Acne is pervasive and difficult to manage, but DrFormulas® Retinol Cream for acne features a unique blend of active ingredients to promote clear, blemish-free skin. Formulated for all skin types, our retinol cream may help you control whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts to promote smooth skin.
The main active ingredient in our acne treatment, retinol belongs to a class of compounds known as retinoids, which are chemical derivatives of vitamin A. Studies show that topical retinol (and retinoids in general) work primarily by increasing skin cell turnover, which allows for the shed of dead skin cells and the increased growth of new skin cells. This helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce clogged pores, and support smooth, even skin. The increased cell turnover may also mean you can use retinol cream for acne scars and blemishes.1
Retinol is becoming a mainstay for acne therapy. Evidence suggests several mechanisms of action that help to reduce acne blemishes. Along with its ability to speed up cell turnover, retinol has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties while resolving precursor microcomedone lesions.2
Initially extracted from white willow bark, salicylic acid acts as an effective peeling agent due to its ability to disrupt cellular junctions and unclog pores. Studies also show that salicylic acid may possess natural anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. This suggests that salicylic acid may reduce the bacteria responsible for acne lesions, P. acnes.3
Hyaluronic acid helps to attract and seal in moisture to prevent potential dryness and irritation on your face. Keeping your face moisturized and hydrated also presents a healthier look and feel. Maintaining your skin’s moisture makes it look softer and plumper and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Along with its effects on skin hydration, hyaluronic acid possesses anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, which may help you manage existing acne scars.4
Niacinamide is one of the two major forms of niacin (vitamin B3). Studies show that niacinamide plays a major role in the coenzymes involved in hydrogen transfer. Topical application of niacinamide stabilizes skin barrier function, which translates to improved moisture content and reduced water loss. The vitamin may also speed up skin cell turnover, smooth out wrinkles, and improve surface skin structure. Niacinamide may also help pigmentation issues, including dark spots or red skin.5
Benefits of Retinol Cream for Acne
1. Acne Treatment
The active ingredients in DrFormulas Retinol Cream work together to combat several contributors to acne, including bacteria and clogged pores. The formulation can help to reduce whiteheads, blackheads, and cysts, and to potentially prevent future breakouts.
2. Sebum Control
DrFormulas Retinol Cream is designed to control your oil production in your sebaceous glands. This helps to prevent clogged pores and irritation that result in the formation of acne lesions, while also keeping your skin balanced to prevent an overly oily or dry complexion.
Inflammation causes pain, redness, and swelling, all of which makes acne uncomfortable and contributes to the formation of cysts and lesions. The ingredients in our retinol cream for acne may help to soothe inflammation, allowing your skin to glow and thrive.
4. Improve Scars and Blemishes
The formula features ingredients that promote skin cell turnover and encourage new skin cells to form. This can help to heal or decrease the appearance of existing acne scars to provide smooth, soft, blemish-free skin.