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Advanced retinol care with stabilized retinaldehyde & bakuchiol and other active ingredients.

  • Two dosage strengths: RETINAID for beginners and sensitive skins, RETINAID FORTE for skin used to retinol
  • Fast-absorbing gel serum, suitable for all skin types
  • PZN for ordering in the pharmacy: 16330164 RETINAID, 16330171 RETINAID FORTE

Delivery time: approx. 3-4 working days


  • Texture: Yellowish, light fluid
  • pH value: 5.0 - 6.0
  • Odour: Discreet inherent odour


  • Skin type: dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin
  • skin condition: sensitivity, impurities, premature skin aging, hyperpigmentation
  • Application Evening (combine with LSF during the day)
Description of the

The active ingredient retinol has proven itself for years as the "gold standard" for cosmetic anti-aging: It helps stimulate cell renewal, demonstrably reduces lines and wrinkles, frees pores, promotes collagen formation and can even reduce acne. But where there is light, there is also shadow: pure, high-dose retinol can dry out and irritate the skin. Mild retinol precursors, on the other hand, are better tolerated, but often do not develop the optimal retinol-typical anti-aging effect.

The search for the best combination of tolerability and efficacy has now come to an end: With the RETINAID system, consisting of two retinol formulas with different intensities, even sensitive skin can be optimally and permanently treated with retinol.


The INCIs of RETINAID are listed below. The composition of the FORTE version is identical but contains twice the amount of retinaldehyde, i.e. 0.1%. Both product versions contain 0.5% bakuchiol.

AQUA (water serves as solvent and consistency enhancer), PENTYLENE GLYCOL (pentylene glycol is a solvent with moisture-binding and antimicrobial properties), PASSIFLORA EDULIS SEED OIL (passion fruit seed oil has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect due to its high linoleic acid content), GLYCERIN (glycerine is part of the skin's own moisture retention system; HYDROGENATED ETHYLHEXYL OLIVATE (a mixture of different esters derived from olive oil with softening and skin-caring properties), HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL UNSAPONSIFIABLES (Lipid extracted from olive oil with nourishing properties), SR-SPIDER POLYPEPTIDE-1 (silk proteins protect the skin by means of a breathable film), ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE (Diester of isosorbide and caprylic acid; SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE (natural cosmetic substance derived from glucose with moisture-binding properties), ORBIGNYA OLEIFERA (BABASSU) SEED OIL (babassu oil is quickly absorbed, has a slightly cooling effect, retains moisture and leaves the skin feeling soft and silky), UBIQUINONE (also known as Q10 co-enzyme with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties), TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (the derivative of vitamin E is an antioxidant and radical scavenger, so it protects the skin from harmful influences), C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE (skin-friendly lipid of synthetic origin; combines nourishing and antimicrobial properties), UNDARIA PINNATIFIDA (WAKAME) EXTRACT (extract of the Wakame algae with skin-protecting and moisture-preserving properties), PECTIN (natural cosmetic thickener), XANTHAN GUM (xanthan gum is a thickening agent derived from sugar, which is also used for organic food), CHONDRUS CRISPUS EXTRACT (extract of red seaweed with skin-caring properties), CYCLODEXTRIN (oligosaccharide complex, which is used here to stabilise the retina), RUBUS CHAMAEMORUS (SEED) OIL (cloudberry oil); nourishing oil with a high proportion of vitamin C), RETINALDEHYD (also known as retinal; direct precursor of retinoic acid; stimulates the production of collagen and elastin), CERAMIDES NP, CERAMIDES AP, CERAMIDES EOP (ceramides are an endogenous component of the skin barrier; protect them from harmful environmental influences and regulate the moisture balance), PHYTOSPHINGOSINE (belongs to the group of ceramides; endogenous component of the skin barrier), CHOLESTEROL (endogenous lipid; component of the cell mortar in the horny layer of the skin (stratum corneum)), SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE (sodium salt extracted from vegetable oil; is used as a mild emulsifier), CARBOMER (gelling agent with stabilizing properties), TETRAHEXYLDECYL ASCORBATE (stabilized, as it is an oil-soluble form of vitamin C), BAKUCHIOL (active ingredient extracted from the Indian Babchi plant which acts similar to retinol), DIPOTASSIUM GLYCYRRHIZATE (extract from the liquorice root; has anti-inflammatory and skin calming properties), MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS BARK EXTRACT (extract from the bark of the magnolia tree; has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties, thus slowing down skin ageing), SODIUM HYALURONATE (hyaluronic acid stores many times its own volume of moisture, plumping up the skin and stimulating collagen formation), ALLANTOIN (allantoin has a wound healing promoting, anti-inflammatory and skin calming effect), SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYL BETAGLUCAN (film former of plant origin), SODIUM HYDROXIDE (sodium hydroxide is a pH regulator of mineral origin).


