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You may have heard a great deal about retinol, especially since this buzz-worthy ingredient has been lauded as a skincare miracle worker that can help improve uneven skin tone and alleviate the appearance of fine lines. Believe us, the rumors are true. Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Lisa Rhodes, confirmed for us that these products can promote new cell turnover and increase collagen levels in the skin.

“A form of vitamin A, retinols and retinoids increase cell turnover, unclog pores, stimulate collagen and even out skin pigment,” says Dr. Rhodes.

Amazing skin benefits aside, it’s important to use retinol-infused products with caution as Dr. Rhodes says some people can be easily irritated by them. She recommends using pea-sized amount of your product on dry skin every other night for best results.

For more on the miracle ingredient, here are are 15 helpful tips and five product picks you’ll immediately want to add to your arsenal.