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The Best Retinol Creams : OTC And Dermatologist Recommended Creams

Vitamin A or Retinol is an extremely effective skin-transforming ingredient that seems to know just what your skin needs to help diminish visible signs of aging. Combined with Vitamin c and sunscreen, it does wonders to your skin.

What does Retinol do ?

Over 40 years of established research shows it can help visibly increase the appearance of firmness, minimize fine lines and wrinkles and even open pores . They improve uneven skin tone, smooth and refine the surface of skin.This plumping action of tretinoin is not the temporary kind of plumping achieved from moisturisers.

How Does Retinol Work?

The plumping is because of increased collagen production under the skin, so the results last. It is also because of this reason that Tretinoin is a gold standard in removing wrinkles. For acne prone skin, Tretinoin / Retino A is a spot treatment, scar removal cream plus an anti-aging night-cream. It doesn’t get better than this.

My Experience:

I have used most of the below creams in my experimental days 🙂 but the only over the counter products that worked for my sensitive skin were those of Vichy and neutrogena. Even though I swear by these two products, I switched to dermatologist recommended creams as they are economical and more potent. 🙂

My skin was really dull and uneven that’s when I decided to start using these. Now my skin has improved a lot. I’m not a product junkie by the way.

  • Dermatologist recommended products definitely work but you have to use intense moisturizer and sunscreen or else you will end up damaging your skin but it’s worth the pain.

I’m using retino-a for the past 4 years along with my night cream. Make sure not to use harsh scrubs or bleaches as your skin is more sensitive when you start retinol. Use skin soothing creams during the first couple of months. If you have sensitive skin like me then follow up with a hypoallergic fragrance free moisturizer like Cetaphil, Elovera, Avene and A-derma skin repair cream. These are my go to products.

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*What You Need to Know Before Buying and Using Retinol: 

All forms of vitamin A break down and deteriorate when exposed to air and light. Only buy a retinol product if it’s packaged in an opaque container that eliminates or minimizes exposure to air and light.

*If you are new to using retinol, start slowly:

Apply your retinol product once every other three days for a month and  then on alternative days for another month. You can apply it around your eyes too and follow with an eye cream, if preferred. I use a hypo allergic moisturizers along with it.

*Make sure the rest of your skincare routine is soothing and  gentle:

Use a gentle cleanser, soothing toner, hypoallergic moisturizers, and serums loaded with antioxidants and skin-restoring ingredients to help your skin get maximum benefits from the retinol.

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*Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Even the proven anti-aging ingredients won’t be able to deliver the results you want if you neglect sunscreen. Retinal definitely makes your skin more sensitive so Unprotected sun exposure and getting a tan (indoors or outside) is just bad for skin. Daily use of sunscreen as directed, along with other sun protection measures, decreases the early skin aging caused by the sun.

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*Don’t depend on retinol products alone

As great as retinol is for all skin types, everyone’s skin needs more than just one ingredient to look and feel better. It needs a mix of beneficial ingredients to look younger.

L’oreal Paris Revitalift range night cream :

My Review:

Low retinol content, I did not find any changes on my skin. It is comodogenic 🙁 so might cause acne flare ups and has a strong fragrance which gave me headaches. It might be due to my sensitive skin because i have seen people rave about this product.

My mom used this one and she still prefers the 40+ cream to this one. 🙂

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*Description for L’Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Revitalift Night Cream, 50 ml:
An effective firming & antiaging night cream With an ultrarich texture that dissolves rapidly into skin Enriched with Elastin that restores flexibility to skin Formulated with patented encapsulated ProRetinol Aš & ProFirmyl TM Provides powerful antiaging & firming benefits Visibly minimizes the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines Skin appears suppler, sleeker, more lifted, comfortable & younger looking

The Dermo Expertise Revitalift night cream from L’Oreal has been specially formulated to firm skin and reduce wrinkles. It was designed for women and can be used on any skin type.