What should I know before I start using RETINAID (FORTE)?

  • We recommend that retinol beginners start with RETINAID to get used to the product and only switch to RETINAID FORTE from the 2nd bottle onwards.
  • Do not use RETINAID (FORTE) on injured or inflamed skin.
  • If you are/could be pregnant or breastfeeding, please ask your doctor if the use of a retinol product is advisable for you.
  • Retinaldehyde is an active ingredient that must be used consistently for at least 8-12 weeks to show initial results. RETINAID contains other supporting active ingredients that immediately care for your skin and improve its condition.
  • It is completely normal if your skin is stressed during the first weeks of using RETINAID (FORTE), for example in the form of moderate desquamation, redness or a feeling of tension. These possible skin reactions are temporary and inextricably linked to the specific mode of action of retinaldehyde. In most cases, these reactions occur, if at all, after 2 weeks of regular application at the latest and last for a maximum of 4 weeks until they subside. It is important for the success of the treatment that you do not completely discontinue the product despite these skin reactions. The following instructions will help you to minimise the adverse effects on your skin sensation.

How exactly do I apply RETINAID (FORTE)?

  • RETINAID (FORTE) is applied a maximum of 1x daily, preferably in the evening. You can also use RETINAID (FORTE) during the day, provided you combine the application with an effective UV protection (e.g. DAY LIGHT 30 or D-FENCE 50).
  • If your skin is not yet used to RETINAID (FORTE), we advise the following gradual acclimatisation:
    • Week 1-2: 2x weekly
    • Week 3-4: Every 2nd evening
    • From week 5: Every evening
  • Apply a thin layer of RETINAID (FORTE) to the skin after cleansing the face and let it absorb well before applying further care steps.
  • Do not use RETINAID (FORTE) on the lips or eyelids. Avoid direct eye contact. In case of eye contact, rinse eyes with lukewarm water.
  • Please do not accelerate the settling-in process - a careful settling-in pays off.
  • If your skin is sensitive or dry, use a skin-soothing care product such as HighDroxy CALM BALM after RETINAID (FORTE).
  • In order to temporarily reduce the irritation potential, you can mix the product with the following care and apply it together or reduce the frequency of application.
  • Avoid mechanical peelings during the settling-in phase and do not add active ingredients such as niacinamide, vitamin C or mild fruit acids until you have settled in.
  • If your skin is already used to retinol, you can start/continue with RETINAID FORTE . You can use RETINAID FORTE directly every 2nd evening or every evening depending on your tolerance.
  • Please always use a sunscreen when using RETINAID (FORTE)!
  • We have compiled further helpful information for you in the package insert.

38 reviews for RETINAID

  1. N. Kanda (Verified owner)

    Pleasant to apply, no skin irritation, top!

  2. M. Probst (Verified owner)

    After the beginner's version, I have now switched to the advanced version - I have tolerated both completely without any problems.

  3. J. Warnken (Verified owner)

    As always, I am convinced by this product from the brand. Even sensitive skin can use it well after getting used to it.

  4. C. Mandelkow (Verified owner)

    You can see a clear improvement in the skin's condition after just a few days. That's why it's my favourite among products with retinol/retinal.

  5. E. Gärtner (Verified owner)

    Super compatible for every day, makes redness and blemishes disappear quickly.

  6. G. Heß (Verified owner)

    I took retinol for 6 weeks before Retinaid , it was a bit irritating, but I could already see success during this time. I have been taking Retinaid daily for 10 days now, no irritation and a very nice result, skin is thickening, the complexion looks really fresh and that in the over 60 category.

  7. E. Becker (Verified owner)

    Despite very sensitive skin, I tolerate the product well.
    It refines and beautifies the skin.
    And tightens and clarifies (at least my skin); I find it conjures up delicate, young skin.

