The Scary Downside To Retinol That No One Tells You About

May 29, 2017 by Emily Belfiore
shefinds | beauty

There are so many products out there that can work wonders on your skin, reduce acne and fine lines. One of the most popular ingredients that these products have in common is retinol.


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Retinol works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles by the rejuvenating the skin with collagen. It’s also been proven to speed cell turnover to even out discoloring and even unclog pores, making them look smaller and reducing acne.


While the benefits to retinol are all over mainstream media, there’s something you should know about it before you use it. Click to reveal the scary downside to retinol that no one tells you about.


Despite all its skincare benefits, retinol makes the skin extremely sensitive to the sun. Remember how it promotes cell turnover? Well, that new skin is very sensitive and should not be exposed to the sun. This is an important fact to know about retinol because it can lead to serious consequences.


If you’re going to use retinol products at night, make sure that you use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen during the day. Also, make sure that you’re not using a sunscreen or foundation that has retinol in it, as it will not protect your skin as well as advertised on the bottle. 


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Emily Belfiore is a former associate editor of SheFinds. She wrote beauty, weight loss, wellness and celebrity stories for the site. She is a pop culture enthusiast.

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