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5 SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED - Dermatologist DR. DRAY

5 SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED – DR DRAY

5 SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU NEEDED – DR DRAY

Dermatologist Dr. Dray discloses 5 skincare ingredients that you need in your skincare routine. Some of these ingredients are quite popular but you may not be using them to their full potential. Dr. Dray talks about these and some of the best products containing these skincare ingredients that you can choose from.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

FIVE KEY SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED

SKINCARE INGREDIENT NUMBER 1 – BENZOYL PEROXIDE

Benefits of Benzoyl Peroxide

1. Reduces Acne
2. Reduces Body Odor
3. Reduces Ingrown Hairs
4. Exfoliates the skin.
5. Helps reduce skin bumps.
6. Helps with Impetigo – A skin condition caused by using gym equipment or participating in team/contact sports.

Benzoyl Peroxide is a popular skincare ingredient that you have probably heard of in terms of acne. Yes, this ingredient is helpful when treating acne, but did you know that Benzoyl Peroxide has other benefits as well? Benzoyl Peroxide can be incredibly beneficial when it comes to body odor as well. Who knew!

Especially useful in the summer, if you sweat a lot in the armpits, consider a benzoyl peroxide wash. Lather it around your armpits, let it sit on the skin for a few minutes and wash it off. This helps cut down on bacteria that would otherwise result in sweat.

Benzoyl Peroxide is an anti-bacterial ingredient, the difference between other anti-bacterial ingredients and benzoyl peroxide is that the bacteria that live under the skin does not build resistant to benzoyl peroxide. This skincare ingredient is also anti inflammatory so if you deal with ingrown hairs, try a benzoyl peroxide wash in that area. It exfoliates, thus cuts down the chances of ingrown hairs.

This skincare ingredient is also useful for people who have smelly feet, just lather the product containing this skincare ingredient, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse it out.

Dr. Dray Recommended Products with Benzoyl Peroxide

SKINCARE INGREDIENTS YOU NEED

Click here for The Best Skincare Products of 2020 – Recommended by Dr. Dray

SKINCARE INGREDIENT NUMBER 2 – RETINOID

Benefits of Retinoids

1. Reduces Acne
2. Reduces Hyperpigmentation
3. Reduces Sun Damage
4. It has anti-aging properties, reduces age Spots.
5. Reduces Wrinkles
6. Reduces Freckles
7. Helps reduce enlarged Oil Glands.
8. Reduces Milia.

Retinoids are forms of Vitamin A that for the most part are helpful for acne and anti-aging purposes. Mostly retinoids are a prescription only skincare ingredients, but they are available over the counter in some cases as well. Adapalene is a form of retinoid available in stores, this skincare ingredient is useful for acne. It can also be used in improving the appearance of sun damage.

There is scientific proof that Adapalene can be useful in reducing sunspots, age spots, freckles, wrinkles. This skincare ingredient is not just for the face, you can use it on your body as well. It gently exfoliates the skin and helps with enlarged oil glands on the skin, which is a common skin condition.

Retinoids are also beneficial when dealing with milia, which is a skin condition when you develop tiny bumps on the skin. Hyperpigmentation is another area that can benefit from using adapalene, or other retinoids.

Dr. Dray Recommended Products with Retinoids

Looking for more information about retinoids and retinols and product recommendations? I have a blog post up about that. Click here for Top 6 Retinol Recommendations by Dr. Dray.

SKINCARE INGREDIENT NUMBER 3 – PETROLATUM OR PETROLEUM GELLY

Benefits of Petrolatum

1. Heals cuts.
2. Helps first degree burns.
3. Helps with dry, crusty eyelids.
4. Heals chapped lips.
5. Reduces chafing.

This skincare ingredient is a skin protectant, it reduces water reduction and keeps the skin hydrated and healthy. It provides a seal to the skin and facilitates healing if you cut your skin or suffer from first degree burns.

The most common product with this skincare ingredient is good old Vaseline. Petrolatum is the only skincare ingredient in Vaseline, which is why Vaseline is dermatologist Dr. Dray’s favorite when it comes to this skincare ingredient. However, there are some other brands that include this skincare ingredient in their products.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment is another Petrolatum based ingredient, it does have a few other ingredients, which could lead to allergies, in case you are sensitive to those ingredients. Vaseline does not have that issue since it is 100% Petrolatum. CeraVe Healing Ointment is another Petrolatum Dr. Dray favorite. This contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid which provides a skin barrier to the skin and adds more moisture to the skin.

