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National Retinol Day – November 7, 2022

National Retinol Day is on November 7. RoC Skincare founded this event on October 25, 2021. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative that aids in skin renewal and helps to reduce indications of aging such as lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, and uneven tone and texture. It’s also one of the most thoroughly researched substances. Retinol is widely known as the anti-aging gold standard. Dermatologists frequently promote retinol and praise it for its skin-transforming properties. Year after year, experts boost the efficiency of this famous skincare component.

History of National Retinol Day

Retinol was found in 1909, isolated in 1931, and synthesized for the first time in 1947.
Frederick Gowland Hopkins got a Nobel Prize in 1929 for demonstrating in 1912 that undiscovered accessory elements contained in milk are essential to rat growth. In 1913, a fat-soluble nutrient was discovered in butterfat and cod liver oil by a biochemist, Elmer Verner McCollum, and his colleague, Marguerite Davis, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1918, the ‘accessory components’ were dubbed ‘fat-soluble A,’ then ‘vitamin A’ in 1920. Paul Karrer, a Swiss chemist, first described the molecular structure of vitamin A in 1932.

Retinol got isolated for the first time in the 1930s; however, sunshine and oxygen degraded it. As a result of its unstable nature, retinoic acid, which was more stable, was developed. In 1943, the first research on retinoic acid reported it as a treatment for acne. Towards the end of the 1950s, retinoic acid became used as a dermatological treatment for individuals with breakouts.

The most commonly used retinoid, tretinoin, was originally a topical medication for skin disorders in 1958; its usage in anti-aging treatments began in the 1980s. In 1983, a published study claimed that retinoic acid might treat skin aging. By the 1990s, retinoic acid gained a terrible name for causing skin irritation and sensitivity; this made the market switch to retinol, which was better for the skin.

National Retinol Day timeline

1932
Retinol’s Molecular Structure

Paul Karrer, a Swiss chemist, discovers the molecular structure of retinol.

1943
Retinoid Acne Treatment

The first study on the use of retinoids to treat acne gets published.

Mid-1940s
Commercial Retinol Production

German scientist Otto Isler creates the first successful commercial retinol production technique.

1948
Vitamin A Manufacture

The first regular manufacturing of vitamin A starts with a monthly output of 10 kg.

1958
Topical Skin Treatment

Tretinoin becomes used topically to treat skin problems.

National Retinol Day FAQs

What is the best retinol for beginners?

Beginners can use retinyl palmitate or retinol.

Is it okay to use retinol every day?

Retinoids are most effective when used daily. Because light and air deactivate some varieties, only use them at night.

Is retinol harmful long-term?

The use of retinol on your skin is completely safe.

How to Observe National Retinol Day

  1. Follow RoC Skincare

    For a chance to win a free sample and participate in giveaways, follow RoC Skincare on Instagram. During this time, take advantage of their website's sales to get free travel-sized Retinol Correxion Eye Cream and Serum with any purchase.

  2. Read about retinol

    Learn about the many benefits of retinol, its extensive history, and how to include it in your beauty routine. Use the hashtag #NationalRetinolDay on social media to invite others to join the debate.

  3. Purchase retinol from a drug store

    There are various ways to commemorate National Retinol Day and incorporate the anti-aging component into your skincare regimen! Add retinol serum to your routine by purchasing it from your local pharmacy or cosmetic store.

5 Facts About Retinol

  1. Retinol is a night treatment

    The sun can inactivate notoriously unstable components in retinol, thus, it's used best at night.

  2. It is an antioxidant

    Retinol, like vitamin C, is an antioxidant.

  3. Retinol requires additional treatments

    Although retinol is a critical component of your skincare regimen, it cannot meet the entire demands of your skin's beauty and health.

  4. Cosmetic retinol is from animals

    Although retinol is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables, most of it used in cosmetics is derived from animal sources such as eggs.

  5. Retinol thickens and thins out skin

    Retinol acts by thickening and thinning out the skin.

Why National Retinol Day is Important

  1. Retinol has many benefits

    Because of its durability, retinol is an excellent choice for acne and healthy aging. Retinol is a more exfoliating ingredient that helps reduce sebum and oil production, smooth out pores, and scrape dead skin cells.

  2. Retinol is a cost-effective treatment

    Retinol is one of the few chemicals scientifically established to have advantages, making it a safe bet. You can locate verified low-cost startup options that work!

  3. Retinol is widely available

    Retinol is easy to purchase; it's available over-the-counter at a pharmacy or beauty supply store near you. Consult your dermatologist if you have any questions about your recommended dosage.

National Retinol Day dates

YearDateDay
2022November 7Monday
2023November 7Tuesday
2024November 7Thursday
2025November 7Friday
2026November 7Saturday

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