You Can "Achieve Clear, Smooth Skin" Too With This $11 Retinol Serum

At some point recently, we all agreed on one thing: A skincare routine wasn't just good hygiene—it was a point of thoughtful self-care. So we started investigating different lotions, creams, and serums, finding ever more tips and tricks to perfect our regimens, and soon enough, we came across retinol. Then we all agreed on something else: We needed it.

"A retinol signals your body to produce collagen and cell renewal, allowing for smoother skin while also reducing hyperpigmentation and clogged pores," says Jenna Queller, MD, FAAD, a Beverly Hills dermatologist. Jenna describes retinol, which is a derivative of vitamin A, as having all the benefits of a must-have skincare product. It's a type of antioxidant, so it can reverse premature signs of aging, diminish wrinkles, and lessen the appearance of sunspots. Basically, it's something all skin types can benefit from as part of a nightly process—as long as your skin can take it.

"I always recommend that my patients apply a very small amount and wait three to four days to see if they have any irritation," Jenna says, noting that some patients have seen this side effect along with dryness. "It is still beneficial to use a retinol two to three times a week if an individual cannot tolerate it on a daily basis."

So which retinol products should you put into rotation? Jenna recommends the 10 best retinol serums out there, making it easy to figure out which one is best for you.