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The Ordinary.

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%)

$9.80

What It Is

Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%) is a water-based serum with two next-generation retinoids.

Please note that the existing packaging for Advanced Retinoid 2% will continue to be in rotation as the new packaging updates are underway. The formula remains the same - offering an emulsion of 2% in the same advanced retinoid complex.

What It Does

This treatment visibly reduces the signs of aging without irritation. It diminishes the look of wrinkles and fine lines, brightens dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and smooths and refines the skin’s texture.

Key Ingredients
  • Solubilized Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate: an advanced retinoid that delivers better anti-aging results with less irritation than other non-prescription retinoids
  • Retinol: pure retinol in a protective capsule system for sustained delivery over time
How to Use

Apply Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to clean, dry skin before any other products at night. Allow a few minutes for it to absorb.

Do not use this serum with other products containing retinoids, such as retinol and retinoic acid.

Retinoids can make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation. We recommend wearing sunscreen during the day.

Other Details
  • Size: 30 ml
  • pH: 5-6
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Silicone-free

Frequently Asked Questions


Is Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion stronger than The Ordinary Retinol 1%?

While both products are effective retinoid treatments, the formulas contain different retinoid molecules that are not comparable in terms of potency. Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion contains two advanced retinoids that have been shown to reduce the signs of aging without irritation.

I’m pregnant or breastfeeding. Is Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion safe for me?

Products with retinoids are not recommended for use while pregnant or breastfeeding.

How often can I use Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion?

Apply it once a day at night. If your skin is sensitive or you are new to retinoids, you can start by applying it 1-2 times per week to avoid irritation.

Can I mix or layer Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion with other products?

This product should be applied to clean skin before any other products. Do not mix it with other products. Do not use it at the same time as other retinoids (like retinol and retinoic acid). Also, we recommend proceeding with caution if you choose to use it with products containing vitamin C or alpha hydroxy acids, as this can cause irritation. You may want to alternate these products every other day.

How do I add Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to my skin care routine?

ApplyGranactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to clean, dry skin before any other products at night. Allow a few minutes for it to absorb before continuing with your routine.