Updated: Aug 27
Active ingredients are the key components of any medications or skincare product that provide therapeutic benefits. While these ingredients can work wonders when used alone, they can have harmful interactions when mixed together. In this blog post, we'll explore the skincare active ingredients that you should never mix them together.
DON'T MIX THESE SKINCARE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
Here are 5 skincare active ingredients that you should never mix together:
#1 RETINOL + VITAMIN C
Retinol and Vitamin C are very strong active ingredients. When mix together will cause skin’s irritation, peeling and redness.
You could incorporate Vitamin C in morning routine, follow by sunscreen and Retinol at night. Otherwise, alternate use of acids in 1 night and Retinol in another night
#2 RETINOL + BENZOYL PEROXIDE (BPO)
Retinol and BPO cancel out each other effectiveness when pairing together.
#3 RETINOL + AHA
Both Retinol and AHA help exfoliate away dead skin on the surface, which contributes to irritation and dryness overall.
You could alternate to use retinol one 1 night and AHA on another night to fully obtain the benefits of both actives.
#4 VITAMIN C + BPO
BPO cancels out the effectiveness of vitamin C by oxidizing it.
#5 RETINOL + SALICYLIC ACID (BHA)
Retinol is a peeling agent that stimulate cell turnover, remove dead and damaged skin cells.
Pairing it with acids will cause damage to skin’s moisture barrier, causing dryness and irritation.