Retinyl Retinoate

Retinyl retinoate is a part of the vitamin A family of ingredients, which combines retinol with retinoic acid. Research shows that this makes it more stable in the delivery (a common problem with either active alone), as well as more potent and less irritating. It is broken down by the body in two stages - first into retinol and retinoic acid, then the retinol is broken down again into retinoic acid, so essentially packing double the punch. Studies carried out comparing this to pure retinol showed significantly more effective and faster results, with comparable side effects. It is part of a family of ingredients also found on ingredients lists as encapsulated retinaldehyde, hydroxypinacolone retinoate, retinaldehyde, retinyl palmitate and retinyl propionate.

What is Retinyl Retinoate?

An ester of retinol and retinoic acid, designed to improve stability, potency, and skin tolerability. Compared to retinol, it is significantly more effective with faster results, but with comparable side effects.

What does Retinyl Retinoate do?

This ingredient is an antioxidant that stimulates collagen production, treating fine lines, wrinkles and a reduction of elasticity in the skin which can naturally come with aging. It exfoliates the skin, unclogging pores, helping treat acne and blemishes and improving the overall appearance of the skin making it smooth and supple.

Who is Retinyl Retinoate good for?

If any of the following apply Retinyl Retinoate might be a good option for you:




Enlarged Pores

Fine Lines





Who should avoid Retinyl Retinoate?

If any of the following apply it might be best to avoid Retinyl Retinoate:

Related Allergy



Impaired skin barrier

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