  8. D. Emric (Verified owner)

    The Retinaid has a pleasant consistency and is quickly absorbed. It does not irritate my skin at all, I use it every other evening and I think I can easily extend the application to every evening. The skin feels very smooth and radiant the next morning. The only drawback is that so far every cream on the serum does not stick, even the RE:STORE peels off.

  9. M. Seeliger (Verified owner)

    Clear recommendation, I have no side effects whatsoever.

  10. S. Schippmann (Verified owner)

    Everything is fine, thank you very much!

  11. C. Dehling (Verified owner)

    best product ever !!!!!!!!!

  12. J. Warnken (Verified owner)

    Also recommended for sensitive skin

  13. C. Dworschak (Verified owner)

    I have been using retinol for at least a year, so I started with the Forte version right away. Contracts it very well. I will definitely reorder it.

  14. C. Count (Verified owner)

    Fine product, pleasant and very effective

  15. S. Mehring (Verified owner)

    The skin irritation that might have been expected - despite sensitive skin - has fortunately not occurred so far. I cannot yet judge the long-term effect, as I have not been using the product long enough.

  16. M. Hunter (Verified owner)

    Very well tolerated and after almost 4 weeks I can use the product every 2 days.
    The first small successes are already somewhat visible to me. My skin looks somehow fresher.

  17. M. Ramm (Verified owner)

    my wife has not used the product yet so no rating possible!

  18. E. Gärtner (Verified owner)

    For me, Retinaid is well tolerated with daily use. The result is beautiful skin, a refined complexion, optimal for my skin.

  19. S. Vennemann (Verified owner)

    Very well tolerated, better for me than retinol. No irritation or burning at all. I will definitely buy it again. Thanks to KK for this tip.

  20. J. Hammerschmidt (Verified owner)

    I am used to retinol and therefore started directly with Forte . I tolerate it very well and can now use it daily.

  21. A. from Cube (Verified owner)

    I have not tried it yet ♀

  22. S. Houses (Verified owner)

    Good tolerability and visible effect

  23. M. Masser (Verified owner)

    A very well formulated product. It has the consistency of a light serum and not a thick cream, as is usually the case with retinol products.

  24. E. Mauderer (Verified owner)

    Good tolerance, pleasant product.

  25. P. Austermann (Verified owner)

    Very effective product! You really don't need much and in summer it is actually enough for my mature skin as a sole night care!

  26. A. Grabmann (Verified owner)

    New all-time favourite. Super pleasant and well tolerated. I use it every evening and am rewarded the next morning with firm and even skin (my feeling). Otherwise, you have to hope for the long-term effect.

  27. A. Gioros (Verified owner)

    I have already rated it, but here again: super

  28. A. Gioros (Verified owner)

    I have been using Retinaid Forte since January this year and am extremely satisfied. Except for one or two days when my skin felt irritated and was also red, I tolerated the product very well. I also feel a definite tightening here and there, but even Retinaid is not a miracle product! Still effective enough to keep using it, thank you for that!

  29. E. Gärtner (Verified owner)

    Makes my skin very beautiful. Refines the pores, spots and small marks are reduced. Only use it every other day at the moment

  30. E. Becker (Verified owner)

    This will be my first attempt with the Forte version.
    I tolerated the light version very well; I had the impression that it refines the skin towards a youthful appearance (by which I mean youthful skin without PIckel, of course).

  31. A. Weidinger (Verified owner)

    Achieves the desired effect and is not aggressive to the skin, as one might expect with the desired effect (with other manufacturers this is also quite the case).

  32. K. Voigt (Verified owner)

    Excellent well-known product

  33. P. Anthes (Verified owner)

    Effective and very economical. I have been using retinol for a long time and I could see an improvement in my skin.

  34. N. Stöck (Verified owner)

    Super pleasant retinol. Has not caused any reactions

  35. P. Austermann (Verified owner)

    Of course, I don't see clear results after only three applications, but the yellowish fluid is pleasant and my skin already looks a little finer. Only the dosage is a little difficult for me, as the skin absorbs it completely.

  36. A. Seidl (Verified owner)

    No problems so far, but I don't use it every day yet. Skin feeling good so far... also needs more time to form an opinion.

  37. E. Becker (Verified owner)

    I find it amazingly tolerable; not sharp or irritating at all.
    So far (I've only applied it 4 times) I feel like I've made a fantastic discovery.

