But even though you don’t have a sensitive skin or might never experience Retinization, it’s still a good idea to read about it and get to know more about how retinol skincare works.
Retinization starts a few days after you first start applying retinol and can last about a month (give or take two to four weeks) while your skin builds up tolerance for it.
During this period, your skin is getting used to the retinol and may get your face looking a bit darker, dry, flaky, reddish or with mild spots/pimples especially if you have sensitive skin.
When this happens please DO NOT freak out.
Don’t Stop using or abandon your retinol cream because this is completely normal for some.
While it might seem like a red flag it’s actually an early sign that the product is already getting to work and your skin cells are turning over at a high rate—this is all part of the process, and you need to stick with it in order to get to a point where your skin starts to clear.
Before you started using Retinol, you have to remember you already have skin concerns (pimples, acne) underneath the skin & waiting for their turn to mature & surface. They would have materialized into a pimple or acne or any other skin condition regardless.
Since we are talking about acne, here is a complete guide to getting rid of acne breakouts for clear skin that you might find useful.
What Retinol does is to accelerate skin cell turnover which could unfortunately cause a "temporal" uptick in breakouts. However, the key thing to note here, is that it’s not the product breaking you out but rather the process of increased cellular turnover.
The spots coming to the surface now would have come to the surface at some point anyway since complete cell cycle is approximately 4-8 weeks. Retinol simply sped that process up. So when you start using them for the first time, your cell turnover is disrupted, hence the spots that were brewing already suddenly appear earlier.
The key is not to stop the products. Keep pushing through, it’s a fairly short lived process and one that reaps rewards!
Patience is key. Well, patience and 5 derm-approved tips to make this adaptation period more bearable. Don’t give up too soon—those superhero results are just a few weeks away.