Find out if Retinol is right for you

Find out if Retinol is right for you

Before you go all in, let us caution you – Retinol is not for everyone. Look out for these 3 main barriers when using retinol:

1. Irritation and redness

2. Photosensitivity

3. Interactions with other ingredients

Those with sensitive skin or conditions such as rosacea or hyper pigmentation should avoid using it or consult with your therapist, as it may cause irritation or sun damage. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should also steer clear of retinol. And while retinol is great at improving the appearance of your skin, it’s important to remember that it should not be mixed with certain ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide, as the combination can lead to dryness and redness. Benzoyl peroxide is commonly used in acne treatments and products such as cleansers, face masks, exfoliating scrubs, moisturizers, etc.

It is important to note that Retinol should only be used at night and an SPF 50+ should be a non-negotiable part of your skincare routine.

Retinol can be your best friend if used correctly. When starting, start off with using it only once a week, if your skin has no reaction, increase to twice a week. When the skin is used to it, it is recommended to use every night.

Make sure your Retinol is a Pure Retinoic acid and not a derivative (ester) of Retinol. Some of these derivatives are called Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinyl Propionate and Retinyl Linoleate. These derivatives are available to buy over the counter, where a pure Retinoic acid will be recommended or prescribed.

Women usually start using Retinol based on their friend’s recommendation but it is important to note that it is not suitable for all skin types. It is always better to take expert advice before starting out as it might not work out with the combination of other skincare products you might be using.

Ivory Aesthetics Clinic specializes in the science of skincare and ensuring the treatments and products you are applying speak to each other in the same language with the same level of care. As the city of Dubai continues to shine and thrive, so should your skin! We believe that everyone deserves to have a complexion as radiant as the skyline of our beloved city.

6 Reasons to start using Retinol right away:

1. Improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Retinol boosts cellular turnover and stimulates collagen production, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2. Enhances skin texture

Regular use of retinol can improve the overall texture of your skin, making it smoother, clearer, and more radiant.

3. Unclogs pores

Retinol helps unclog pores by removing dead skin cells This helps prevent breakouts and reduce the appearance of existing acne scars.

4. Evens skin tone

Retinol can help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and age spots.

5. Boosts skin firmness

By stimulating collagen production, retinol can help improve skin firmness and elasticity, giving your skin a youthful, plump appearance.

6. Improves sleep cycle

As a little-known benefit, retinol has been shown to have a positive effect on the body’s natural sleep cycle, promoting better sleep and reducing the risk of sleep disorders.

Here’s a fun fact about Retinol:

Retinol has been known to have a positive effect on the body’s natural circadian rhythm! That’s right, retinol can help regulate the production of melanopsin, a pigment in the eye that helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle. By improving the body’s natural sleep cycle, retinol can lead to better sleep and reduced risk of sleep disorders.

Here’s some of our favorite Retinol based products for daily use:


DMK Revitosin contains a blend of Vitamin A derivatives aimed to regulate cellular turnover and encourage healthy skin. Recommended for premature aging, acne, pigmentation, scarring & clients undergoing a professional skin revision program.



Activ Retinol 1.0 

Prevents the appearance of signs of aging thanks to an optimal concentration of retinol. Combined with a cocktail including antioxidants and ceramides, it helps to protect and strengthen the skin. Recommended for aging skin, loss of elasticity and dull complexion.



Retinol Serum

Promotes the maintenance of the anti-oxidant systems, soothes & protects skin cells against solar damage, slows down the destruction of skin proteins, builds new proteins, improves DNA health and protects against UV radiation assisting in the reduction of the signs of aging.



All these products are suitable for all skin types and safe to use.

For more information, Get in touch with Ivory Aesthetics Clinic via Call/WhatsApp on 0556783783 or schedule a consultation with our professional skin specialist today!


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