Retinol, aka topical Vitamin A or retinoids, can make immense improvements to the overall look and feel of your skin. It has been praised as the Magic Bullet in skin care by aestheticians, dermatologists, beauty editors, and late 30’s Bloggers with fine lines and dark spots (namely, me!). But many of us end up with red, flaky, dry, irritated skin instead of the soft, porcelain skin we have imagined! But, have no fear. These are the best ways to reduce irritated skin, find a great retinol to start off with, and most of all, learn the best ways to keep using it so you get the maximum benefit.