The Ordinary Retinol according to skin type

The Ordinary Retinol according to skin type

I feel like retinol is like coffee. In the beginning you might be like, I’m not sure about it. But then when you start, you will do it until the rest of your life. It’s like the best part of your skincare. But it is so confusing.

The ordinary offered six different retinols and which one is good for me, which one I should use and which one you should use. So today we’re going to break them all down. So after, hopefully you will see and you will know best among the ordinary retinol according to skin type.

Granactive Retinoid 2%

Granactive retinoid is a delivery system of the active ingredient hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR), which is a retinoic acid ester.

When you have retinol, then it breaks down to retinaldehyde, and then you have the retinoid acid. So if you’re applying retinol to your skin, then your skin needs to break it to retinaldehyde and then to the retinoic acid in order to work. And of course all of those processes will make this product being a little bit less and less effective. Because the HPR doesn’t need to be converted, it’s supposed to work better and it also is far less irritating than the actual retinol can’t be.

Although it is very new product and there’s not many data proven and standing by this, it is really hard to actually say that this is better than the retinol because no one really knows.

Comparing to a retinol where there is so much data coming, even from 1930, I believe so it is something that I personally trust more, although no one says it’s worse because it might be actually so much better. Especially for people who get irritating by using retinol who have more sensitive skin. And the skin is dry and flaky, this could be the better option.

With this Granactive retinoids, we have three different ones. The first one is granite retinoid 2% in Squalane and in Squalane mean that it is in the form of oil and squalanes is actually the oil that is the most similar to the oil that our skin produce. But this doesn’t mean that you’re going to breakout and you’re going to be oily, it’s just the easier for our skin to absorb. I personally really like oil, so this will be definitely something for me. And this one is apparently the safer one to use because the ordinary is claiming that the chances of getting irritated is zero. So it’s supposed to be the safest option to use, especially for someone with sensitive skin.

But also if you feel like your skin needs a little bit more, then you can use this one around your eyes so that you make sure that your skin around your eyes won’t get irritated. I heard this trick from many people and I feel like I’m a try.

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It is also very stable. Since the formula does not contain any water, you can have it on your shelf for twelve months. This is a really long time, right?

Although while using this product your skin might get a little bit of this yellow tint which probably won’t be visible on your skin. Although if you go into sleep and you have a white sheet it might get a little bit yellow. So this may be problematic for some people.

This product contains 0.02 HPR and according to some studies, 0.1% of HPR is not enough to cure Acne. So even if it’s 0.2, it might still not be enough to help you with acne problems, although it might help you with anti-aging and so on.

Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane

The same thing applied to the granactive retinoid 5%. It is a stable one, you can have it on your shelf for twelve months. It is also in a squalane form, so it has this oily formula and the chances of getting irritated are really low. Although the percentage of the HPR is higher, you can see a better results.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

This product does not come in oily form, but it comes in this light, emotion ,creamy formula, which might be better for people who are not a fan of using oil on their skin and they feel like their skin is getting extra oily after using it. That might be the safest option. It is a 2% one, so the chances of getting irritating are really low. Although they are a little bit higher than in the previous one, still it’s almost nothing.

This product contains 0.2 HPR plus the Encapsulated retinols. They didn’t say the percentage of this retinol. Although you can assume that this product will be stronger than the Granulated Retinol 2% in squalanes, there’s not many studies and data. So it is hard to say.

If you are not a fan of oil, this is actually the only option that you can have from the whole range of the ordinary retinols.

And also because this is not an oily based formula. They still say that you can have it on your shelf for twelve months, but that’s a little bit tricky. Some people said that it’s impossible to be stable for that long, so you need to be careful with this one.  

Even though our skin might work harder and the effects might take longer, that doesn’t mean that the effects won’t be as spectacular as with the other products. It means that it will just take us longer, which I am a fan of, especially for people who have oily or combination skin. We usually don’t get irritating that fast, so for me it is a safe option. It is on the market for years, so I’m kind of like safe and I feel protected with using those products.

My thoughts

But everyone is different. Definitely retinol is far more irritating than the HPR formula, so you need to be careful and you need to start low and then build your way up. Don’t start with retinal 1% or 2% or even ½.

Start from the lowest, which is retinol 0.2% in Squalane. It is also very stable. You can have it on your shelf for up to twelve months. And I would say that this is the best retinol for someone who is just getting started.

After using it for months or even years, you can move on to a retinol 0.5%. And that’s the one I am currently using. I’m just obsessed with this retinol and I’m planning to use it for at least one more year until I’m going to move on to a retinol 1%. This is the highest retinol in Squalane that they have from the ordinary.