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FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 Review

Today I want to talk about FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5. For a long time I avoided retinol products because I thought my sensitive skin couldn’t handle them. Eventually I dipped my toe in with one and loved it. A few months ago I had the opportunity to try out FutureDerm’s new product. What makes it special is that it is designed to release retinol over an 8 hour period of time in your skin.

FutureDerm Best Time-Release Retinol 0.5

The Website Claims:
FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 is the first retinol treatment of its kind. Retinol 0.5% is clinically proven by research studies to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by 30% within the first two weeks of use. Retinol 0.5% helps:

  • Fight fine lines and wrinkles
  • Smooth mottled or rough skin
  • Aid mild to moderate acne
  • Alleviate the appearance of age spots
  • Maintain and build skin firmness

Retinol works largely by increasing cellular turnover and downgrading matrix metalloproteinases (enzymes that degrade collagen).

FutureDerm’s Retinol:

  • 30-day return policy
  • First microencapsulated, time-release, lightweight 0.5% retinol gel formula
  • Optimized efficacy and stability

0.5% Retinol, Aqua, Glycerin (hydrator), Alcohol (thins the solution), Octyldodecanol (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (thins the solution), cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone (emulsifier), Allyl Metacrylates Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Salix Alba Bark Extract (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory), BHT (antioxidant), Tocopherol (antioxidant), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (thickening agent), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Propylene Glycol (thins the solution), Diazolidinyl Urea (antimicrobial preservative), Propylparaben (antimicrobial preservative), Methylparaben (antimicrobial preservative).

$54.95 available for purchase from FutureDerm’s site and Amazon.com

My Experience:
When I first started using the product it was around the same time that I’d been diagnosed with rosacea. I had a reaction to the daytime medication I was using so I had to stop using everything but the nighttime medication for 2 weeks before I could incorporate the retinol back into my routine. I started using it once a week, then increased to twice a week. It does cause peeling when you first start, but that is typical. I’ve worked up to using it every other night.

One of the things I loved about it is that its formula spreads easily over the skin and absorbs quickly into it. It doesn’t feel greasy. It just soaks in quickly and you can apply another moisturizer over top if you want (which I do). My skin feels so much smoother now that I’ve been using it.

I should point out is that you should not use retinol products a week before you’re going to get waxed. From my understanding, it makes the skin thinner. I didn’t know this until a few months ago, so I thought  I should share this tidbit with you. Also, the morning after you use it, don’t forget to wear high SPF on your skin to protect it.

Would I purchase?
Yes! I feel like this is a wonderful retinol product, especially for sensitive skin! It doesn’t irritate my skin. It’s made my skin smoother. While I don’t feel like my pores are smaller (I don’t think anything can really shrink pores, you just need to keep them clean) I do feel like they’re not as noticeable due to the texture of my skin.

I’m glad I can use it because I feel like I’m getting the benefit of a stronger product without any side effects because of its 8 hour delivery mechanism. I think if you like retinol products, you will love FutureDerm’s Time-Release Retinol.


5 Star Rating

Do you use Retinol products? Would you use a time-release Retinol product?

Product sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • Moxiereviews

      Great review!! I also received a sample and love the Retinol!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Moxiereviews Yay!

    • Sandy615

      You previously mentioned that you were prescribed Metrogel for the roseacea, and that you use that at night. 
      How do you use the Metrogel in combination with this product? 
      I have roseacea, as well, and use Metrogel at night, sometimes skipping a night if my skin is especially dry. I do also use a gentle moisturizer in conjunction with the Metrogel, like Cetaphil, or CeraVe PM. 
      I’d really like to try this new product, especially since you like it, but am hesitant because my roseacea is a bit more apparent than yours.
      Thanks loads!

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Sandy615 Hi! I put the metrogel on first. I wait for it to dry completely. I use this time to apply my eye cream, etc. After I’m sure it’s dry, I put on the FutureDerm. I wait for that to sink in (which really doesn’t take very long). I follow with a night time moisturizer on top.
        I could NOT use this product when I was using the daytime medication Aczone I was prescribed. In fact, I had to discontinue the daytime because it got to the point that i couldn’t use anything. It made my skin feel like I had over exfoliated all the time and it hurt to use any product.

    • Sandy615

      Phyrra, thanks! I did hear that the Aczone can be very irritating, and obviously was in your case. I appreciate your reply (and so quick!) and I am happy to hear that you have found a routine that works for you. Obviously it does work, because your complexion is just lovely!
      I have an upcoming appt with my derm and I will ask her about the Retinol product. 
      Thanks again for the info. Stay safe on Halloween!
      Love to Phaedra, too. ^^

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Sandy615 No problem Sandy! And yes, I’d heard if you had rosacea you couldn’t ues retinol. I thought I had just sensitive skin, so I dipped my toes in with the very gentle Paula’s Choice retinol. So after I got my diagnosis I talked to my dr. about the FutureDerm product and she said to give it a try because of the time release. It really seems to be gentle but effective from my perspective.
        Besos from Phaedra :) We will stay safe.

    • KimberlyisHere

      I having laser hair removal and they don’t do laser treatments on skin that has recently used retinol.

    • thecakepie

      Had you ever tried retinols before? I’m curious if you can make any comparisons.

      • http://www.Phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        thecakepie Yes, I used the Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum before this. I reviewed it and loved it :)

        • thecakepie

          Phyrra thecakepie That begs the question: which one did you like better?  (:

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    • claireystilo

      Rosacea patients should be careful in choosing the products to be used. Read the ingredients carefully and products with natural ingredients are safer to use.