Retinol: Worth the Hype? Now, Yes.

While Retinol isn’t a new ingredient, it’s one of the most effective and dermatologist-recommended anti-aging, anti-blemish actives in all skincare. It’s challenges have been around dosage and skin sensitivity, both solved by administration through the Droplette device. Experience classic Retinol as a new, improved ingredient.

By Droplette Team ∙ November 22, 2019

Retinol is not new. It’s not even close to new. It was discovered in the 1930s by Swiss Chemist Paul Karrer, who earned a Nobel prize for his work. But it took another 30 years for scientists to figure out how to apply it to dermatological conditions, as the compound degrades after exposure to light and oxygen. In the 1960s, it took researchers metabolizing retinol into its more stable (and more active) cousin, retinoic acid, before the FDA would approve its usage in medicine. Retin-A — a brand name for retinoic acid/tretinoin — received FDA approval in 1971 as a prescription for acne, but the effects were even better than expected. Dermatologists began noticing reductions in wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation, as well as breakouts, so the ingredient caught on like wildfire.

But wildfire is an apt simile in this case, as patients took their love for Retin-A too far. Usually because of over-usage, many users irritated their skin, making it scaly, red, and painful. This is because the retinoic-acid molecule is a unicorn in skincare: it’s tiny, so more of it penetrates skin than other ingredients, which just sit on the surface. For skin that isn’t used to much disruption, more wasn’t always better. Plus, not every patient was diligent about sunscreen, so UV exposure complicated matters and made skin even more sensitive.

So slowly but surely, Retinol fell out of favor, and rare ingredients such as glacial waters and mega mushrooms started garnering more attention in the prestige beauty arena. But dermatologists have believed in responsible retinoid use this whole time, especially now that chemists have invented ways of using retinol (the parent ingredient) instead of its acidic form to improve skin tolerance, and microencapsulation is now a trend to ensure stability. It saw a resurgence around 2010, and the results are difficult to deny. Retinol is here to stay.

Droplette is pioneering the next revolution for Retinol by delivering the tiniest droplets possible over broad surface areas, for consistent treatment of aging skin. By administering through the Droplette device, the advantages are clear: stable actives in hygienic capsules, low but effective concentrations to diminish irritation, deep ingredient delivery for optimized performance, and no ingredient “clumping” for trustworthy outcomes, every time. We don’t want to reinvent skincare ingredients, just the way they work for you.

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