Retinol? Reti-not.

Why I don’t advocate for retinoids, despite their results.

If you’re new to Positively Zen, welcome! I am all about results without the concern of long-term health consequences. That’s in any way, from movement and exercise to the products we use in, on, and around our bodies every day.

For those of you who’ve known me for a while, have you ever wondered why I never taut Retinol and its benefits?

Retinol is well-documented to have great results for acne, skin renewal, and increasing collagen production, so it’s really no wonder why it’s popping up everywhere from sunscreens and SPF-rated moisturizers.

However, it has two downsides, one far more worrisome than the other.

First, it can cause itchiness, redness, flaking, peeling, and photosensitivity for some people. But then many ingredients can cause a reaction, even solid choices like aloe vera.

The more worrisome, and my deal-breaker, is not nearly discussed often enough, even in the “natural” beauty sphere. (Natural is in quotes because it doesn’t actually mean much, per the lack of FDA labeling regulations, but that’s a topic for another post.)

Retinol increases skin cell turnover, which scientists found to speed the development of skin lesions on UV-treated animals.

So while short-term use may very well be safe and unconcerning, I caution against long-term use.

Your Clean Swap is Bakuchiol: All the benefits, none of the concern.

Jen, is there a significantly safer alternative available???

YES! I’m SO glad you asked!

It’s called Bakuchiol, and it’s coming soon to a clean beauty brand near and dear to my heart! Stay tuned for your clean anti-aging & acne-treating swap.