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5% Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate

Retinoic Acid Ester


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Product Information

A retinoic acid ester, formulated with a potent tyrosinase inhibitor for a gentle yet effective next generation techonology vitamin A product that manages breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, textural irregularities and dark marks.

The Mix Of Ingredients

Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, C14-22 Alcohols & C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Pterocarpus Marsupium Bark Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, 4-Butylresorcinol, Isohexadecane, Hydroxymethoxyphenyl Decanone, Phenoxyethanol, EthylHexylGlycerin, Tetrasodium EDTA.

SKIN functional strives to continuously bring you the best product and therefore there may be formulation updates which may result in the ingredient list on the website and carton differing.

Key ingredient

  • Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate
    A retinoic acid ester which binds directly to retinoid receptors in the skin. Manages breakouts, increases collagen production and reduces dark marks.
  • 4-Butylresorcinol
    A potent tyrosinase inhibitor clinically proven to be more effective than hydroquinone. Reduces the appearance of age spots and dark spots due to sun induced or hormonal pigmentation.
  • Licorice Root Extract
    Soothing anti-inflammatory benefits while reducing redness. Protects the skin from oxidative stress. Prevents melanin production and brightens the appearance of dark marks.

Good To Know

  • pH 5,6 – 6,0.
  • Water based serum.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Silicone free.
  • Alcohol free.
  • Cruelty free.
  • Allergy and Toxicologically tested.
  • Lovingly created in South Africa.

Best Way To Use

Slowly introduce into an evening routine, starting with application three times a week and gradually increase application frequency. Apply two to three drops in the evening to face, neck and décolletage. Do not use with other retinoid products.

Suitable Skin Types

  • Combination
  • Oily

Say Goodbye To

  • Dullness / poor complexion
  • Textural irregularities
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Fine lines and wrinkles

For Your Safety

  • Patch test before use.
  • Keep away from children.
  • Store at room temperature.
  • Do not use on broken skin.
  • Use sunscreen every morning.
  • If irritation occurs, stop use. If problem persists, see a doctor.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Not suitable for use if pregnant or breastfeeding.


  1. L Kolbe  1 , T MannW GerwatJ BatzerS AhlheitC SchernerH WenckF Stäb. 4-n-butylresorcinol, a highly effective tyrosinase inhibitor for the topical treatment of hyperpigmentation. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Jan;27 Suppl 1:19-23.
  2. Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia, 2016/03, Efficacy and safety of a 12-month treatment with a combination of hydroxypinacolone retinoate and retinol glycospheres as maintenance therapy in acne patients after oral isotretinoin.
  3. Ruth, N., and T. Mammone. “1310 Anti-aging effects of retinoid hydroxypinacolone retinoate on skin models.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology 138.5 (2018): S223.
CPNP Certified The Cosmetics Notification Portal (CPNP) is an online notification system created for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, 1223/2009 on cosmetic products. The certification of our products includes: Microbiological, Physico-Chemical, Dermatological tests, CPSR – Cosmetic Product Safety Report. Packaging migration studies in the product, Stability studies, PIF documents.


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