Dr. Dray Recommended Products with Petrolatum

SKINCARE INGREDIENT NUMBER 4 – UREA

Benefits of Urea

1. Great for addressing dry skin – helps retain moisture.
2. Improves skin barrier.
3. Great for nail health – helps with nail fungus.
4. Helps with dry, crusty feet – You will not need a pedicure!
5. Psoriasis – It will help soften the scales away.
6. Exfoliates skin and helps with skin discoloring and evens out skin tone.

Nobody talks about this ingredient, maybe because the name sounds like urine, and it does not sound too appealing to advertisers. However, this skincare ingredient is a gem and a must have for everybody to have in their skincare cabinet.

Dr. Dray Recommended Products with Urea

SKINCARE INGREDIENT NUMER 5 – SPF

This one is a no brainer, people in general know that sunscreen is a must and the most important skincare ingredient. The reason why this skincare ingredient has been included here is because people sometimes forget to put SPF in certain parts of the body, or simply do not bother putting it on certain areas.

A study was conducted to find out which areas are the most neglected areas that people forget to put sunscreen, and here is the list of the findings.

Click here for the Best Sunscreen recommendations by Dr. Dray

The most neglected body parts as far as SPF is concerned are:

1. Eyelids – The skin around the eyes is very delicate and the sun can do a lot of damage to your eyelids, cancer around this area is also getting more and more common, skin discoloration, hyperpigmentation around the eyes is an issue as well, that can be reduced by applying SPF around your eyelids, also wearing sunglasses is important.

2. Lips – Another common area where people forget to use SPF are the lips. Lips are skin, lips are delicate, lips are exposed to the sun as much as the rest of the face. Our lips need some SPF love as well, especially because lips do not have the pigment that the rest of our skin has to fight some of that UV radiation. Regular sunscreen can be used to the lips, but they can be drying. Since sunscreen is easily rubbed off from the lips, it can be useful to have a lip balm with SPF.

  • Vanicream Lip SPF 30 – Can be used to protect your lips, as well as to the skin around the eyes. This will not burn your eyes and is safe to be used around the eyes.

 

3. Ears – the front and the back of the ears need to be protected from the sun as well.

4. Hands – Sun damage is not just for the face; the sun does not discriminate and can do as much damage to the rest of your body as well. Dr. Dray protects her arms by wearing driving gloves, and that would be the best way to protect your hands from the sun. The same sunscreen can be used on your face and hands.

5. Feet – Sun damage to your feet is not uncommon. We have all been there, tan lines across the feet are not new. I am not sure how, but even during lockdown and after being quarantined at home for months, I still managed to get sun damage on my feet. It is time to start using SPF on every exposed body part, for sure! Especially during the summers when we love wearing sandals and flip flops.

6. Scalp – This is not going to be an everyday occurrence, but it is good to know the importance of scalp protection from the sun as well. Consider putting the sunscreen on your scalp, especially if you have dealt with sunburn on the scalp. Skin cancers on the scalp are quite common, if you have a lot of hair protecting your scalp, you can probably skip this one; but if you are someone with thinning hair, or if you are rocking a bald head look, a sunscreen to the scalp is something you should consider.

Regular sunscreen will do, but if you do have some hair on your head, a regular sunscreen will make it greasy, frizzy, unmanageable, brittle, and difficult to wear.

The best protection for the scalp is a hat, but if you are by the pool or in the water, Dr. Dray highly recommends:

WRAPPING UP

So, there it is, five key skincare ingredients that Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommends you include in your skincare cabinet. You need to be consistent with your skincare products for them to start showing results. Skincare ingredients are not magic, do not expect to use a product once and find all your skin solutions the next morning. Stick to them, it usually takes a couple of weeks to see any results, but you can do it!

Cheers to a calmer mind and skin!

The best aveeno products - Dermatologist Dr. Dray

Top 11 Aveeno Products – Recommended by Dermatologist Dr. Dray

DR DRAY RECOMMENDATIONS – TOP 11 AVEENO SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

 

You know a brand is wonderful, when a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Dray uses and recommends it. Aveeno uses colloidal oatmeal and oats in all its skincare products. Oats are proven to be useful in the treatment of a lot of different skin conditions.

