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There's a reason that retinol is the buzziest ingredient in skincare. The powerhouse anti-aging ingredient
is key for addressing various skin concerns, from wrinkles, uneven texture, and breakouts, to hyper-pigmentation. According to celebrity dermatologist Harold Lancer
, "If you're maintaining a skincare program that doesn't include a retinol, there's something wrong with the program." (One caveat, though: If you're breastfeeding or pregnant you should check with your doctor before use.) To steer you in the right direction, here are the most raved-about retinols out there. Used at night unless otherwise specified, these gems yield baby-soft skin by morning.