Whether we like it or not, there’s not one product that can solve all of your skin’s concerns. Chances are, you have different bottles and jars just to keep your skin happy and healthy. But picking the right formula for your skin type and issues is just one part of the equation. You also need to make sure that the products you use work well together.
The truth is not all skin actives play well with each other. Sometimes, this means they cancel each other out so you don’t get the results you need or expect. Other times, it means your skin can get irritated because of certain ingredient combinations.
Skincare cocktails can be tricky but we’re here to help you out. Here are certain skincare ingredients you shouldn’t mix together or layer on your skin:
Retinol and Vitamin C
Retinol together with vitamin C is a disaster waiting to happen for your skin. When used in one sitting, your skin can get irritated, become red, and peel. It can also increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun.
If you must include both in your skincare regimen, use retinol and night and vitamin C by day.
AHAs/BHAs and Vitamin C
Used separately, these acids can do wonders for rough, dry, and uneven skin. However, mixing them together destabilizes the pH balance of each ingredient and makes it completely useless for your skin.
Retinol and AHAs/BHAs
Retinol is an excellent peeling agent that stimulates cellular turnover, Meanwhile, AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliants that decongest the skin and reveals healthier skin cells.
However, you shouldn’t use them together or your skin can get extremely dry and irritated. Using them together can also damage your skin’s moisture barrier.
Retinol and Benzoyl Peroxide
These two ingredients work excellently for clearing acne and preventing future breakouts. They are both potent products but benzoyl peroxide can make topical retinol inactive.
Avoid layering these two products. Instead, use them separately. Benzoyl peroxide should be used in the morning while retinol should be used at night.
Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid
Used separately, these are excellent chemical exfoliants. Glycolic acid breaks down dead skin cells on the surface while salicylic acid penetrates deeper and removes pore-clogging sebum and debris.
However, if you want to have healthy skin, more isn’t always better. Avoid mixing these two in one application to prevent stripping and over-exfoliating your skin.