Wednesday 8 January 2014

New: La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] - Retinol Treatment!

Hey Beauty Lovers! I started using La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] about a week before Christmas. At that stage my skin seemed clear and I had no breakouts [my skin type: oily/combo + acne prone]. About a week in I started noticing visible changes to my skin. I'm actually very excited about this skincare product! To begin with, Retinol is a very powerful ingredient when it comes to anti-aging skincare. By lifting off the top layers of dead skin Retinol works deeply into the skin tissue rejuvenating skin cells. This makes fine lines and deep wrinkles appear diminished as well as making premature dark spots fade, leaving skin texture smooth and even-toned. Retinol is also the ingredient that is used in dermatological treatment for acne, as it lifts all the impurities. It is important to wear a high SPF especially when you are having a Retinol treatment!

Retinol is a very intense ingredient and can be too harsh on sensitive skin. However the great thing is that La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] has 0.1% pure Retinol with an exclusive Retinol booster complex which helps to enhance the efficacy of the formula, while maintaining suitable tolerance on the skin. So it's super gentle and suitable for all skin types. Retinol helps the skin to heal fast, so even if you get a spot it will take care of it really quickly, and next day or the day after it will simply make the skin peel in the place where the spot was rather than leaving it to develop into an ordeal, yet it won't leave your skin feeling dehydrated.

So for about two weeks all the pore impurities were lifted to the surface of the skin. Retinol acts like a hoover lifting everything out of the pores even if you couldn't see anything beforehand with the naked eye. Those were deeper pores that Retinol was working on, so potentially these could have been formed into more substantial spots later. I also noticed suddenly I got quite a few black heads, which I normally don't get. But I didn't get any cystic acne or nothing that resembled a general break out. My skin was getting properly cleansed and resurfaced, skin starts to peel [only in the beginning] but it's totally worth it in the end! And only now it seems Retinol has vacuumed all the junk and my skin texture is beautifully smooth and clear. 

Redermic [R] can be used in the morning and evening, it's meant to be a great make-up primer, but since I'm using another primer at the moment I apply it in the evening. It's super light-weight and gets absorbed immediately. The texture is very light and creamy similarly to a serum. Redermic has a pale yellow colour which is typical of Retinol. I will be doing an updated review in a few weeks to let you know how it's taking care of a pigmentation spot I have, I haven't noticed any changes yet.



  1. I can`t decided between La Roche Posay retinol treatment or Avene... I can`t get a sample of Redermic, so I guess I will start with Avene because I tried it ones and it didn`t irritated my skin. My friend tried Redermic and sad that she had problems with applying foundation another day even though she washed her face in the morning. Did you notice something similar?

    Erika Nagode

    1. Hi Erika,

      I don't use Redermic in the morning, only as a night treatment. Which is what I do with all intensive skincare, I find they do a better job when applied at night. I haven't tried the Avene retinol yet, but I like Avene skincare in general because just like La Roche Posay and Vichy they are all very gentle and effective.

      Alyona x

    2. I just reread your comment. So she applied it at night but had problems applying foundation in the morning? My foundation didn't look perfect when my skin was 'resurfacing' it's just something you have to be patient with to get a smooth skin eventually. What is important is to use a good moisturiser next morning and also make sure to gently exfoliate the skin couple of times a week. To take off the dead skin 'flakes' that start to peel after retinol treatment I'd recommend Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, it's super gentle.

      Alyona x