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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

Our tip: You will achieve the best results with the "Retinol Sandwich" - you can find more about this method recommended by dermatologists at the end of this page.


Delivery time: approx. 2-3 working days (D)

2,98 2,16  / ml


  • 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 to be the "gold standard" for years, because it helps boost cell renewal, has been shown to reduce lines and wrinkles, unclog pores, promote the formation of collagen 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 effect that delays aging processes. 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/can be pregnant or if you are breastfeeding, we recommend not to use RETINAID or to ask your doctor for safety.
  • 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 inseparable from the specific mode of action of retinaldehyde. In most cases, these reactions occur, if at all, after 2 weeks of regular use at the latest and last for a maximum of 4 weeks until they subside. For the success of the treatment it is important that you do not stop using the product completely despite these skin reactions. The following tips will help you to minimize the adverse effects on your skin.

How exactly do I apply RETINAID (FORTE)?

  • RETINAID (FORTE) is applied maximum 1x daily, preferably in the evening. You can also use RETINAID (FORTE) during the day, provided that you combine the application with an effective UV protection (e.g. DAY LIGHT 30 or D-FENCE 50).
  • If your skin is not yet accustomed to RETINAID (FORTE), we advise the following gradual acclimation:
    • Week 1-2: 2x weekly
    • Week 3-4: Every 2nd evening
    • From week 5: Every evening
  • Apply RETINAID (FORTE) thinly 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 the eyes with lukewarm water.
  • Please don't rush the acclimation process - it pays to acclimate gently.
  • If your skin is sensitive or dry, use a skin-soothing care after RETINAID (FORTE), for example the HighDroxy CALM BALM.
  • To temporarily soften the irritation potential, you can mix the product with the following care and apply together or reduce application frequency.
  • Avoid mechanical peels during the acclimation phase and add active ingredients such as niacinamide, vitamin C or mild fruit acids only after acclimation is complete.
  • 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.

Can I apply RETINAID to the eyes?
You can apply RETINAID up to the point where the bone ends - we do not recommend application directly under the eye or on the eyelid.

At what point in my skincare routine do I apply RETINAID ?
There are several options here.

  1. Apply RETINAID after cleansing and use a moisturizer afterwards.
  2. First use a moisturizer like IN:FUSE and then apply RETINAID .
  3. Use a moisturizer after cleansing, then RETINAID and then a moisturizer again.
  4. Mix RETINAID with your moisturizer and apply both together.

What is the minimum frequency of use of RETINAID ?
It is not necessary to use RETINAID every day. However, you should apply RETINAID at least twice a week.

I previously used 1 percent retinol - do I now use RETINAID or RETINAID FORTE ?
When using 1 percent retinol (which is equivalent to 0.1 percent active acting retinoic acid), 0.1 percent retinaldehyde is a good way to proceed. This is found in RETINAID FORTE . Nevertheless, with a retinol product it also always depends on the compatibility of the overall formulation, i.e. you can also wonderfully start with the weaker version RETINAID with 0.05 percent retinaldehyde and then switch to RETINAID FORTE .

Can I also use RETINAID for rosacea?
In principle, RETINAID is well tolerated. However, since rosacea can have a very individual expression, we always recommend a slow approach and acclimatization with observation for tolerance. You should reduce other active ingredients in the meantime.

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I use RETINAID Forte alternating with the Face Serum (finally it's back!). For me, the perfect combo in the evening, then - indispensable for me - the wonderful RE:STORE.

2 months ago

You have to use it regularly to get an effect, but with time you are rewarded with an even skin formation. Have tolerated it from the beginning super.

2 months ago
Daniela S.

Use Retinaid Forte . Intelligent and carefully formulated retinoid care, for me absolutely state of the art. More "Wumms" it needs for me not at all. The skin becomes more beautiful with time, for me it works very well.

3 months ago

Best product from Highdroxy for me, will now venture to the Forte .

6 months ago
Pia E.
Definitely makes a difference! I don't get on with retinol, it dries my skin out a lot. But with Retinaid it looks much better after a few days of use! I use it together with Infuse and so far no other product has managed to do that....
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8 months ago
Christine S.

Will be reordered again and again

9 months ago

Super well tolerated, even with couperose!

10 months ago

I tolerate it very well, even with daily use. Conjures up beautiful skin!

12 months ago
Rebekka O.

The care works, has the desired effect, is easy to apply.

1 year ago

I must never run out of that again!

1 year ago
Natasha K.

Pleasant to apply, no skin irritation, top!

2 years ago
Miriam P.

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

2 years ago
Elke G.

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

2 years ago
Gabriele H.
I took retinol for 6 weeks before Retinaid , it was a bit irritating, but I could already see some 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 the skin is radiant. ...
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2 years ago
Dzenana E.
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....
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2 years ago
J. Hammerschmidt

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

2 years ago
M. Masser

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.

3 years ago
Catherine V.

Excellent well-known product

3 years ago
P. Anthes

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

3 years ago
A. Seidl

No problems so far, but I don't use it every day yet. Skin feeling good so far... You also need more time to form a judgement.

3 years ago


We recommend all retinol newbies to start with RETINAID and to switch to the FORTE version from the 2nd bottle on. Those who are already used to retinol products or have robust, insensitive skin can also start directly with RETINAID FORTE . In general, retinol (or the retinaldehyde contained in RETINAID ) needs 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 learn useful tips for a gentle acclimatization. 



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 therefore has a decisive advantage over conventional retinol or its precursors: it is converted directly and virtually loss-free in the skin to the highly effective retinoic acid. 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. Therefore, RETINAID can even be used during the day (which leads to extensive loss of effect with conventional retinol products).

Extracted from the seeds and leaves of the Indian babchi plant, this active ingredient is also known as the "best alternative to retinol". Not without reason: although chemically unrelated to retinol, bakuchiol works in an almost identical way - but without stressing the skin.But bakuchiol is more than a mild, herbal retinol alternative: studies also show that bakuchiol actually enhances the effect of retinoic acid, but not its irritant potential. In addition, bakuchiol 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 similar in structure to the lipid barrier in the stratum corneum due to their multilamellar membrane system. This mix restores the skin's barrier function and thus strengthens its own 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 well complemented by the active ingredients niacinamide, vitamin C and mild fruit acids. We recommend using these active ingredients only after successful familiarisation and not applying 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.

Suitable products for your retinol sandwich

Have you heard about the beauty trend "retinol sandwich"? With this method, the retinol product is embedded between two layers of moisture. This allows the skin to better absorb the valuable active ingredient. At the same time, irritations are minimized. Our tip: After gentle facial cleansing and soothing CALM ESSENCE , start with a thin layer of RE:STORE (Ageless or - richer - Comfort). Then apply RETINAID (the Forte version is for advanced users). Finally, treat your skin with another layer of RE:STORE AGELESS COMFORT. This arrangement embeds the retinol and makes it particularly well tolerated, for example for sensitive skin.


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