The Benefits of Oats in Skincare

  1. Oats are rich in Lipids: Help in nourishing skin barrier.
  2. Oats contain antioxidants: Useful in reducing inflammation and irritation.
  3. Oats have a natural cleansing property to them: Useful for people with sensitive skin, as oats cleanse the skin without stripping the skin barrier.
  4. Oats are rich in compounds that soothe inflammation, irritation.
  5. Oats reduce symptoms of itch.
  6. Oats are also great to incorporate into your diet.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

Looking for the most essential skincare products? Find out what the 5 holy grail products are for Dermatologist Dr. Dray. Click here for the list!

The Best Aveeno Products as Recommended by Dermatologist Dr. Dray

1. Aveeno Soothing Colloidal Bath Treatment

This is to be put in the bath, this product is phenomenal for people with eczema or those battling poison ivy. It does not sting; it is soothing and gently cleanses the skin. Alternatively, this bath treatment can also be used as a face mask, just soak one of the packets into some water and use it as a face mask. It can be used before shaving as well. It lathers the skin and helps soften the skin.

Dermatologist Dr. Dray recommendations

 

2. Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel

Since we are talking about shaving, let’s talk about this fantastic shave gel by Aveeno. This is fragrance free, which is hard to find in the wonderful world of shaving. The ingredients in this will help you avoid knicks and bumps while shaving.

3. Aveeno Moisturizing Bar Soap

This affordable bar soap can be used on the face, the body and it is a mega gentle cleanser that can be used by people with sensitive skin as well.

4. Aveeno Skin Relief Body Wash

If you prefer body washes to bar soaps, this is a good option for you to try. This cleanses, soothes and reliefs itchy skin. This body wash is gentle enough to use as a face wash.

Dr. Dray Recommendations

5. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Nourishing Night Cream

Moisturizing is a crucial step in anybody’s skin care routine. This moisturizer by Aveeno is a good one to check out if you have very dry skin, or mature skin.

6. Aveeno Calm+Restore Oat Gel Moisturizer

Heavy moisturizers scare you off? Then dermatologist Dr. Dray has a great recommendation for you. Dr. Dray raves about this moisturizer by Aveeno. This will work for you if you have oily skin and prefer a gentle, light weight moisturizer. It is soothing, absorbs quickly and does a great job moisturizing your skin. This has oat oil in it, which adds more lipids into the skin. This product is the one to try out if you have sensitive skin and fear trying new products.

This one is also rosacea friendly!

7. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Facial Moisturizer: SPF 30

No Dr. Dray favorites video is going to be without a sunscreen recommendation. After all that is the most important part of your daily skin care routine, or at least it should be. Are you still not using a sunscreen? What are you waiting for? Have oily, greasy skin and think that you do not need sun protection? Think again! This was me two years ago, and trust me, it is better to start sunscreen today than tomorrow. Do not trust me? That is fine too…Just trust a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Dray.

I know I went on a little tangent there, okay back to the product. This is a mineral sunscreen, it has a cast, so if you have a deeper skin tone, that is something to keep in mind. It is non greasy, does not make your skin shiny, it is good for acne, eczema, rosacea, and other dry skin conditions. Oh and it is a moisturizer as well! Always a plus!

You can never have enough sunscreens, it is always required in your skincare routine, looking for the best sunscreen recommendations? I have a post about that – Top 16 sunscreens as recommended by dermatologist Dr. Dray. 

8. Aveeno Repairing Cica Hand Masks and Aveeno Repairing Cica Foot Masks

These are great to soak your hands or feet into it. Great for a spa night. Great to relax while watching Netflix. Great to gift others or use yourself when you need a relaxed night at home.

9. Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief

This one is a dupe to the Cica Hand and Foot Masks. A more environment friendly option. Just apply this to your hands and feet, and put on some cotton socks, or gloves for super soft, hydrated, and happy skin.

10. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream

This has colloidal oatmeal and ceramides. This is a great cream for maintaining skin barrier, it is good for everyday moisturizing. Can be used on the face as well as the body. There is no niacinamide, so if you are someone who finds that niacinamide stings your skin, this is a good product to try out. Gentle, hydrating, soothing and effective. Dermatologist Dr. Dray often recommends this to people with eczema.

11. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm

If you find that your skin barrier is greatly impaired. If you have red, peeling, itchy, oozing skin, a balm is a great option to try out. These conditions happen when there is an eczema flare, or suffering from wind burn, or too many cosmetic peels. Irritated skin requires a balm or an ointment. A greasy balm option like this one is a fantastic choice for extremely dry skin conditions.

This can be used on the face, neck, hands, feet, basically anywhere on your body.

 

Wrapping Up – Great for Diabetics as well!

Another thing worth mentioning is that while helping people with eczema, rosacea, these products are also suitable to people with diabetes. People with diabetes are prone to slow wound healing, and poor circulation, especially in the lower parts of the body. Feet, particularly are prone to dryness in diabetics. So it great to consider using a thick moisturizer on the feet, like the Aveeno Eczema Balm, and put on socks to protect your feet, and do a happy dance!

These posts are for skin care enthusiasts who prefer to read, but if you would rather watch the video format, here is dermatologist Dr. Dray’s original video about The Best Aveeno Products. 

Dr. Dray Recommendations

Top 11 Neutrogena Skin Care Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray

Top 11 Neutrogena Skin Care Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray

 

Hello beautiful people! Our favorite dermatologist Dr. Dray strikes again! Neutrogena is one of the biggest skin care brands in the United States, and across the world. Neutrogena has been around for several decades and most of us have at some point or another used at least one of the products offered by the brand. So, it is great that Dr. Dray dermatologist came up with some of the best skin care products by Neutrogena, this would help you next time you are looking for some amazing skin care products to add to your daily routine.

Note: The inserted images from amazon are for your benefit and mine. They give you a better idea of the products I talk about; and if you use my link to make any purchase, I make a small commission from Amazon as part of their Amazon Affiliates Program.

 

Neutrogena’s Top 10 Skin Care Products

Lets just get right into it:

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1. Neutrogena Clear Face Break-Out Free Sunscreen SPF 30:

This chemical sunscreen is ideal for us oily skin, acne prone people. It is fragrance free. This product also has an SPF 50 version, but Dr. Dray mentions the SPF 50 burns her skin, but probably if your skin is more tolerant you could give that one a try. This non-greasy, absorbent formula is great for people who are weary of using sunscreen because it makes them feel like a frying pan.

Dr. Dray recommended sunscreen

 

If you use only one skin care product, let it be a sunscreen!

 

2. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Face Liquid Sunscreen SPF 50:

The first one is a chemical-based sunscreen, while this one is a mineral sunscreen. It has SPF 50 and great for people with more sensitive skin. The ingredients in this sunscreen do not burn or sting your face. It is water resistant, it is not super drying, it is safe to use around your eyes. Yes, your eye lids need that beautiful SPF protection as well! It is light weight.

Unlike chemical sunscreens, this one leaves a white cast on the face. People with deeper skin tones might not enjoy that. However, it is great to use under makeup. It has a matt finish, and the white cast will be covered with makeup.

 

3. Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin:

This product can be used for anybody with oily, acne prone skin. It is fragrance free, non-greasy. Dr. Dray recommends this to patients who use topical acne medications that can be drying. It prevents dryness and irritation. Give it a try.

 

4. Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (Fragrance Free):

Do not forget your hands, we are all dealing with dry hands, especially with the increase in use of hand sanitizers and washing of hands. You need to moisturize those hands! This hand cream absorbs quickly, it has a thick consistency, and it will provide a heathy hydration to those over washed hands.

5. Hydro Boost Extra Dry Sensitive Skin Hyaluronic Acid Gel Cream:

Like I said, if you are going to use one skin care product, let it be a sunscreen, and if you are going to add a second product to your skin care routine, it needs to be a moisturizer.

This product is instant hydration for your skin. Dr. Dray suggests using this product under your eyes, as an eye cream. It can be used under other moisturizers as a spot treatment for areas that require more focused hydration. It can temporarily help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. You need a tiny amount of this, so this jar will last you a long time. Use it on your neck as well.

 

Looking to include Retinol to your skincare routine? Here is a list of top 5 retinol products, recommended by Dr. Dray. 

Dr. Dray’s Honorary Mentions 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream:

Dr. Dray recommends using body moisturizers, sunscreens on the face as well. It is usually more value for money. This is one such product.

 

Hydro Boost Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum:

The ingredients in this product are great and worth a try.

