The Best Retinol Products For Sensitive Skin

From clearing breakouts to targeting signs of aging and alleviating issues with skin tone and texture, retinol is one of powerhouse ingredients of the skincare world. You can read all about how it works here, but if your skin is prone to irritation and sensitivity, you’re gonna need to pick your retinol with care… 

Retinol is a very active ingredient so it can cause skin to react, especially if it’s already prone to irritation and sensitivity. If previous experiences with retinol have left your skin looking red and feeling dry, keep on scrolling to meet a solution that will work for you. 

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Squalane

If your skin really is as sensitive and reactive as they come, opt for a retinoid over a retinol. It delivers all the same results and benefits, minus the irritation – so is suitable for all skin types. The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Squalane is an entry-level formula sees the retinoid suspended in squalane oil (a powerful hydrator), making it ideal if you have dry skin.  

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

Just like the above, The Ordinary’s Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion utilises retinol’s kinder-to-skin (but just as effective) counterpart, retinoid. However, this particular blend is oil-free so is more suited to oily or combination skin types. The light, creamy emulsion balances moisture levels while working hard to restore skin tone, and is totally safe for even the most sensitive skin. 

Instanatural Retinol Serum

Instanatural’s Retinol Serum is perfect if you’re new to the world of retinol since it sparks no reaction, even when applied to the most sensitive of complexions. While retinol is the hero ingredient, the gentle formula is also packed with vitamin C, niacinamide, argan oil, and hyaluronic acid to alleviate the dryness and redness sometimes caused by retinol products. 

Rodial Dragons Blood Night Cream

Get your beauty sleep (literally) with Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Night Cream, a rich overnight treatment that works its magic while you rest. The inclusion of retinol means it repairs, renews, and regenerates skin throughout the night, and because it’s suspended in a thick cream formula which shields sensitive skin from the harsh effects of retinol, it does so without causing irritation.