Retinol is a form of vitamin A with many uses in skin care. It’s used to treat acne and has anti-aging effects. You can buy retinol over the counter (without a prescription) or visit your healthcare provider to discuss how retinol might best fit into your skincare routine. Your provider may prescribe medications that contain higher concentrations of retinoids than you can get over the counter.
Retinol is a topical treatment meaning you apply it on top of your skin. Retinol comes in many forms, including:
Retinol is also sometimes used as an ingredient in cosmetic products.