How do you feel about retinoids?

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Our last poll was very informative! It seems addressing signs of aging was the most popular answer, but acne/breakouts had a good number of votes, too. This leads us to one solution that lucky enough handles both fine lines, collagen production, and breakouts: Retinol.

Now begins the fine tuning: Retinoids come in many forms, including tretinoin (which is prescription) and OTC retinol. Feel free to comment with your experience with either type and let us know what you liked or disliked about each. But this is where we do a deep dive into the world of retinol and address all of the issues you've faced with other retinol products that you didn't necessarily love.

So tell me: How would your ideal retinol perform? In a perfect world, what would be the consistency, the result, the strength... Feel free to tell us about your experience with other products, both positive and negative!