Retinol Burn - What Can I do?

Managing Retinol Damage: A Comprehensive Guide

Retinol, a synthesised version of Vitamin A, is widely used in the pursuit of younger looking skin. However, it's use is linked to adverse effects for a significant number of  users. 

What does Retinol Burn look like?

Common retinol burn symptoms and retinol side effects include:

  • retinol burned skin - on the face, neck, eyelids and burned under the eyes

  • dryness - dry, cracked and rough skin on the face and around the lips

  • flakiness - flaky and peeling skin

  • sensitivity - skin develops sore red patches often called retinol rash

  • pigmentation, spots and premature ageing.

  • retinol sun damage - where the skin becomes more susceptible to UV rays due to the thinning of the epidermis and melanin destruction 

  • retinol sun damage - skin cancer risk 

Does Retinol damage the skin barrier?

Yes. A real concern is the retinol damaged skin barrier, where retinol disrupts the skin's protective layer, leading to increased sensitivity and vulnerability to UV light and pollutants.

Retinol Burn

Retinol burn often appears as red, inflamed, and peeling skin. It's similar to a sunburn but is caused by retinol.

After Retinol has chemically burned away the upper layer of skin, the new exposed skin has not had enough time to build up its natural protection film especially to UV light and pollutants.

This means exposure to skin cancer risk, pigmentation spots, and premature ageing.

How to Repair Retinol Damaged Skin

Retinol Burn... here's your way back to healthy skin.

Repairing retinol-damaged skin involves a few key steps. 

  • First, it's crucial to halt retinol use.

    It's a misnomer that healthy skin is 'encouraged' by the application of chemicals selected to kill skin. 

    Retinol use:

    •    Kills the top layer of your skin abnormally
    •    Interferes with the molecular biology of those cells
    •    Disturbs the natural protective surface layer within

  • Focus on hydration and barrier repair

    To heal retinol burn fast, reduce skin irritation by avoiding harsh skincare products and applying gentle, soothing moisturisers. Keeping the skin hydrated and protected from the sun's ageing rays.

    There is urgent need to protect skin from Ultraviolet (UVA) radiation.

    The skin immediately needs:

    • A deep reaching oil to reach the newer (surviving) skin cells which don't yet have the necessary natural protection.
    • Protection against free radical damage caused by UVA rays
    • Stimulated melanin production

Best Moisturiser for Retinol Burn

To get your skin on a fast-track to recovery you will need to give it some help. This is what the Restoration Serum was meant for.

Your skin has lost it's top layer. The new layers coming through need these oils to help them.

Suitable for all skin types, this is wonderfully soothing to sore skin. It nourishes and moisturises Retinol damaged skin.

It has no allergens, perfumes and no steroids.

It is intensely moisturising and nourishing to damaged skin and reaches deep down for the fastest recovery.


Samples available ...

Sample Restoration Serum ~ NES028/S
  • 5ml sample size lasts up to 7 days depending on extent of damage

  • Suitable for all skin types suffering from Retinol Burn

  • Soothing 

  • Nourishing to skin

  • Intense moisturiser

  • Suitable for very sensitive skin

  • No allergens, no perfumes, No steroids


Restoration Serum 30ml

Best Protection from Retinol Sun Damage

After Retinol took away the top layer of skin, it has exposed unprotected skin cells to UVA radiation from sunlight. You need that protection back ASAP.

Pre-Sun UVA Protection Facial Oil 

This Ultra-Sensitive Oil contains neutralising natural oils, which fight against free radical damage caused by UVA rays and stimulate melanin production. 

Free Radicals are the biggest cause of skin damage and ageing to skin.

The oil's molecular characteristics enable it to reach deeper than a cream to protect the skin where it is so urgently needed.

Samples available ...

  • Suitable for all skin types suffering from Retinol Burn

  • Stimulates melanin production

  • Intense moisturiser

  • Protects from UVA

  • Soothing 

  • Nourishing to skin

  • Deep reaching repair

  • None of the harsh spf50 chemicals

How Long Does Retinol Burn Last?