The Revitalift night cream contains nanosomes of pro-retinol and dermo-elastyl. These active ingredients reduce the presence of wrinkles in skin and genuinely strengthen the support tissues of the skin. The cream balances the skin and leaves it feeling clean and noticeably smoother.

  • The fresh, revitalised feeling becomes apparent after only a few days of use. It moisturises skin and is absorbed quickly into it, without leaving it greasy. This night cream has been reported to actually improve the texture of the skin and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can even be used on sensitive skin, because it’s non-greasy, unique formula doesn’t cause breakouts and allergies.
    The cream contains nanosomes of dermo-elastyl and pro-retinol. It hydrates and moisturises skin. It visibly reduces wrinkles and firms up the skin.

Pond’s age miracle range night cream:

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My Review:

I dont have anything positive or negative about this cream if I take it as a normal night cream. The night cream does moisturise and is matte but It doesn’t work on fine lines or wrinkles as the retinol content is too low. Pond’s age miracle range night cream has comodogenic ingredients 🙁 in it along with fragrance. This cream caused sweating for me and leaves a white cast. It is heavy and hence makes me uncomfortable. I used the whole range but i will not be buying it again.

I think people in their twenties and those of you who do not have fine lines yet can also try this. I think it suits fair skin tones. The day cream too leaves a white cast or should i say pink cast. Ahh, this purchase was a disaster for me. The serum is good, it is silky and gets absorbed instantly. but other than that, i did not get any results.

My mom also used this one and she did not like it that much.


The Ponds Age Miracle Overnight Repair Cream is a moisture-rich cream that works hard to repair damaged skin and promote cell renewal. Enriched with Intelligent Pro-Cell Complex, CLA and collagen, this formula leaves you with smooth and soft skin tha will feel up to 10 years younger. It helps fight  fine lines, dullness and age spots; 3x cell renewal power helps repair and rejuvenate skin.

Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA SPF 18:

My Review:

This one definitely works for me. There was a glow on my face. My skin looked clean, even toned and calm. There was no inflammation, sweating or anything uncomfortable about this. The three in one face wash from this brand is awesome too. Loved it. But its costly compared to other counterparts.


Developed based on findings from a 20-year study of wrinkles, Liftactiv Retinol HA SPF 18 is formulated with new generation Retinol* for faster results on all 3 types of wrinkles: permanent, reversible and programmed. Inspired by a dermatological wrinkle treatment technique, this fresh fluid moisturiser with SPF 18 delivers an immediate filling action and an accelerated resurfacing effect to fight Wrinkles.

  • As we age our facial features become less defined and the face can look more sad and tired. This ‘sad look’ can be attributed to the appearance of deep & vertical wrinkles. Vertical wrinkles can be particularly resistant and hard to correct.
  • Following 10 years of research, Vichy combines for the first time two ingredients: pure Retinol, in very high concentration and LR2412 to:
  • Visibly diminish the look of deep and vertical wrinkles as if corrected.
  • Give you a happier look.
  • Give you a complete moisturiser, suitable for sensitive skin

Skin Concern: aging, fine lines, skin health, dullness/uneven tone, dark spots
Recommended Skin Type: normal, dry, mature
Used For: moisturising, anti-ageing, sun protection, spot treatment

Active Ingredients:

Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%). Cosmetic Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Sucrose Stearate, Silica, Beeswax, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinol, Phenoxyethanol Adenosine, Hydrogenated Palm, Glycerides, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance.

Neutrogena rapid wrinkle repair moisturizer:

Where to Buy

My Review:

Another serum that worked on my skin. Neutrogena rapid repair serum even toned my skin and gave a glow to my skin weeks after i started it, just like I had done a facial. Both the day n night cream eventually brightens your skin, reduces pore size, minimises fine lines too. but you have to be consistent for it to work on fine lines. This remains as one of my favourites.


