Are there any products similar to retinol?
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Products containing retinol produce an exfoliating effect on the skin thus increasing cell turnover. To gain similar effects try products containing Glycolic or Salacylic Acids.
Having said this there are many Retin A products available which are very effective. ZO by Dr Obaji and Environ to name a few.
Hope this helps
Effectiveness of retinol products
Exoliating Products Similar to Retinol
With that said, glycolic and salycilic acid are nice alternatives to Retin A and Retinol. They are perhaps a little less aggressive, but can be very effective. You would probably want the % of these together in your product to be between 10% and 20% to do the same or similar job that Retinol is doing. Good luck.