21Ninety: Retinol Products Gentle Enough for Sensitive Skin

Feb 20, 2024

Retinol Products Gentle Enough for Sensitive Skin


Retinol is one of those skin care ingredients that’s known for tackling a number of concerns.

“Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, promotes cellular turnover, which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation,” licensed esthetician, Alexis Pfropper, told 21Ninety.

Pfropper says retinol stimulates collagen production, leading to firmer, smoother skin and can help unclog pores, and improve overall skin texture and tone.” 

There is one caveat, however. Retinol is potent. High concentrations of retinol irritate sensitive skin with symptoms of redness, itching, or burning sensations. The good news is that there are retinol products made specifically for sensitive skin. That includes lower concentrations of the powerful ingredient as well as a few other forms of vitamin A derivatives.

“Despite its reputation for being harsh, retinol can still benefit sensitive skin when used in lower concentrations and combined with soothing ingredients,” Pfropper concluded.