Retinoids & Sensitive Skin
For those with sensitive skin, certain skincare ingredients can cause an adverse reaction. And when it comes to retinoids, a form of vitamin A that helps cell turnover, sensitive skin types should exercise caution as it can induce irritation. However, if incorporated correctly into your skincare routine, you can still use retinol even if you have delicate skin. According to skin experts, the primary key is to start with a very low percentage and take it slow. You may also need to do some extra homework to find the right retinol product for your needs. Other tips include (1) ensuring you cleanse your skin first with a gentle and moisturizing face wash, (2) using a milder version of vitamin A like retinyl propionate, and (3) moisturizing first before using retinol to increase tolerability.