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At Neutrogena®, we're not anti-aging, we're anti-wrinkles.™ Retinol reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and renews skin’s surface for radiant, younger-looking skin. Here are all your questions about dermatologist-recommended retinol, answered.
Simply put, retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and a powerful ingredient. Formulas containing it help fight against signs of aging skin. It's the #1 dermatologist-recommended non-prescription skin-aging solution for its ability to improve the appearance of collagen-depleted skin, complement skin’s natural renewal process and fight the signs of aging. Accelerated Retinol SA is a unique combination of retinol, glucose complex and hyaluronic acid and works in our formulas to renew the look your skin and deliver fast, effective, visible results.
Retinol is your secret weapon in complementing skin’s natural renewal process, allowing radiant-looking new skin while sloughing off dead skin. As you age, skin renewal begins to slow. This skincare staple works by boosting the skin’s surface renewal process and helps to strengthen skin’s foundation to minimize the look of age spots, improve skin texture and help resist the look of lines and wrinkles.
Retinol can be found in multiple steps of a routine in the form of a night cream, oil, serum or other forms. Find these retinol products here.
We believe in our ability to impact the skin as it ages and for that reason, are constantly pushing ourselves to understand skin even more dynamically. 25 years ago, Johnson & Johnson Scientists were the first to perfect the process of stabilizing and then introduce pure stabilized Retinol to the US. To-date Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health has more than 20 patents on stabilization enhancements and new ways to improve efficacy, tolerance and aesthetics (this includes more than 100 clinical studies on 5,000 patients).
Accelerated Retinol SA, which stands for sustained action, includes our uniquely stabilized retinol along with complementary anti-aging ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and a Glucose Complex, or Myrtus Communis leaf extract. Through years of research, our scientists developed a patented emollient blend to help optimize and slow the retinol delivery within skin’s surface. We’ve scientifically tested our formulas to ensure the retinol gets delivered where it needs to go to be effective.
Our studies indicate that after one-week, people begin to see improvements from our formula, in the visible signs of aging – smoothness, texture, hydration and fine lines. And because we have built a gentle formula suitable for daily use, with continued use, the benefits become even greater.
While aging is a natural part of life, you can keep your skin looking and feeling its healthiest for longer by adding effective products to your anti-aging skincare routine at the right time — which may be sooner than you think! We recommend helping to prevent future signs of damage rather than trying to undo it.
As you age, your body's natural production of collagen slows down. Although you may not see the effects until later, this process can begin in your mid-20s and leaves skin with a thinner texture, wrinkles and less elasticity over time. Counteract this decline in the signs of aging by introducing a retinol into your routine in your late 20s.
An anti-aging routine lays the foundation for healthy looking skin before the damage has set in.
Here's when to incorporate tried-and-true anti-aging powerhouses into your daily routine.
Learn the do's and don'ts of retinol and using it with other ingredients.
Studies have shown that topical retinol skin care creams do not increase your risk of sunburn. With or without retinol, always remember to wear sunscreen daily.
Look for a retinol that has been stabilized so it won’t break down.
When you start with retinol, minor skin irritation may occur—that's normal. Begin with a small amount every other day for about two weeks. Then, gradually increase usage. Once your skin adjusts to this effective ingredient, you'll be able to incorporate it into a daily skin care regimen with little chance of flaking or redness.
Remember that not all retinol and not all retinols products are created equal. Our scientists have studied the effects of our retinol and have shown that results continued to improve even up to 1 year after.
Yes, retinol can be used to help fight signs of skin aging before they become apparent.
Early use of retinol products can actually help to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles before they become apparent, so you can help your skin stay looking younger and healthier. It’s a good idea to introduce retinol slowly into your regimen. Slowly build up your tolerance level—begin by applying a product containing retinol every other day.
Accelerated Retinol SA helps this formula reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and sun damage. Users, who had been using retinol for a year, found that Accelerated Retinol SA in the Rapid Wrinkle Repair® Night and Regenerating Cream products was nearly twice as effective.
In fact, a 1-year Retinol study1 that proved this, after 52 weeks, a stabilized retinol formula showed: