When to skip retinols While we've been going on and on about the magic of retinols, we're bummed to say that it's not for everyone. Most doctors tell pregnant women to avoid products with retinol because high levels of vitamin A have been linked to birth defects. (There’s no research proving that vitamin A-derivatives in skin care products are dangerous, but doctors always want to be extra careful if you’re with child.) Woolery-Lloyd suggests that patients with rosacea or eczema also steer clear of retinols. "If your skin is red and irritated to begin with, you don't want to use an ingredient that may make it worse," she says.
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