The Corrector V2 vs. Retinol Treatment: Which is Best for You?


Not sure what the difference between our Retinol Treatment and The Corrector V2 is? We have you covered. While both are potent anti-aging products and can be used together, they target different visible signs of aging.

The Corrector V2

What does it do?

The Corrector V2 is Dr. Rivers treatment serum to help fight hyperpigmentation, dark spots and uneven skin tone. It also helps prevent future dark spots.

How does it work?

The Corrector V2 works by interrupting a process called melanogenesis. In this process, specialized cells called melanocytes create a protein called tyrosinase which is oxidized and converted to melanin, a group of natural pigments found in most organisms. Melanin is responsible for variations in skin tone including hyperpigmentation. 

Hyperpigmentation happens because of over-stimulation of the melanocytes. Over-stimulation leads to over-production of melanin, causing an overflow into the lower levels of the skin. The result is dark patches of skin. The Corrector V2's main ingredients, tranexamic acid, niacinamide and kojic acid interrupt the melanogenesis process at different steps, preventing hyperpigmentation. Kojic acid also gently exfoliates the skin and helps uncover evenly-toned skin faster.

Retinol Treatment

What does it do?

The Retinol Treatment mainly targets wrinkle formation by developing collagen in the dermis. The treatment does also affect existing dark spots through accelerating cell turnover, but does not prevent the formation of new hyperpigmentation.

How does it work?

In the epidermis, the top layer of the skin, retinol triggers the skin cells to turnover at a faster rate, new cells are generated and old, dull ones are shed. This is helpful for treating any existing hyperpigmentation by removing old, pigmented cells.

In the dermis, the middle layer of the skin, retinol penetrates to signal heightened production of collagen and elastin. This layer thickens with consistent retinol use, reducing the look of wrinkles.

Retinol vs. The Corrector V2 for Rosacea

Suffer from rosacea-prone skin? The Corrector V2 can help by working its magic through a couple of different ingredients, including its many antioxidants. Tranexamic acid works by preventing blood clots from breaking down too quickly and by regulating the immune response as well as the formation of new blood vessels. Another ingredient in The Corrector V2 that can help bring down the redness is niacinamide. It’s also known to bring down inflammation while helping improve the barrier function.

As for retinol, though it may help reduce the appearance of rosacea pustules (pus-filled or red bumps), it also has the unfortunate potential to make skin redness look even worse. If you’re considering the use of retinol in treating rosacea, it’s a good idea to check with your dermatologist to see if it’s safe for you to use.

Retinol vs. Corrector V2 for Acne

The antioxidants in The Corrector V2 help minimize the effects of acne breakouts, while the tranexamic acid works to diminish the appearance of unsightly acne scars caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation to help even out the skin tone. The Corrector V2’s niacinamide also helps by reducing swelling and redness, plus it regulates the amount of acne-causing oil being produced by your glands.

Retinol on the other hand, is a well-known ingredient to help treat mild to moderate forms of acne by helping unclog pores caused by over-production oil glands. The important thing to remember when using retinol to treat acne, however, is that it’s common to see the condition get worse before it gets better. Luckily, The Retinol Treatment has been specially formulated with a unique hydrating complex to help combat excess irritation.


All in all, if you are looking to treat existing dark spots and prevent more/new pigmentation, The Corrector V2 is the product for you. The Retinol Treatment targets wrinkles and existing hyperpigmentation. Both were developed by Dr. Rivers specifically for sensitive skin. Whether you choose the Corrector V2 or the Retinol Treatment, you're in good hands. As always, if you suffer from any pre-existing skin condition, it’s always a good idea to speak to a dermatologist before introducing something new into your skincare routine.

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