 

6. Oil Free Acne Wash:

This product has salicylic acid, which is an excellent ingredient for those with acne prone, oily skin. I have used and loved this product. However, after watching Dr. Dray’s video I realized the correct way of using this is to leave it on the face for a few minutes before rinsing off.

This cleanser will work well even if you do not have acne, it helps exfoliate the skin, and helps with enlarged pores as well. Of course, like any other skin care product to be effective, you need to be consistent with it. Yes, yes CONSISTENCY, adding a dash of that to my cart. 2021, lets do it!

Note that this product has fragrance in it, but as Dr. Dray dermatologist points out. Fragrance is more problematic when using leave on products, like moisturizers and sunscreens. If you are going to wash the product off, a little fragrance will not do you harm, so it is okay to have fragrance in cleansers.

 

A word of Advice –

Salicylic Acid Cleansers should not be used around your mouth, eyes, or neck. The skin in those areas is more sensitive and it can cause irritation.

 

7. Rapid Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream (The Fragrance-Free Version):

Are you looking for a good over the counter retinol for anti-aging purposes? Neutrogena makes one of the best products in this category, that will help reduce the look of wrinkles and fine lines. They have one with fragrance, but as mentioned, this is a leave on product, so go for the fragrance-free version.

This product has an instant brightening, hydrating and smoothing effect. It is a retinol so over time you will notice peeling and some irritation as a side effect, long term use of this product will subside the peeling and irritation.

Do not use around the eyes!

8. Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula:

This fragrance-free oil is great to use as an oil cleanser to remove water resistant sunscreen and that pesky mascara, that refuses to go without a few eye lashes. This oil will help with that problem. This product is also great for people with dry skin, just put a few drops of this oil to the bath water and it will help anybody with eczema or dry skin.

 

Hair Care Products – Top 2 by Neutrogena

 

9. Neutrogena Anti Residue Shampoo:

This is a clarifying shampoo, to be used once a week. This shampoo is perfect for people who use a lot of hair care products, like gels, mouses, creams, dry shampoo. I would say it is a fantastic shampoo for us curly haired girls, our curls just need that gel! Hence, also a good clarifying shampoo that will help take care of that product build up.

 

10. Neutrogena T/Salm Therapeutic Shampoo:

This shampoo is great for scalp care. This shampoo has 3% salicylic acid and is great for anybody who has an oily scalp, scalp dandruff, bumps in the scalp or build up on the scalp. Do not use it on the hair strands, lather it to the scalp, massage it in, let it sit for a few minutes and wash it off. You do not need to apply this product down to the rest of the hair.

Both the hair products are safe for color treated hair.

11. Neutrogena Stubborn Marks PM Retinol Treatment:

This is a new retinol product in the market. Dr. Dray recently recommended this in one of her instagram posts as one of the best drugstore retinol products. The sustained action retinol in this Neutrogena product is a slow release encapculated retinol, that is clinically tested on actual patients. This one gets a thumbs up by our favrite dermatologist and one worth trying if you’re looking for an affordable retinol product.

Wrapping Up

Dr. Dray videos are great for anybody who wishes to improve the skin, and well, who does not want beautiful skin?! Here is her original video. The point of these blog posts is simply to spread her word, and to help anybody who prefers to read, it is useful to have all the info on one page. Feel free to take a screenshot of the table that I have on this page. You can refer to it next time you are looking for some amazing skin care products that actually work.

Looking for ways to have a more relaxed year? I have a post about this, these are 7 areas to focus on for peace of mind. 

Wishing everybody a very happy, healthy and a stress free 2021!

Retinols Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Top 6 Retinol Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Top 6 Retinol Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Retinol is a term for topical Vitamin A. Vitamin A consists of retinoic acid or Tretinoin, which is known for its anti-aging benefits. It boosts up collagen production in the skin which improves the condition of the skin by repairing it and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It removes sun damaged skin cells, not only that but it has also been discovered that Tretinoin can remove pre skin cancer cells.

Keep reading for some of Dr. Dray’s favorite cleansers to be used with retinol. 

 

Retinol vs Tretinoin

Both Retinol and Tretinoin are Vitamin A derivatives, both Retinol and Tretinoin are known to treat the same skin conditions. Both Retinol and Tretinoin:

  1. Stimulate Collagen in the Skin, making it more elastic
  2. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  3. Exfoliate the skin
  4. Have anti-aging properties
  5. Help with hyperpigmentation

So, how are they different?

