Are You Using The Right Retinoid? Retinol, Retinaldehyde or HPR? | Dr Sam Bunting

Are You Using The Right Retinoid? Retinol, Retinaldehyde or HPR? | Dr Sam Bunting

One of the most common questions I get asked is about retinoids – which one is the right one for me?

Not all retinoids are created equal, and it’s important to understand the differences between them in order to choose the one that offers the most benefit for your skin.

In today’s video I dive deep into three over-the-counter retinoids; retinol, retinaldehyde and hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR) to help you make the best choice, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Unsure about which retinoid is right for you? Then it might be worth seeking medical advice, especially if you have a specific skin concern. The good news is that investing your time and energy in this one step will offer tremendous benefits for almost everyone.

As always, thank you so much for watching and for all your support!




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19 thoughts on “Are You Using The Right Retinoid? Retinol, Retinaldehyde or HPR? | Dr Sam Bunting”
annieway35 says:

I've been using adapalene (Differin) for about six months and still can't use it every day from irritation. I know it's the best thing for my skin so I use three times a week. Still the best stuff I use for the occasion break out.

Beth Novello says:

I wish you had included the bar graph of efficacy & irritation for retinaldehyde

Bee G says:

please create a niacinamide free nightly retinol serum, dr sam! 🙁

Hira Imtiaz says:

before this video I ordered the Ordinary 0.2 in squalane. as entering in my mid 2os hope it works for the years demange. Thank you so much youre a such gem , learning so much from you. ♥️🥺

Brian Healy says:

My wife has always wondered why she can get all your products in the ROI but can't get the serums???

Ella Y says:

Really helpful as always.. thank you! Off to buy Nightly.

elena says:

Thank you for this wonderful video !!!
I use your night serum ‘Nightly’ and use it every day without issues. What would I have to do if I wanted to increase the potency ? Will you make more potent serums if the kind ? Or should I move to another retinoid?
Thank you ❤

Love Lupita says:

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Would you be able to cover and talk about adapalene and how it is different from the OTC retinoids talked about in this video? I have heard that adapalene is best for people with acne and not for anti aging. Is this true?

Tia Teri says:

Thanks for your clear & concise explanation of the different forms of retinoids. I’ve watched many videos on this topic over the years, but this was the best IMO. I don’t know that I knew about the packaging aspect prior to this (I know vitamin C should be in light protective packaging). Thanks again.

Brandi Dixon says:

Such a great video Dr Sam 💕💕. I’ve been on your Flawless system for almost 3 years now. Not really sure how to go about increasing the Flawless Nightly, it does wonders for my skin. I’ve never had any skin irritations since day one usage. I am kindof thinking 🤔 why change what’s working. But I am not sure 🤔 if the skin adapts to this percentage, which is why we need to increase. Thanks 🙏 again for all you help.

Lisa Pierce says:

Wayne Goss did a video on ‘contact therapy’ using Tretinoin. I have been doing this and am up to one hour nightly. Dr. Sam, what are your thoughts on this? Thanks!

kay-ash says:

ive been at 0.025% tret for 2 years. is the goal to move up to 1%? i thought all versions of tret were comparably efficacious after a certain period of time?

Anna Etzler says:

Thanks for a great video! Why is tretinoin actually on prescription in most countries? We only talk about how good it is, so one could argue that everyone should be able to enjoy it! 🙂 Could it somehow be dangerous to use (long term)?

Kelly says:

What kind should I be using for Melasma/pigmentation? Thanks in advance.

La Fa says:

Wish your consultations were affordable

Trae Palmer says:

I think my dehydrogenase enzymes are set to "turbo" because the main difference I notice on my skin between retinol, retinaldehyde, and tretinoin is speed: each gets me to the same result, but tretinoin just works faster. I can get an acute erythema the day after using tretinoin that basically looks like a sunburn, so I keep retinaldehyde on hand in case I'm going anywhere I need to look professional the day after a retinoid night. I recently learned the hard way, however, that the rate-limiting effect of retinoic acid entering the skin that using metabolic precursors like retinaldehyde produces has a slight downside: I tried a 0.1% retinaldehyde, which, in hindsight, was too strong for my skin, and got "time-released" irritation for the next 5 or 6 days. By contrast, using too strong or large of an applied quantity of tretinoin will give me irritation out to about day 3, albeit much more intensely. So even with the OTC retinoids, it's important to exercise caution: 0.06 % seems to be my skin's limit for retinaldehyde, and I discovered years ago that 0.3 % was the sweet spot for my skin with retinol 😁

What do you think of Medik8 crystal retinaldehyde 2%? Great video!

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