Retinol vs. Retinoids: What's the Difference?

Retinol and retinoids are both types of vitamin A derivatives that are used in skincare products to address a variety of skin concerns, including acne, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Retinol is a type of retinoid that is found in clinical skincare products. It is a less aggressive form of vitamin A compared to prescription-strength retinoids.

Retinol, like in our (CorrecT•K) is converted to retinoid acid (the active form of vitamin A) in the skin and can help increase cell turnover, promote collagen production, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Definitely the safer way to reveal younger looking skin. Not all retinols are created equal and you will find different results depending on the formulation.

Retinoids, on the other hand, are a family of vitamin A derivatives that include prescription-strength products like tretinoin, adapalene, and tazarotene.

They are more potent than retinol and can sometimes make your skin susceptible to free radical damage as well as throw the skin off balance. However, if used with doctor supervision, it could be greatly beneficial. 

Retinoids work by binding to specific receptors in the skin and promoting cell turnover, which can help improve the appearance of acne, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles.

While both retinol and retinoids can be effective for improving the appearance of the skin, it's always best to have an aesthetician, nurse or doctor evaluate your skin before and throughout vitamin A use.

It's also important to wear sunscreen during the day when using these products, as they can make the skin more sensitive to the sun.