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


Not sure what the difference between our Retinol Treatment and The Corrector 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

What does it do?

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

How does it work?

The Corrector 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's main ingredients, tranexamic acid, niacinamide and tetrapeptide-30 interrupt the melanogenesis process at different steps, preventing hyperpigmentation.

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.


If you are looking to treat existing dark spots and prevent more/new pigmentation, The Corrector 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 or the Retinol Treatment, you're in good hands.

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