Vitamin A has always been a frenemy of my skin. I’ve never quite found a vitamin A product that either doesn’t irritate me or actually makes a difference. I’ve used prescription vitamin A for my acne which worked brilliantly but left my skin drier than Alice Springs, I’ve tried serums that haven’t caused dryness but also haven’t caused anything else and I’ve tried creams in the same boat. So I wanted to give the new Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6 a really good go before reporting back to you.

I’ve been using this serum for about two months now and I can finally say I’ve had vitamin A success! I’ll wait while you crack open the Champagne.

What makes this vitamin A serum different is that it is formulated with retinaldehyde, a derivative of vitamin A. In order for retinol to take effect, it needs to first be converted to retinaldehyde then to retinoic acid within the skin. Crystal Retinal only requires one conversion to retinoic acid, therefore it can deliver results 11x faster than classic forms of retinol.

What, I think, has enabled my skin to take so well to this particular serum as opposed to others in the past is the time release delivery system. This means the Crystal Retinal is released slowly throughout the night, not overwhelming the skin, rather than BAM have some retinol.

So what did it do for me? I began by using it once a week for two weeks, then increased to twice a week for two weeks and now I’ve been consistently using it every second night. My breakouts have stayed at bay and my post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation is fading. The beauty of using retinaldehyde rather than retinol is it contains antibacterial properties, making it ideal for breakout prone skin.

I’m 26 so I can’t comment on how this fares on lines or it’s collagen boosting claims. My skin however is smoother and looks ‘healthier’.

I have been using the Crystal Retinal 6 which is 0.06% retinaldehyde. Crystal Retinal 10 is also available which is 0.10% retinaldehyde.

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