Which Retinol is right for me?

June 2024

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Written by Joanne O’Hagan, Meaghers

Retinol has cult status when it comes to active ingredients that make a huge difference to the health and appearance of our skin, but it can be confusing with so many variations of this wonder ingredient on the market to choose the product that will work best on your skin. Below we will explore what Retinol does in the skin, how it works and how best to introduce it in your skincare routine.

The Advantages of Retinol

In the realm of skincare, Vitamin A certainly takes centre stage. This essential skincare ingredient works tirelessly to fortify your skin cells, promoting a youthful glow. It’s a potent ally in the battle against the signs of aging, aiding in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines combating texture issues and even excessive pigment on the skin. Imagine silky smooth skin with an even tone and less lines and wrinkles, here is how it works:

  • Accelerates cell renewal: This natural skin rejuvenation process slows down with age, leading to dullness, sun spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.
  • Stimulates collagen production: Aids in addressing deep-set wrinkles, minimizing large pores, and improving skin firmness.
  • Reduces pigment production: Ideal for individuals with dark spots, uneven skin tone, age spots, and hyperpigmentation, resulting in brighter skin.
  • Exfoliates to eliminate dirt, dead skin cells, and oil from pores: This helps prevent pimple formation and acne scarring, making it ideal for acne sufferers.

Retinoic acid, a Vitamin A derivative available by prescription only, is recommended for patients with severe acne or other skin conditions. While an effective treatment under medical supervision, retinoic acid may lead to unwanted side effects such as skin irritation, dryness, and flaking.

Fortunately, several non-prescription forms of vitamin A with fewer side effects are available. When introduced correctly, they can significantly improve the look and feel of your skin. Among all skincare ingredients, retinol stands out, providing a radiant complexion, hydrated skin, and resolving various skin concerns. Now, which Retinol product suits you best?

Acne Prone Skin

If acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads, and acne scarring is an issue for you, retinol can be an excellent addition to the skincare routine. Using a formula that won’t block the pores, is suitable for skin that may be irritated and is lightweight is essential when using a retinol for acne.

Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil

A high-performance night oil blends Retinol and breakout-clearing Salicylic Acid in a soothing formula. Time-released Retinol aids in diminishing premature aging signs while Salicylic Acid tackles breakouts. Skin-nourishing Argan, Rosehip Seed, and Golden Jojoba oils are actively included.


  • Simultaneously addresses breakouts and premature skin aging signs
  • Renews and calms the skin during the night
  • Promises clearer, more radiant skin by morning

Dermalogica Retinol Clearing Oil 30ml

Treating Lines and Wrinkles

Retinol is the proven anti-ageing ingredient if you want to give your skin a flush of youth. By increasing the collagen production and speeding up the skins renewal process Retinol is the master ingredient for anti aging.

So to brighten and freshen the skin tone and also work on deep set lines and wrinkles, visible pores and signs of sun damage the skingredients Retinol is the one for you!

Potent, pure and clinically proven, Retinol 0.6% + B3 is Skingredients most transformational formula yet, delivering pure encapsulated retinol in a skin-respectful manner. Skingredients have included FOUR actives within this powerhouse blend, including: vitamin A (pure retinol), B3 (niacinamide), hyaluronic acid and humectants. So not only tackling the signs of ageing this formula will work on the hydration levels in the skin leaving your skin silky smooth and sleek.


Skingredients Retinol 0.6% + B3 Anti-Ageing Night Serum

Uneven Skin tone and texture

Retinol is a super ingredient for helping repair damage to the skin by working as an antioxidant. Retinol helps to neutralise free radicals that cause damage in the skin and destroy our collagen and elastin, two vital proteins to keep our skin looking young and fresh and negate premature aging.

Vichy Liftactiv B3 Tone Correcting Night Cream with Pure Retinol, for a more even skin tone and radiant skin. Combat pigmentation caused by day-to-day exposure with the powerful blend of niacinamide (vitamin B3) and 0.15% pure retinol. Liftactiv B3 tone correcting night cream promotes skin surface cell renewal and helps even out skin tone during the night. Skin is left looking more radiant, with skin tone looking more even.


Vichy LiftActiv B3 Pure Retinol Night Cream 50ml

Retinol for Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin you may be tempted to shy away from retinol to avoid any irritation however this means you are missing out on all the amazing benefits of this molecule. For all sensitive skin types there is an option to include retinol in your routine.

The La Roche-Posay Retinol 0.3% + Vitamin B3 Serum is specifically formulated for those concerned with dehydration, skin irregularities (complexion) and wrinkles, but also searching for a serum suitable for sensitive skin. A wonder product that also contains Vitamin B 3 and Glycerin to help soothe sensitive skin.


La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Serum 30ml

Pro Tips to Prevent Irritation when Introducing Retinol

  • Apply retinol at night: Retinol breaks down in UV light, so using it at night is crucial. Look for topical retinoids in a night-time moisturizer, lightweight serum, or retinol oil.
  • Always use SPF: Retinol increases skin sensitivity to UV light, so skipping UV protection can lead to skin burning and severe irritation.
  • Gradually introduce retinol: Begin with a low concentration or use it once a week initially, then increase frequency as your skin adapts, eventually using it every other night.
  • Avoid other active ingredients: On nights when using retinol, avoid using exfoliating acids like glycolic acid, lactic acid, or salicylic acid; save those for nights when you are not using retinol.
  • Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals: Instead, opt for a night cream with a plant-based alternative like Ella & Jo Nourish & Glow Superfood Facial Oil

Ella & Jo Nourish & Glow Superfood Facial Oil 50ml

Start your retinol journey today with Meaghers and achieve glowing, clear and firm skin! Shop all retinol products on and get in touch with our experts if you have any queries or questions


Oonagh O’Hagan

Meaghers Pharmacy

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Which Retinol is right for me?

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