Fade the look of stubborn deep wrinkles, including crow’s feet, forehead, & cheek wrinkles
Brighten skin’s tone
Smooth fine lines & texture

Dr. Reddy’s Strea A-15 capsules:

Where to Buy

I haven’t used this one as I couldn’t find it anywhere at that time. Now its back in stock.
This is what Dr.Reddy Strea A-15 Says:- Strea A15 is a unique formulation of Vitamin A in Retinol form. The bio active Retinoid for modulating skin function at concentration of 0.15% in microspheres, free from colouring agents, perfume and preservatives ensuring that active ingredient,

Retinol is delivered to skin in precise, most stable & in purest form. Strea A15 is recommended to use as a daily skin care agent to refine the skin texture and improves cellular regeneration. The product is ideal to complement the ongoing skin care programme as a maintenance agent for best skin rejuvenation.


  • Rejuvenates skin by increasing the cell turnover rate.Normalizes the activity of sebaceous glands.Reduces Skin inflammation.
  • Protects the skin from photo damage and other abnormalities of keratinization. Strea A15 Use is Recommended for,
  • Soft, smooth and improved skin texture.
  • Refining the pores and reduce the pores .
  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkle appearance.Anti ageing effects.
  • Reduced incidences of skin inflammation.

For Best Results
Apply to a clean dry skin evenly all over the face at night. Avoid contact with eyes as a part of skin care program.
Application of moisturizer over the top would benefit for dry skin types.

Ranbaxy Yugard retinol cream:

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My Review:

This is a dermatologist recommended cream which contains pure retinol. I used cetaphil intense moisturizer along with this so I did not have any irritation or other issues. Don’t forget sunscreen ever even when at home. In three months you will notice a difference in your skin. Use 30+++ or above when using yugard cream.

1. Wrinkles and age spots
2. Dead skin or scaly skin
3. Pigmentation
4. Acne and acne scars
5. Dull lifeless skin
It really gives results, although one that acts slowly.


Yugard facial Cream contains Retinol. Retinol work by causing surface skin cells to shed rapidly, making way for new skin cells underneath. They prevent collagen breakdown in the skin and thicken the skin to prevent formation of wrinkles. For hyper pigmentation, retinoids exfoliates dark skin cells and reduce the formation of melanin.

Direction of Use:

Wash the face, let it dry completely.
Take a pea sized amount of Yugard and dot it all over the face avoiding the eye socket.
Gently massage it into the skin.
Avoid going too close to the hair line or eyebrows.
If skin becomes dry, pat a gentle moisturizer on top.
Definitely use a broad spectrum sunscreen throughout the day.

Bello Yugard antiageing cream: 

This cream is from sun pharmaceuticals. Yugard can help improve hyper pigmented brown spots left by pimples. That is because it induces exfoliation of skin cells, so new, healthier skin cells come up faster and the pigmented cells are gotten rid of.

Retino-A 0.025%,0.05%,0.1% :

My Review:

This cream has been with me for the past 4 years or so. I use Elovera Vitamin e intense moisturiser along with it. My skin is used to retinol now so I don’t have any problems. When you start ,you might see flaking of skin if you don’t use a really good moisturiser. But I still haven’t increased the concentration yet.  I started slow, once in three days for two months,then by 6 months i could using it daily. It depends on your skin tolerance. This doesn’t cost much, it was less than 200 when i bought it.

Update on 23.07.2018 : Increased concentration to 0.05% 🙂


Retino-A is available in 3 concentrations – 0.025% and 0.05% Tretinoin cream. The price of Retino-A 0.025% is Rs. 113 and Retino-A 0.05% is Rs. 108 for a 20 gm tube.
Retino AC gel is a variant that combines an antibiotic Clindamycin 1% and Tretinoin 0.025% for acne prone skin. It can also be used for spot treatment.

If you have any doubts, please feel free to write to me and i would be happy to help.


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