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All You Need To Know About Using Retinol with Face Oil!

Many of you have queries about how to use face oil with retinol. Therefore, in this article, we have taken a deep dive into it. We will be covering everything!

First of all, using face oil with retinol is not ideal. Because it can create problems if your skin is sensitive or suffering any irritation, itchiness, etc. But if you are still using it, we have answered ways you can use retinol with face oils (without causing your skin to irritate).

How to use face oil with retinol?

Remember, always apply face oil after using retinol. If you are using face oils with retinol, you must follow the correct order to get the maximum benefits to your skin and avoid any irritations. Therefore, you can follow these steps :

  • Begin with a clean face: Before applying any skincare products, make sure that you thoroughly cleanse your face. It will help remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your skin.
  • After cleansing, apply your retinol product. Follow the directions on your retinol product and only use the recommended amount.
  • Wait for the retinol to absorb: Retinol can take some time to absorb into your skin, so wait at least 10-15 minutes before applying any other products.
  • Apply your face oil: After the retinol is absorbed, apply your face oil. Use a small amount and gently massage it into your skin.
  • Use a moisturizer (optional): If you have dry skin, apply a moisturizer.


It’s also important to note that if you have sensitive skin, you may want to start using the retinol product every other day or every few days to avoid any potential irritation. Also, if you experience redness, itching, or peeling, stop using the retinol and consult a dermatologist.

How long after retinol can I apply face oil?

There is always a concern about how much time we give to retinol before you can apply face oil to the skin. Well, As we know, retinol improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone. But it can cause irritation and dryness. 

To avoid irritation, you should wait at least 20-30 minutes after applying retinol before any skincare products, including face oils.

That will give your skin enough time to fully absorb the retinol and prevent potential interactions with other ingredients.

Once you have waited 20-30 minutes, you may apply your face oil as usual. 

Which oil is best with retinol?

When using the best oil with retinol, you must be sure it is non-comedogenic. The best face oils that you can use with retinol are :

  1. Squalene oil: This oil is derived from olives and is similar in structure to the natural oils in our skin. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and won’t clog pores.
  2. Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is also similar in structure to our skin’s natural oils and is known for its moisturizing properties. It’s also non-comedogenic, making it a good option for acne-prone skin.
  3. Rosehip oil: Rosehip oil is high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, making it a good choice for those with mature or dry skin. It’s also non-comedogenic, making it a good option for all skin types.
  4. Grapeseed oil is lightweight and non-greasy, making it a good option for those with oily or acne-prone skin. It’s also high in linoleic acid, which can help to balance the skin’s natural oils.
  5. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, making it a good choice for those with dry or mature skin.

So, these are some suggested oils that you can use for retinol. But always remember that it is essential for retinol to absorb for about 20-30 minutes.

how to use face oil with retinol

How often should I use a facial oil with retinol?

The frequency of using a facial oil with retinol depends on the product and your skin type. Retinol is a powerful ingredient that can improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and boost collagen production. However, it can also irritate the skin if used too frequently or in high concentrations.

In general, you should start using a retinol product once or twice a week and gradually increase frequency over time as your skin adjusts. You should also pay attention to any signs of irritation, such as redness or peeling. Try your use accordingly. 

Some people may find that using a retinol product every other day or even daily is suitable for their skin, while others may only be able to use it once a week.

When using a facial oil with retinol, apply it to clean, dry skin and follow up with a moisturizer to help minimize potential irritation. It’s also essential to use sunscreen daily, as retinol can increase sun sensitivity and the risk of sunburn. 

Overall, the right frequency for using a retinol facial oil may require trial and error, so it’s best to start slowly and pay attention to how your skin reacts.

Can you layer retinol and oil?

Yes, you can layer retinol and oil, but use them in the correct order. Generally, it’s necessary to apply retinol products to clean, dry skin before any other products, including oils. That will allow the retinol fully penetrate your skin layers.

After applying your retinol product, you can follow up with your facial oil. Oils can help to lock in moisture and provide additional nourishment for the skin. If you’re using a retinol oil, then you would use that as your retinol product and skip a separate retinol serum or cream.

It’s also important to note that some oils may not be good enough for all skin types. Oily or acne-prone skin may benefit from lightweight, non-comedogenic oils, while dry or mature skin may benefit from more nourishing, heavier oils. 

It’s always best that oil that works well for your skin type and is compatible with your retinol product.


Always do a patch test before using any new product, especially layering multiple products together. That can help you determine any irritation or sensitivity to the product combination.

So, these were some queries specifically about facial oils with retinol. Now, some misconceptions regarding the types of facial oil like coconut oil or vitamin C oils, etc.

Can I put coconut oil on my face after retinol?

The answer to this question is a bit complicated. Yes, you can use coconut oil on your face after applying retinol, but it’s necessary to use it correctly and consider the potential risks. 

Coconut oil has comedogenic nature and can hurt acne-prone skin. If used with retinol, it can make it even worse. Those with sensitive skin can face more severe consequences. 

What oil can I use after retinol?

After using retinol on your skin, you can use non-comedogenic facial oil like 

  • Jojoba oil, 
  • Argan oil.
  • Rosehip oil
  • Squalene oil.

Can you use a face oil and retinol at night?

Yes, you can use retinol and face oil at night. It is advantageous to use it at night because it will help the oil contents to absorb into your skin. But retinol must be applied first, followed by face oil. 


So, these were all the queries that might clear some misconceptions about using retinol with face oils. A comprehensive overview would have given you an idea of how and when to use it and what to avoid using it. We hope that we have answered your queries well. Feel free to comment!

Ammara Haroon
Ammara Haroon
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