Tretinoin is a synthetic version of Vitamin A, only available via prescription because it is very strong and not well tolerated by sensitive skin.

Retinol is a natural form of Vitamin A, it is milder, hence less irritating, and more tolerated by sensitive skin. Retinol does not require a doctor’s prescription, and easily available over the counter. Therefore, Retinol is more popular when it comes to skin care.

The best cleansing oils and balms recommended by dermatologist Dr. Dray – Click here to find out!

Please remember that moisturizing your skin regularly is a must when using retinoic acid or Tretinoin. Dr. Dray has some of her favorite moisturizers that she recommends, and I have them listed for you right here. Click for some of the best moisturizers for you! 

Top 5 Retinol Products – Recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist

Dr. Dray Dermatologist is whom I trust when it comes to skin care. If you watch her videos, you will see what I am talking about. She does not recommend every skin care product under the sun. The two most basic products Dr. Dray recommends in her videos are moisturizer, and sunscreen. I only started using both these things last year after watching Dr. Dray and I saw a difference on my face in less than a week.

I have oily skin which is why I was under the misconception that I did not need to moisturize. Well, low and behold – I was wrong. It does not matter what your skin type is, oily, dry, acne prone, “combination”; you need a moisturizer, and you need it every day. That is something I still do not follow to a T but yes, daily moisturizer and sunscreen is imperative when it comes to skin care.

Other than that, if you want smoother looking skin, you want to fight signs of aging, reduce fine lines, or deal with acne, Retinol or other Vitamin A derivatives are great to add to your skin care routine. Here are The Best Retinols for Hyperpigmentation and anti-aging as recommended by Dr. Dray Dermatologist. You can click on the link, if you prefer the video format. 

I have another blog post that I wrote about The Best Cetaphil Products Recommended by Dr. Dray, Click here for that. 

Dr. Dray reminds us that it is important to remember to introduce these products into your skin very slowly to minimize irritation and this also allows your skin to adjust to these products without acting out, start with once or twice a week, for the first few weeks.  

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Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 1 – Differin Gel ($12.86)

Adapalene – A third generation retinoic acid, that is recommended for people with sensitive skin, used to be exclusively available via prescription but now it is available over the counter to be bought by consumers. Mainly used by people with acne, recent studies have shown that Differin gel also has some anti-aging benefits and reduces the appearance of sunspots. This gel is already in its active state, so the skin does not have to do anything to prepare for it.

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 2 – La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment ($29.99)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment is the same as Differin. They are both the same drug, manufactured by different brands. Adapalene is an evidence-based ingredient that can brighten sunspots and pigmentation caused by the sun. It can also help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

This ingredient can be used at nighttime, Dr. Dray recommends. It can be incorporated into your night routine. Dr. Dray recommends washing your face at the end of the day, make sure to get off all the makeup, oil, dirt, put on a moisturizer and let it fully absorb into your skin, and then apply Adapeline, that is Differin or La Roche-Posay’s Adapalene Gel. This method of application minimizes the irritation that some people experience after using Adapalene.

Alternatively, it can also be used during the day, since unlike Retinoic acid, Adapalene remains stable in the presence of light. It can be used on your arms as well.

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 3 – Avene Retrinal 0.1 Intensive Cream ($69.00)

                               

Retinaldehyde improves the look of the skin by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, improves the appearance of pores, boosts collagen production, removes hyperpigmentation. It is less irritating than Adapalene because the skin takes longer to process the Vitamin A. It is also why it takes longer to show results, but it will show results over time. This product can be used around the eyes, around your mouth or the neck. Clinical studies have shown that this ingredient can improve the appearance of crow’s feet around the eyes.

Dr. Dray Dermatologist recommends using this product in your nighttime skin care routine, it can work well as your nighttime moisturizer to your face and neck. Just make sure your face and neck are clean before you use this. It can also be used as a spot moisturizer. It is expensive so you can use your regular moisturizer all over your face, and then use this as a spot moisturizer for areas that need more help.

 

Let’s Talk about Retinol for Skin Care

The skin needs to perform two steps for retinols to work, which is why retinols take longer than adapalene and retinaldehyde to work. However, there is evidence that long term use of retinol can help improve your skin by producing more collagen into the skin, reducing fine lines, it has anti-aging properties as well.

