Retinols are somehow both the most championed and most feared of skin care products. Anyone who has used them can attest to the fact that they help with skin cell turnover, leading to a clearer, brighter, and overall healthier looking complexion. But retinols are no joke, and they can be harsh on some people's skin — especially if yours is sensitive. It's a common misconception that these skin types can't reap the benefits of retinols, but that's not the case —all that you need is one of the best retinols for sensitive skin.
Like with most other beauty products, the key to finding a retinol for sensitive skin all has to do with the ingredients list. You want to find a product with a low percentage of retinol (also known as vitamin A) — I'm talking 0.25 percent or less. You'll still benefit from the ingredient, but your skin won't get angry. Also, look for hydrating or soothing ingredients (like hyaluronic acid or green tea, for example) that will counteract any dryness or irritation from the retinol — two common side effects.
Another tip for using retinol safely with sensitive skin is to start by using it once or twice a week. Once your skin adjusts to it, you can bump up your use to every-other night, but you don't really need to be using it more than that. It's also important that you use an SPF every day (and always apply the retinol at night), as retinol tends to make skin more photosensitive.