  38. T. Schlicht (Verified owner)

    I'm already giving it 5 stars for tolerance, because after 2 applications I can't say any more:
    I ordered Retinaid but it was Retinaid forte in the outer packaging ...probably by mistake.....
    Since I am used to 1 retinol, I thought: what the heck, I'll try it.
    After using it twice in the evening, I can at least say that I tolerate it very well and that I don't have that "burning sensation the next day", especially when my skin comes into contact with plenty of Nias.
    The consistency suits me very well, as I like to use RetinolRetinal directly after cleansing and before other serums, etc., and too rich consistencies don't seem right to me.
    So far, it's really a dream come true
    I will continue to use it every other evening and evaluate its effect after 8 weeks.

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We recommend all retinol newbies to start with RETINAID and to switch to the FORTE version from the second bottle on. Those who are already used to retinol products or have robust, insensitive skin can also start directly with RETINAID FORTE . As a general rule, retinol (or the retinaldehyde contained in RETINAID ) takes a few months to take effect. Therefore, RETINAID is intended for long-term or even continuous use. A period of several weeks of habituation, during which the skin may be somewhat taut or slightly red, is also normal and no cause for concern. In the detailed package insert you will find useful tips for a gentle acclimatisation. 



Behind the skin-improving effect of retinol products is retinoic acid (also known as vitamin A acid or tretinoin), which is the only active form of retinol. Pure retinoic acid is not only highly effective, but also very irritating to the skin. Therefore only precursors (retinol) or even precursors (retinol derivatives) are used in over-the-counter skin care. These are first converted into retinoic acid in the skin and are therefore significantly less irritating - but also less effective. For the optimal combination of tolerability and efficacy, the order in which the conversion takes place is decisive:

1. retinol derivatives
(e.g. retinyl palmitate)

2. retinol

3. retinaldehyde

4. retinoic acid

Retinaldehyde thus has a decisive advantage over conventional retinol or its precursors: it is directly converted into highly effective retinoic acid in the skin with virtually no loss. Therefore, a comparatively low, well tolerated dosage is sufficient to achieve relevant results.

Another special feature of RETINAID: The form of retinaldehyde used here is additionally stabilized by a special embedding in oligosaccharides. This eliminates another disadvantage of conventional retinol: its high sensitivity to light and oxygen. Hence, RETINAID can even be applied during the day (which leads to a considerable loss of efficacy with conventional retinol products).


This active ingredient, extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Indian Babchi plant, is also referred to as the "best alternative to retinol". Not without reason: Although not chemically related to retinol, bakuchiol works in almost identical ways - but without stressing the skin.

However, Bakuchiol is more than a mild, vegetable retinol alternative: studies have also shown that Bakuchiol even enhances the effect of retinoic acid, but not its irritant potential. Bakuchiol also improves the stability of retinaldehyde through its antioxidant properties - all in all a perfect active ingredient partner!


The extract of the wakame algae (Undaria pinnatifida) used in RETINAID is known as a true elastin and collagen booster. It contains important minerals and essential amino acids and is also rich in the so-called wakame esters. These esters activate a total of 14 different genes involved in the synthesis of the three main components of the extracellular matrix (intercellular spaces): Collagen, Elastin and Hyaluronic Acid.


RETINAID (FORTE) contains a mix of skin-identical ceramides, which are structured similarly to the lipid barrier in the stratum corneum due to their multilamellar membrane system. This mix restores the barrier function of the skin and thus strengthens its self-protection. This reduces the stress potential for the skin and optimally supports the success of the treatment.

The vegan, functional silk polypeptides used in RETINAID (FORTE) form a breathable, protective film on the skin and thus support the barrier-protecting properties of the formulation from the outside.


The skin-image improving effect of retinaldehyde is complemented by the active agents niacinamide, vitamin C and mild fruit acids. We recommend not to apply fruit acids at the same time as RETINAID but alternating them in the evening.

The active ingredient retinaldehyde can reduce the skin's own protection against UV radiation, as the body's own skin renewal is accelerated. It is therefore advisable to use a sun care product with a sun protection factor of 30 or more during the day during the application period.

RETINAID (FORTE) can also be applied in the morning due to its stabilized formulation, always followed by a day care with SPF 30 or higher. Nevertheless, we recommend the application in the evening, as the fluid has a yellow tint that may affect light skin tones or subsequently applied make-up.

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