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If you’re looking to make visible improvements to your skin, retinol may be your answer. Retinol for men’s face works at a deep level to improve not only the surface layer of skin but multiple layers beneath.


A derivative of vitamin A, retinol has earned a cult-like following in skincare thanks to its powerful ability to tackle a diverse range of skin concerns. From ageing signs to breakouts blemishes and discolouration, it makes sense that you’re curious about this potent ingredient.


You might be aware that men and women’s skin are different in structure and oiliness, and age dissimilarly as well. It’s used frequently across skincare for women, but given these differences, is retinol good for men’s skin too? In this article we break down the ingredient and show how CeraVe skincare uses retinol for men to improve clarity and energise skin. See how to apply retinol and our best retinol products for men ahead. 

The benefits of retinol for men

Retinol’s power comes from its relationship to skin cell turnover. There are a number of vitamin A derivatives out there – such as tretinoin, retinoic acid and retinol – and each of them work to stimulate our natural skin cell cycle. Unlike some versions, retinol can be purchased over the counter, meaning you can implement retinol men’s skin care into your routine immediately.


Retinol promotes the creation of younger, fresher skin cells, and pushes them to the surface. By using retinol for men you can promote the following benefits:


  • Balanced oil flow

  • Visibly minimised pore size

  • Softer and more uniform skin texture

  • Reduced visible signs of ageing such as fine lines

  • Evened skin tone


Can men use retinol?

Men can use retinol for its visible, anti-ageing results. Potent skincare ingredients like retinol work beneath the surface layer to make visible changes, but this level of efficacy does come with potential side effects. To understand if retinol men’s skin care is right for you, it’s important to look at your individual skin type.

When first using retinol for men, it’s common to experience heightened sensitivity, dryness, and even an increase in blemishes. The latter effect is called ‘purging’ and refers to the surfacing of sebum trapped deep within skin, resulting in an initial ‘purge’ of pimples and blemishes.


While these effects are normal, they can range in severity across different skin types. If you want to know if using retinol for men’s face is right for your skin or have any concerns, speak to a healthcare professional first.


How to use retinol men’s skin care

To get the best retinol for men results, your skincare routine should be geared in support of the powerful ingredient. It’s important to match your other steps around your potent products – increased hydration, gentle purification and optimal sunscreen use are all essential in getting the most out of your retinol men’s skin care. Whether you’re using retinol for sensitive skin, oily skin, or another skin type, start slowly with application 1-2 times per week and build up as skin acclimatises.


Step 1: Cleanse skin thoroughly

All skin types require twice-daily cleansing in order to retain skin moisture barrier strength and prevent stressors like bacteria and pollution from weakening the skin moisture barrier. A hydrating cleanser sets up skin for the following retinol products for men. To support skin hydration, opt for a gentle cleanser like Ceramides Foaming Oil-Free Cleanser. The foaming formula is infused with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to remove excess oil and debris while retaining hydration and comfort.

Step 2: Apply retinol serum

Onto cleansed and dry skin, apply your retinol men’s skin care. Retinol makes skin more photosensitive, so always use your product as part of your evening routine and skip it in the morning, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning. Facial serums come in lightweight formulations which penetrate skin deeply, making them ideal products for retinol. Skin Renewing Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum combines vitamin A with hyaluronic acid and 3 essential ceramides to ensure skin remains comfortable throughout.

Step 3: Nourish skin with moisturiser

As dryness is a common side effect of retinol use, it’s important to increase your topical moisture application alongside any retinol men’s skin care. In the evening after applying retinol for men, we suggest opting for a thick-textured PM moisturiser. This will help to seal in moisture content and support skin as the retinol product absorbs, encouraging bright, soft and supple skin when you wake. Skin Renewing Night Cream for Face is enriched with peptides and ceramides to hydrate skin deeply. In the morning, Ceramides AM Facial Moisturising Lotion with SPF15 provides optimal hydration support alongside additional SPF protection.

Step 4: Follow with SPF in the morning

As mentioned above, retinol use increases skin’s photosensitive. Sun exposure is the leading cause of skin damage in Australia, so it’s especially important that you pair your retinol men’s skin care with daily sunscreen application. Opt for high SPF and broad-spectrum formulas that protect against UVA and UVB rays, and use as instructed.




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