Best Retinols for All Skins by BestOfMakeupAlley
BEST FOR: sensitive to combination skin "I was a bit leery of starting since I have uber sensitive skin but this product is AH-MAZE-ING!!! No scent...and...Everytime I used [it] my husband would comment on how good my completion looked."
BEST FOR: any skin type "These masks do a great job of rejuvenating the eye area and they work better [and] longer than any cream [I've] tried...throughout the next day my eyes look bright...and any crepiness is greatly diminished..."
BEST FOR: combination and acne-prone skin "My skin is GLOWING ...I...can't wait to...wake up and see how much better my skin is going to look. Pores- shrinking, dark spot-fading...I am a brown skinned African American with big cheek pores...It works."
BEST FOR: any skin type "I found that this is... as good a night cream as anything...I've tried, and it was so, SO inexpensive! Other [retinol] creams...cost 20 to 50 times more. I have a bit [of] trouble finding it now, but...it's truly a hidden gem!"
BEST FOR: normal to oily skin; sensitive should avoid "I always come back to this cream because it works. My face glows and my fine lines are diminished. (I wouldn't recommend it for sensitive skin- it's got a tendency to sting. I... use a separate eye [
BEST FOR: any skin except sensitive (mixed reviews) "It works!...This product has softened those crow's feet considerably. It's also diminished the crepey skin on my eyelids.I feel like I've turned back the clock about 5-6 years..."
BEST FOR: combination and acne-prone; sensitive should avoid (mixed reviews) "The overall look and feel of my skin has improved...All the blackheads...have cleared up. Old acne scars...became less noticeable...My skin looks brighter and smoother."
BEST FOR: dry (in particular) to combination skin "I can visibly see that my skin is smoother and the ever present dry patches have gone. It does temporarily plump up wrinkles around the eyes and neck...and the retinol in it does not scorch my skin."
BEST FOR: dry to oily skin; sensitive and very dry should avoid "This is my HG retinol product. I use it every night and it is the only one that I can use on the eye area...The serum is more liquid than serum...This is the only product I apply at night..
BEST FOR: combination skin; hit or miss for other skin types " It keeps acne and fine-lines/wrinkles at bay. First time I used it, it did sting my skin because of the retinol component, but my skin [adjusted]..."
GOOD FOR: sensitive and combination skin; hit or miss for other skin types "The first two weeks, I had significant peeling; After one month, my skin is smoother overall. Some sunspots and fine lines have simply vanished...signs of rosacea are reduced..."
GOOD FOR: sensitive skin "3 month I used it every 2 day.....my skin became more accustom to the retinol. I noticed my wrinkles are less apparent and skin tighter. Now it's been 6mths my skin feel good and notice a big difference. I'm glad persevered...
GOOD FOR: sensitive skin "...since it's the form recommended for sensitive skin I tried it...[and] it is making a difference in my skin. It's been about three weeks and it's brighter and plumper than before, and my wrinkles have slightly relaxed."
GOOD FOR: sensitive skin "This is a great intro to retinol. The price will seem high for the drugstore, but the ingredients are good, and there are no unnecessary irritants or fragrance in the formula."
GOOD FOR: normal skin "My skin loves it and it's a genuine pleasure to apply each evening. Despite the high percentage (3%) of the main active, I continue to experience zero irritation or other ill effects."
GOOD FOR: sensitive eyes "I have issues with allergies that make my undereyes puffy and irritated and during the day scratchy, so I need a cream that takes care of my skin and keeps it healthy...I used it every day since I got it a few months ago..."
GOOD FOR: all skins except oily "I alternate with the strongest concentration of prescription tretinoin. Since I've started using this moisturizer, my skin has not been irritated by the tretinoin or anything else. It has also gotten more even-toned..."
GOOD FOR: normal skin "Highly recommend this stuff...My...skin type is mostly normal (prone to dehydration but easily keep that at bay with proper moisturization) and pretty much bulletproof."
GOOD FOR: normal to oily skin "I've been using this product for over a year and love it. It's surprisingly moisturizing considering it's more like a serum than a cream, and it keeps my skin smooth, even, and glowing..."
GOOD FOR: sensitive skin "I have noticed smoother / more even skin, although not much in diminishing of fine lines under the eyes (I don't have lines elsewhere so will see how this will prevent lines from forming). No allergic reaction or pimple[s]..."