It’s no secret that retinol is considered the gold standard when it comes to truly effective and transformational skin care ingredients. If you’ve ever spoken to a dermatologist, read a handful of skin care articles or flipped through the pages of a magazine, then you know that the vitamin A derivative is the answer to many, many skin care woes. Got acne? Retinol. Starting to see fine lines? Retinol. Dark spots? We don’t need to say it.