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Retinol and its derivatives are hailed as anti-aging superstars, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Let’s debunk some common retinol myths and set the record straight.

Myth 1:

Retinoic Acid, Retinol, Retinaldehyde, and Other ‘Retin’ Ingredients Are All the Same

Not True. Retinoic acid is the purest form and the most irritating. The further away from retinoic acid, the more conversion steps are needed for effectiveness. Here’s the conversion process:

Retinyl Palmitate → Retinol → Retinaldehyde → Retinoic Acid
Additionally, did you know that Bakuchiol is like retinol, and Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate (HPR) is similar to retinoic acid and requires no conversion.

Myth 2:

You Can’t Use Retinoids During the Day

Myth. While traditional retinoids are typically used at night to avoid sun sensitivity, Bakuchiol can be used twice daily, even during the day.

Myth 3:

You Don’t Need to Exfoliate When Using Retinol

Not True. Retinol speeds up cellular turnover, meaning your skin exfoliates itself faster, but it doesn’t exfoliate. Chemical exfoliation dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together, complementing retinol’s effects.  So you still need both together. 

Myth 4:

Retinoids Thin the Skin

The Opposite Is True. Retinoids increase collagen production, thickening the skin. More collagen means plumper skin with fewer wrinkles.

Myth 5:

You Should Not Use Retinoids Around Your Eyes

False. If you have wrinkles or crow’s feet, using retinoids around your eyes can be beneficial. Just be cautious and start with lower concentrations to avoid irritation.

Myth 6:

Retinoids Work Immediately

False. Retinoids are anti-aging superstars but require time to work. You need at least 12 weeks to see noticeable differences.

Myth 7:

You Can’t Apply Retinoids to Wet Skin

Myth. You can apply retinoids to wet skin without harm. The belief that wet skin application dilutes effectiveness or increases irritation is unfounded.

Myth 8:

Once Skin Gets Used to Retinoids, They Stop Working

Not True. Once your skin acclimates, you might not see dramatic changes, but the retinoid maintains the status quo. You can upgrade to more potent formulations, such as combining Bakuchiol with Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, like in the Bedtime Booster.


Retinoids are powerful allies in the fight against aging, but understanding how they work and dispelling myths can help you make the most of them. Whether you’re using retinol, Bakuchiol, or advanced formulations like HPR, consistent and informed use is key to achieving and maintaining youthful, radiant skin.