Our database includes 437 products that contain Retinol.

Community rating: Liked

What it is



Good for Oily Skin
Large Pores
Dark Spots
Scar Healing


Dry Skin

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

Also known as: Vitamin A

Retinol is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 2.3% of the products in our database containing it.

What it does:

Skin Conditioning

Community Data

1642 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:

Fine Lines • Wrinkles • Dullness • Pores

Users who dislike it 💔

Often have the following skin types:

Sensitive Dry

Usually have one or more of the following skin concerns:

Sensitivity • Dryness • Fine Lines • Redness

Where it's used

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

Of the 4 products in our database that have a known concentration of Retinol, we've seen concentrations from 0.1% to 0.3% 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.