Before that, though, the only time my skin had ever been remotely as good as it is now was when my derm prescribed me a topical retinol in hopes of wiping out my acne without resorting to the medication. (Spoiler: It didn’t. ) Retinols are the gold standard for treating both wrinkles and acne, since they help accelerate skin regeneration and stimulate collagen.
I consulted Zeichner, and he said it’s normal for some people to get new breakouts after starting a retinol routine because the ingredient causes your skin to purge itself of any blockage in your pores.
It's also a vegan, plant-based formula; Joshua Zeichner, M. D. , director of cosmetic and clinical research department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital, says these becoming increasingly popular because they’re less likely to irritate your skin.
Given that, it’s no surprise that Reddit threads and beauty bloggers freaked out about the brand’s foray into retinol, which took home a Glamour Beauty Award this year.
Even still, it took the ingredients label to convince me the Drunk Elephant retinol would be gentle enough on my skin.
Hello glowier, radiant skin.✨ https://t.co/FvngCx98ES— Glamour (@glamourmag) April 4, 2020