Sorry to hear about your bad experience. It’s good words of advice as I think some media have gone a bit OTT on recommending retinol products. They should really all be available on prescription only from dermatologists who check if it’s right for your skin.Bama wrote:I would like to advice everyone about being extremely careful with any retinol treatment from The Ordinary.
I tried the Retinol 1% and for the first time in my life I had a dramatically bad reaction: it triggered a couple of large acne nodules - never had spots in my life before - which scared permanently my skin, it triggered a strong peeling on the entire face, it caused inflammation/redness to the skin and most of all light sensitivity (every time there was sunshine I used to get a swollen and red face). The light sensitivity lasted a couple of months. I couldn't go to work for an entire week because I was so swollen that it would have been embarrassing.
After about one year, I got finally my normal face back - apart from the scars which I am worried will remain forever.
I wrote them, and they simply replied that on the package it is stated that you might need to build skin resistance .... oh thank you for that!
I had actually followed the instructions and used just one small drop on alternate days, just in the evening, and I always use SPF cream (50) daytime.
So, please be careful, because some of their products are extremely strong and might have very negative effects!
Sorry for this post, but I truly wanted to share my (bad) experience.