Our database includes 612 products that contain Retinol.

You should know

What it is



Good for Oily Skin
Large Pores
Dark Spots
Scar Healing


Dry Skin


Retinol is a form of Vitamin A This anti-aging ingredient has plenty of research to back up its claims.

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. As an antioxidant, it boosts elastin and collagen production.

This makes retinol effective in removing fine lines, wrinkles, fading dark spots, and enlarged pores.

Retinol is sensitive to breakdown when exposed to sun and air. Be sure to look for appropriate packaging to keep your retinol potent.

Retinol (and retinoids) will also make your skin more sensitive to the sun. Studies show using retinol consistently will make your skin sensitive for up to a month after the last application. Definitely wear SPF after applying retinol!

It is not recommended to use any retinols while pregnant. Retinol may cause irritation in some people, so be sure to patch test.

Experts recommend 'ramping up' retinol use: start using this ingredient once a week and work up to using it daily.

Read about Tretinoin

Also known as: Vitamin A

Retinol is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 2.1% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:

Skin Conditioning

Community Stats

4165 people from our community have liked or disliked this ingredient.

Users who like it 💖

Often have the following skin types:

Oily Combination

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Seborrheic Dermatitis • Fine Lines • Wrinkles • Dullness

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Dryness • Redness • Dullness

Where it's used

Retinol is most often found as ingredient number 16 within an ingredient list.

Of the 10 products in our database that have a known concentration of Retinol, we've seen concentrations from 0.03% to 3% specified within their ingredient lists.

These are the categories of products that use Retinol the most:

CosIng Data

  • CosIng ID: 37479
  • INN Name: retinol [INN:BAN]
  • EC #:  200-683-7 / 234-328-2
  • Ph. Eur. Name: vitaminum a
  • All Functions: Skin Conditioning
What is CosIng?

CosIng is the European Commission database for information on cosmetic substances and ingredients.

SkinSort uses CosIng to source some of it's data on ingredient names and functions.