Can you use retinol if you have sensitive skin?
“Generally speaking, yes,” says Robinson. Retinol, or vitamin A, is loved by dermatologists for its ability to speed skin cell turnover and boost collagen production. (A retinoid denotes prescription strength, while retinol is over the counter.) The downside: It can be harsh on skin, causing flaking and dryness. InstaNatural’s Retinol Serum ($18.97; amazon.com) offsets any dryness with hydrating hyaluronic acid. If that’s still too harsh for your skin, try a naturally derived alternative called bakuchiol, which is gentler but has retinol-like properties. A good one: Olehenriksen Goodnight Glow Retin-ALT Sleeping Crème ($55; sephora.com).