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Ingredient Expert: Retinoids - 5-Hour Online Course

Ingredient Expert: Retinoids - 5-Hour Online Course

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*This online course is open to EVERYONE - medical professionals, licensed skincare professionals & non-skincare professionals*


Course length: 5 hours

The Royal Family
of Skincare

Retinoids typed on a royal trophy

Retinoids are not only known as the most powerful and effective ingredient for treating acne and signs of aging, they are also the most researched and scientifically proven ingredients to do so.

Then why are they the most misunderstood & misused ingredient for both skincare professionals & non-skincare professionals?

The answer: a lack of proper education
(it’s not your fault)

I am here to bridge this educational gap to help you become a retinoid ingredient expert and help you maximize retinoid use and its benefits.

Welcome to the most in-depth course
on retinoids available!


Check out the amazing
5-Star Reviews below

What are Retinoids?

Adapalene vs tretinoin vs retinol vs retinaldehyde

Retinoids are the #1 FDA-approved anti-aging & anti-acne ingredient on the market, known for being incredibly effective to slow down & prevent the signs of aging and treat and prevent acne.

Some of their benefits include:

  • Reduces fine lines & wrinkles:
    ↑ collagen production
  • Treats & prevents acne:
    ↑ cell turn-over, ↓ sebum production
  • Improves skin texture:
    ↑ cell turn-over
  • Fades acne scars:
    ↑ collagen production
  • Reduces hyperpigmentation:
    ↓ melanin production
  • Produces healthy, glowing skin (aka the "retinol glow"):
    ↑ cell turn-over, ↑ blood-flow

There are numerous types of retinoids:

- tretinoin

- retinol

- retinaldehyde (retinal)

- retinyl esters

- retinoic acid esters

- adapalene

- tazarotene

- and many more

Each having different characteristics, indications, pros, cons, and concentrations, etc.

No wonder they get confusing.

Become a
Retinoid Expert!

Adapalene online course on a laptop

You won’t just learn how to properly use retinoids – you’ll also learn WHY & HOW they work

As a skincare professional, you want to feel confident when speaking to clients about retinoids. Unless you have in-depth knowledge on the topic, you won’t be able to offer clients expert advice and recommend and apply the proper treatments.

You will learn the science of HOW retinoids achieve all their benefits in the skin on a molecular level.

Taking this course will equip you with all the necessary education & knowledge to confidently answer any questions your clients may have and provide them with the right treatments & proper products.

In addition, non-skincare professionals that are eager to learn how to prevent signs of aging and achieve youthful, glowing skin can take this course to learn which retinoid will work best on their skin, as well as how to properly use them.

This is a course for anyone who loves healthy, glowing, youthful skin!

So, whether you’re a skincare professional who wants to become an expert and master the ingredient, or someone interested to learn how to correctly use retinoids on yourself, this course can benefit you massively.


Image of the Retinoids Family tree on a laptop on a desk

Course length: 5 hours

This course is incredibly in-depth and is the ONLY one available that will cover the science behind retinoids, all the different types of retinoids available, their differences and specific characteristics, which is best for each specific skin concern & skin type, and how to correctly incorporate them into your daily routine for maximum benefit.

Our Retinoid
Course Includes:

  • The different types of retinoids
    Each with varying degrees of strength, effectiveness, and side effects. These include tretinoin (retinoic acid), retinaldehyde (retinal), retinol, retinyl esters, retinoic acid esters, tazarotene, adapalene, & trifarotene. 
  • The science
    How retinoids function in the skin to achieve all their benefits.
  • The proper way to introduce them into your skincare routine
    Retinoids can be very irritating to the skin and can cause damage if not used properly. This course covers the correct way for anyone wanting to start using retinoids, how to slowly build up a tolerance and increase their use.
  • How to minimize the 'retinoids uglies'
    Ways to minimize the "retinoid uglies" side effects during the retinization period.
  • Retinoids & aesthetic treatments
    How to properly combine retinoids with different aesthetic treatments.
  • Various learning styles 
    Designed to cater to various learning styles, whether you learn best by visual images, reading text, or by listening to the narrated videos of the material.
  • Designed for all experience levels
    The course is designed to accommodate both beginners with no prior knowledge of retinoids as well as seasoned skincare professionals seeking a refresher course or more in-depth understanding. The learning material is presented in an easy-to-understand way, making it beneficial for professionals at any experience level.
  • Unbiased education 
    You will learn the foundation & science of each retinoid that you can apply to any product or brand you use. You won't be tied down to only learning about a specific brand & won't be pressured to buy a specific brand. 
  • Lifetime access to the course
    There is also lifetime access so you can come back to review the material when needed.
  • Self-paced & flexible
    The course is online & self-paced. You can start the course when you like and finish at your own pace. You can pause to take notes, re-listen to a lesson, and start, stop, & resume whenever you want. This is great for busy schedules.


  • Lesson 1: What Are Retinoids?
  • Lesson 2: Anatomy: The Epidermis
  • Lesson 3: Anatomy: The Skin Barrier
  • Lesson 4: Anatomy: The Dermis
  • Lesson 5: How Do Retinoids Work?
  • Lesson 6: Retinoid Characteristics
  • Lesson 7: Types of Retinoids
  • Lesson 8: Retinoid Uglies: Retinization
  • Lesson 9: Retinoids & The Skin Barrier
  • Lesson 10: Minimize 'Retinization'
  • Lesson 11: A Retinoid Burn
  • Lesson 12: Retinoid Uglies: "The Purge"
  • Lesson 13: Minimize "The Purge"
  • Lesson 14: Retinoids & Darker Skin Tones
  • Lesson 15: Starting Retinoids
  • Lesson 16: Post-Retinization
  • Lesson 17: With Aesthetic Treatments
  • Lesson 18: Myths & Common Questions
  • Lesson 19: Recap

Receive a Certificate of Completion

Retinoids Course Certificate of Completion

Disclaimer:  The information provided in our online courses is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice or medical treatment. We do not guarantee any specific results or outcomes from the use of our courses, and we are not responsible for any injury, harm, or damages that may result from the use of our courses. The information in our courses should not be used as a substitute for professional advice or medical treatment. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are working within your scope of practice and have the proper insurance before performing any procedures. By purchasing and using our courses, you acknowledge that you have read and understand this disclaimer, as well as the Terms of Service, and agree to release us from any liability or claims arising from your use of our courses.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
Kimblyn Gilyard, RN, LE, TX

Great and informative class! I recommend to all skincare professionals. Well researched !


Excellent course 100% recommended

Jennifer Shade, FNP-C, AZ

Jen's retinoid class helped me become more comfortable with recommending and prescribing retinoids to my patients. It was clear and concise without being overwhelming. I highly recommend!

Rhonda Guilbeaux, RN, KY

Excellent course. It exceeded my expectations. Phenomenal teacher!

Lynnette Garman, NP, AZ

This is a very educational course! This course was very comprehensive and I am so glad I took it. I absolutely recommend it to practice providers who are considering initiating topical retinoid treatment!

Athina Saoulis, NY


Zoriana Kobrin, Esthetician, OH

Thank you very much for the course. You are a great teacher. The presentation of information is just great. Thank you and I wish you success.

My Pham, Esthetician, TX

This is my second course. They’re both very informative and interesting to learn. Like Jen’s promise when she said “bridge the educational gap to help everyone become an expert”, I have gained confidence when talking to clients and got trusted from them. I am so happy that I can help myself and everyone to have a better appearance. I am looking forward to take another course when I finish with this. Thanks Jen.