There’s no denying our love for retinol. As one of the most studied and oft touted ingredients by dermatologists, aestheticians and beauty editors alike, the vitamin A derivative has a reputation of being “the gold standard” of skincare ingredients because of its ability to tackle a wide range of concerns, from acne to sun damage to collagen breakdown.
But the truth is not everyone can tolerate it. Potential side effects include redness, dryness, and general irritation—not to mention they can't be used by those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you fall into this camp, the good news is there are gentler retinol alternatives you can try instead. Say hello to bakuchiol, the plant-based alternative that even those with the most sensitive skin can handle, then try it out with one of these nine picks below.