Retinol serum: myths vs. facts

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Retinol serum has become an important step in any skincare routine because of its anti-aging benefits, but there are also a lot of misconceptions about this product. In this blog, we will discuss these myths so that you can incorporate retinol serum into your skincare routine correctly.

What is retinol?

Retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A and is part of the retinoid family. Retinol can be applied topically in lower concentrations in the form of serums or creams. Retinol penetrates the skin and boosts cell turnover, which helps shed dull skin cells and promote the growth of new and healthier skin cells. This process can help tackle fine lines and wrinkles.

Myths vs. facts

Myth: Retinol serum makes the skin thinner

Fact: Retinol serum doesn’t make the skin thinner rather it boosts collagen production, which can lead to thicker skin.

Myth: Retinol causes excessive peeling and redness

Fact: Retinol is an active ingredient, so it’s normal to experience a little irritation in the beginning. It is recommended to use a low concentration retinol serum and apply a moisturizer before and after applying the serum.

Myth: You should skip retinol during the summer due to increased sun sensitivity

Fact: While retinol does increase some degree of sensitivity towards sun, you don’t need to skip it altogether. Apply a good broad spectrum sunscreen before stepping out. Additionally, you should apply retinol serum in your night time routine.

Myth: You can only add either retinol serum or Vitamin C serum in your skincare routine

Fact: You can add both retinol and Vitamin C serum into your skincare routine. Use Vitamin C serum in the morning and retinol serum at night for best results.

Myth: Moisturizer can dilute the effectiveness of retinol face serum

Fact: Using a moisturizer before and after applying retinol face serum is important to reduce the risk of potential irritation.

Myth: Retinol serum makes skin oilier

Fact:  Retinol serum for oily skin can be beneficial as it actually regulates oil production. Initially it might cause purging but eventually it can help control oil levels.

Myth: Retinol serum can be used all over the face

Fact: Avoid using retinol on sensitive areas like near your eyes to avoid potential irritation.


Retinol serum benefits our skin in multiple ways and hence can be a valuable addition to your skincare routine. We have addressed common misconceptions about retinol based serum in this blog and we hope you will not skip on this wonderful skincare ingredient because of myths surrounding it!


1.How often should I use retinol serum?

If you are a beginner, start using it once a week and gradually increase the frequency to everyday usage.

2.How long does it take to observe results from using retinol?

It takes around 10 to 12 weeks to see noticeable results from using retinol.