Unlike, the before mentioned ingredients, adapalene and retinaldehyde, retinol is mainly a cosmetic and not an FDA approved ingredient for anything. Dr. Dray claims that not all retinols are created equally, which is why she is cautious and choosy when it comes to picking and recommending a product with retinol in it for skin care.

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 4 – CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum ($19.72)

 

This product not only helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines, but it is also effective when it comes to getting rid of post acne redness and discoloration. It has niacinamide and licorice extracts, the combination of these two ingredients along with retinol, can work wonders when it comes to dealing with hyper pigmentation. A lot of people believe that topical Vitamin A should not used by people with rosacea, however, it has been seen that this product has helped people with rosacea. Start with one night a week and try building it gradually.

Apply a moisturizer first, and once that has completely dried up, use this retinol serum just before going to bed. It is best suited to people in their twenties and thirties that are looking for anti-aging products.

Looking for an eye cream that actually works? Here are the best recommendations by Wayne Goss

 

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 5 – Neutrogena Wrinkle Repair Regenerating Cream (the fragrance-free version) ($22.13)

This Retinol product is Dr. Dray’s favorite, this product is super moisturizing, can be used as a nighttime moisturizer around the eyes (just do not get it inside your eyes, like all other Vitamin A products) face, neck, around the mouth and arms. This product stings a little when you apply it, it says so on the lable. The slight tingling sensation goes away soon enough.

Dr. Dray dermatologist recommends using this product at night. Cleanse your skin properly and apply this retinol product when the skin is a little damp. The slow release sustained action of this retinol will not cause an irritation on your skin if used this way, unlike the other Retin A ingredients, like Adapalene, which should not be used on damp skin.

This super moisturizing retinol product has been tested vastly in laboratories, and studies conducted over a year suggest that this product showed continued improvement in the condition of skin, by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation; it is an anti-aging powerhouse, and the fact this it is also a moisturizer, this product is particularly well suited for people with sensitive skin.

 

Dr. Dray’s Recommendation 6 – Neutrogena Stubborn Marks PM Treatment ($17.97)

This is a new retinol product in the market. Dr. Dray recently recommended this in one of her instagram posts as one of the best drugstore retinol products. The sustained action retinol in this Neutrogena product is a slow release encapculated retinol, that is clinically tested on actual patients. This one gets a thumbs up by our favrite dermatologist and one worth trying if you’re looking for an affordable retinol product.

 

Cleansers to be Used with Retinols – Also Dermatologist Dr. Dray Recommended

Usage of retinol can really benefit the skin, however it can dry out your skin. A key to success with using retinol or Vitamin A derivatives is to avoid really hot water, avoid scrubbing your face or using a harsh cleanser. It is important to use a gentle facial cleanser, especially when using a retinol.

Dr. Dray recommends these gentle, non soap, fragrance free cleansers to be used with your Retinol:

1. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

This cleanser is very gentle, mild and perfect to be used along with a retinol, prescription or store bought. This is a safe bet. Dr. Dray is a fan of a lot of these CeraVe products. I have a list of her top recommendations from the brand right here. Click here for some of the top dermatologist recommendations from CeraVe. 

2. First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

This cleanser is another favorite of Dr. Dray’s. It has licorice root in it which is anti-inflammatory, and helps calm down redness. It also has glycerin which is hydrating, hydration is key when it comes to cleansers, especially while using retinols. Here is a travel size one that you can try out first.

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gentle Cleansing Lotion

This one is also no surprise for anybody who watches Dr. Dray videos. Another gentle cleanser with a very small ingredient list. When it comes to skin care, trust me, the smaller the list, the better the outcome. Yes, I have a post up with the top Neutrogena recommendations by Dr. Dray as well. Here it is!

Wrapping Up

Adapalene is the most well suited when addressing acne and hyperpigmentation, however it is also the ingredient most likely to cause irritation and dryness and not tolerated well by everybody. Retinaldehyde requires your skin to oxidize first, to work, which is why it takes longer to see results after using this product. It is best suited for people with crow’s feet around their eyes, wrinkles around the mouth and to rejuvenate the neck. Retinols require the skin to do two things before they can start working, the results definitely take longer, but with consistent usage, retinols, as data based evidence shows, can visibly help improve your skin.