The duration of a retinol burn varies depending on the severity of the damage and your skin's healing process. Generally, it can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Is retinol bad for young skin?

The website of a major chain says...

"Retinol products are safe to use in your teens - it's just that you may not need to. Some young people use retinol for its blemish-busting properties....."


It would appear that great discernment is need regarding the Big-money skincare providers.

Dr Niamh has her own thoughts on this

  • Toxicity from long term high use can affect the Liver at any age.

Dr Niamh - Retinol and Vit A Toxicity 

A Better Way - After the Retinol Burn has healed

Natural Elements offers a facial oil as natural retinol alternative for use after the Burn from Retinol use has fully healed

This blend of vital oils, combined with a triple-action brightening complex, protects the skin from the primary causes of ageing. 

The formulation, enriched with peach and jojoba extracts, offers superior protection against free radical damage. 

Contains none of the Retinoid ingredients...

  • So ... No more Burn

The infusion of orange, grapefruit, and patchouli ensures dead cells are removed harmoniously, promoting cell regeneration and revealing a radiant complexion.

100% Natural Retinol Alternative - No more Burn

Radiance Plus Skincare Kit 

Our Clarifying Face Wash is an invigorating blend of Aloe Vera and Cellulose Gel actively repairing and soothing to the skin, whilst combating irritation and sensitivity. The Cellulose Gel delivers rich antioxidants to help protect your skin against environmental damage and provide anti-ageing protection.

Blending Moisturiser sinks into the skin instantly without leaving a greasy film. It’s packed with antioxidants, a blend of botanicals and a moisturising base. It makes a great skin primer for application of make-up and locks in beneficial facial oils. 

Keeps your skin smooth and plump whilst helping to block the enzymes which cause the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

Radiance Facial Oil offers immense Anti-Ageing properties to replenish precious moisture, accelerate repair and create an impenetrable barrier between your complexion and environmental stresses.

Silky and Lightweight, the blend of Peach and Avocado protects your skin against Free Radical damage. While the uplifting blend of Lavender, Orange and Rose infuse the formulation into a refreshing tonic, aiding the protective film on the skin's surface, stimulating collagen production and enhancing suppleness leaving your skin looking smooth, lifted and luminous.

Works in harmony with the skin's own natural sun protection (Melanin) to protect against UVA damage.Unlike cream, this oil penetrates to the lower layers of the skin and  subsequently prevents premature ageing. 

Konjac Sponge

Konjac is a perennial herb (from the aroid family) and since ancient times, it has been widely used as a medical and edible natural plant. Unbelievably soft and gentle, the Konjac sponge exfoliates dead skin cells whilst cleansing the face, and leaves behind a “Colloid Film” to nourish, protect and hydrate your skin. It is perfect for cleansing even the most sensitive skin.

Samples available ...

Sample Radiance Facial Oil NES130/S
  • 100% Natural retinol alternative

  • Soothing to the skin, combats irritation and sensitivity

  • Gently removes dirt, oil, environmental pollutants

  • Gently removes harmful bacteria

  • Gently removes heavy make-up

  • Retains beneficial lipids, proteins

  • Intensely hydrating. Improves elasticity and tone.

  • Anti-ageing

  • Great skin primer for make-up 

  • Locks in beneficial facial oils

  • Not for use for current Retinol Burn

NES416 (NES009/NES012/NES130/NSP1)

Radiance Plus Skincare Kit | Previously Uplifting |  4 piece kit

It's time

to move away from skincare products that contain synthetic or petroleum-based chemicals which can:

  • Damage skin 

  • Strip away protection

  • Scar and cause sudden or premature ageing


our Natural Anti Ageing Oils and Serums plant compounds which  

  • Soothe, repair and nourish your skin

  • Reach deep down to surround new-forming cells to protect them

It's time to feel good again

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