Skincare Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane versus CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum .

    that both contain retinoid.
  • they both do not contain any common allergens, fragrances or parabens.
  • they're both likely to be good for fighting acne, anti aging, brightening skin, oily skin, reducing pores, scar healing, dark spots and better texture.
  • they are reef safe.
  • these products have a total of 1 ingredients in common.
Facial Treatment Canadian Brand Canada
Serum Canadian Brand Canada

Facial Treatment

Facial treatments are specially designed to treat a skin concern. Acne treatments and anti-aging products are common examples of facial treatments.

Serum

Serums are highly concentrated with ingredients to provide skin with benefits. They should be used after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Retinoid

Benefits

Good For Oily Skin
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening

Concerns

Drying
Irritating

Notable Ingredients

AHA
Retinoid
Niacinamide
Ceramides (2)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Good For Oily Skin (2)
Redness Reducing (3)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging (3)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting (2)
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying (2)
Acne Trigger (2)
Irritating (2)
Rosacea

Ingredients Compared

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Ingredients Explained

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1
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Retinol, AKA Vitamin A. Unlike AHA's, retinol does not remove the top layer of old and dead skin cells. Instead, it travels directly to the middle layer and gets to work. It neutralizes free radicals, boosting elastin and collagen production. This in turn makes retinol effective in removing fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged pores.

Retinol is sensitive to breakdown when exposed to sun and air. It will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is recommended to wear SPF after applying retinol.

It is not recommended to use any retinols while pregnant. Retinol may cause irritation in some people.

Read about Tretinoin

The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane contains this as ingredient number 4.

CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum contains this as ingredient number 18.

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Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

38% are loved or liked
38% have mixed ratings
0% are disliked or very disliked
25% have no rating yet
39% are loved or liked
16% have mixed ratings
29% are disliked or very disliked
16% have no rating yet

Usage

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Ratings

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The Ordinary Retinol 0.5% in Squalane 8 ingredients

5.0 /5
Like The Texture

I've tried a lot of retinols and liked the texture of this one the most

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