Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane


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CLAIM TO FAME: A high-strength, low-irritation, water-free solution containing super-lightweight anti-aging Granactive Retinoid

FAST FACTS: Contains a 5% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex; offers a multi-fold better effect against multiple signs of aging without any of the irritation common with retinol use; vegan formula and cruelty-free and doesn’t contain water, alcohol, silicone, nut, gluten, and soy

PERFECT FOR: Smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin

November 19, 2017
”This thing is pure gold. It’s a very runny oil that leaves a dry greasy feeling on my skin that I actually enjoy. I broke out at first with this product but it was actually purgeing (that’s what my skin does with any vitamin A derivative) but after that I can see my skin getting better night by night. That is one of my favourite product from this brand.”
–GC (from theordinary.com)

WHAT YOU GET: (1) Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane
INGREDIENTS: Squalane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil

The Ordinary’s formulations are updated from time to time as part of a commitment to innovation. As such, the ingredient list shown here may vary from the box of the product depending on time and region of purchase.

Apply a small amount to face in the PM as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments. Avoid unprotected solar exposure. Store in a cool, dry place.

Caution: Retinoids can make the skin more sensitive to UV radiation. Sun protection is particularly important when using retinoids. This product must not be used in conjunction with other retinoids, including retinol or retinoic acid. This product is not a treatment for acne. Acne-prone skin may experience a temporary increase in acne during the first few weeks of using any form of retinoid including those used in this formulation.

Note: When pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended to avoid any skincare products containing retinoids, such as formulations with Granactive Retinoid or Retinol.

The Ordinary

“Clinical formulations with integrity”—that’s what The Ordinary is about. Created to celebrate truth, veracity, and reliability, the beauty company is focused on advanced functional beauty while honestly communicating its products to its consumers. The end goal? Bringing to market effective, well-known technologies at reasonable prices. As part of DECIEM’s brands, The Ordinary is also free of Parabens, Sulphates, Mineral Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Animal Oils, Benzalkonium Chloride, Coal Tar Dyes, Formaldehyde, Mercury, and Oxybenzone and does not test on animals. All you need is to try out one of their bestselling products, extremely affordable and effective skincare products and you’ll realize what makes The Ordinary, extraordinary.

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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Combination
  • Skin Tone Fair

The Ordinary.

I alternate use of this one with the Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C in the AM and Retinoid in the PM. Skin feels energized and smooth after using this. Price is reasonable and I will buy it again. I’ll try the other products from The Ordinary and include it in my skin care steps.

3 months ago
Top Reviewer
  • Skin Type Normal
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Facial Features Morena
  • Age 23


The product feels like a light oil when applied. I use it after cleansing my face, and then follow it with a heavier moisturizer. It's really gentle - I also use prescription-strength tretinoin and I peel a lot when I'm on tretinoin whereas this doesn't make me peel at all. I experienced no purging. I don't see any immediate results with this product but that's not what I expect from a retinol product anyway. This is my second time purchasing this product.

7 months ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Facial Features Chinita
  • Age 41

five stars all the way!

I am a The Ordinary products junkie. I am one of those who have painstakingly created a personal matrix of TO products with guide as to when to use and how to layer. Admittedly, I am very hesitant to use this as I have sad experiences with retinols in the past. But convinced with raving reviews online (both here and at the Deciem website), I finally bought one and used it twice a week during nighttime. It is a very effective product indeed! It did not irritate my skin - no sting and redness at all. Only clear and radiant skin after one month of use. Now, I am regretting that I belatedly introduced this product to my TO nighttime regimen. Will definitely buy again. Thank you TO for making price-worthy and highly-effective products for beautyholics like me.

11 months ago
Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 26


I'm pretty happy with my skin prior to using this but was looking for something that would make me stop my derma visit every 2 weeks for comedone extraction. Trust and believe girl this makes all the white and blackheads disappear in just a few night of use. It helps a lot in loosening up all those gunk, making it easier for your exfoliants to remove them. Made my skin smooth, radiant, and overall amazing!!! P.S. I can now go bare face because of this product. Just sunblock and some moisturizer and I'm good to go!

about 1 year ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Dry
  • Skin Tone Fair
  • Age 22

Confusing label but works!

The label says 5% retinoid but if you read the description on bottle closely it says 0.5% so i was kinda hesitant to buy it but i bought it anyways and it worked wonders on my acne scars. My face was full of deep pitted scars due to bad acne (even though i never popped my pimples) and this product helped improve them a lot after only about 2 months (I only use it twice a week because i have dry, sensitive skin) My friends also noticed that most of my scars have flattened already. I highly recommend this product, just remember to patch test first to check for any irritation or adverse reaction because it is very potent and use sun screen during the day to prevent sunburn.

over 1 year ago
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Certified Buyer
  • Skin Type Oily
  • Skin Tone Medium
  • Age 32

So far sooooooo goooood

I notice a slight improvement already after only 4 uses. I don't use this every night since I alternate it with my AHA toner and physical exfoliation. I think the combination of those three works very well. I felt like I needed to step up my exfoliation game with my oily skin and congested pores and the addition of this product made a huge difference. Cystic hormonal acne calms down faster and this also eliminates the hyper in my hyperpigmentation. I'm hopeful for better results with long-term use.

almost 2 years ago
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