Should i refrigerate retinol?

asik

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Hi, probably this is a strange question. I have read that creams containing retinol should be kept refrigerated. Is this true? Where do you keep yours? Thanks!
 
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I've never heard that, but I do keep my tube of retinol out of the bathroom & away
from the sun as I do all my skin care products/treatments
 

Bentley1

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My derm & facialist have always told me to keep my retinol in a "dark/cool place away from the sun" but I've never been told to refrigerate it. I don't believe refrigeration is necessary.

I keep mine in a cabinet in my bathroom.
 

tua

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what brand of Retinol cream do you guys recommend im kinda new to this and i feel so lost in trying to purchase one
 

Staci_W

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I use Neutrogena retinol night cream. The specific one is, Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. It's package doesn't let light in. It's cheap and has a "best" BeautyPedia review.

I never store it in the fridge.
 

Jeanek

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I use the same as Staci, but I just got a prescription for Retin A & pick it up from the pharmacy today. I store mine at room temp. The packaging already blocks the sun, but a dark cool cupboard would be great!

Whatever retinal you choose should be in a tube, not a jar. Sunlight breaks it down.
 

baxa17

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I use an OTC brand (Verso brand) and never store them in the fridge. They come in a plastic container with a pump. The cream is actually vacuum-sealed in a bag inside the tube so it gets every last drop of it (not like the conventional packaging where the cream stay at the bottom)
 

taraa

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As a pharmacy student, I would recommend you store it at room temperature around 75 F as it was formulated to be stable at room temperature until the date of expiration.
 
As a pharmacy student, I would recommend you store it at room temperature around 75 F as it was formulated to be stable at room temperature until the date of expiration.

Hii Taraa,

I have mine stored cold is that really bad? I tought I did it because my derm told me so but now I am a little bit confused..
 
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