Derm DMs: Can You Use a Chemical Exfoliator If You’re Using a Retinol?


Derm DMs: Can You Use a Chemical Exfoliator If You’re Using a Retinol?

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Skincare ingredients you should never mix together

Derm DMs: Can You Use a Chemical Exfoliator If You’re Using a Retinol?

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  • With beauty brands offering more potent ingredients in skincare than ever before, we’re all becoming our own at-home beauty mixologists.

    But, without a chemistry degree or dermatologist-approved skincare routine, do you really know what skincare ingredients you should never mix together? From acids to retinols, here’s what you should never mix and match…

    Vitamin C + Acids

    Vitamin C is amazing at brightening areas of pigmentation, stimulating collagen and protecting against environmental factors, pollution.

    But, Vitamin C is an extremely unstable antioxidant – meaning you have to be careful what you use it with.

    Alpha Hydroxy Acids (such as glycolic and lactic acid – both found in chemical exfoliants and peels) and salicylic acid (in spot treatments) are too strong for Vitamin C to take – meaning they’ll change the pH and basically render it useless.

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    Exfoliators + Skin Brightening Treatments

    Whether it’s a toning lotion or grainy scrub, exfoliators work by encouraging dry and dead skin cells to be removed – so that your brand new, baby soft skin can shine through.

    Thing is, ‘brightening’ products often contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which encourage skin cells to peel and therefore do pretty much the same thing! This double dose of exfoliation can lead to your skin becoming sensitive and super dry.

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    Retinol + Acne Treatments

    Retinols are designed to speed up cell turnover and smooth the appearance of skin and fine lines. Because of this, they can often result in slight skin peeling from all the exfoliation.

    Pair this with a pure acne treatment ( salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide) that are designed to slough away skin cells and dry up blemishes, and you’re in for a case of extreme dryness, redness and irritation.

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    Retinol + Alpha Hydroxy Acids + The Sun!

    Using retinol and AHAs together is another recipe for redness and irritation. Both increase photosensitivity in the skin – meaning you’re at a much higher risk of burning, even in cloudy weather! If you’re using any kind of retinol or skin brightening AHA make sure you’re wearing a daily SPF 50, and use them in the evening to further lessen the risk of UV damage.

    Retinol or AHAs + Hyaluronic Acid

    When using a retinol, AHA or other exfoliating product, it’s important to replenish hydration back into the skin. Hyaluronic Acids are light enough for retinol to still penetrate through, yet give your skin an instant hit of moisture and help with irritation.

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    Vitamin C + Vitamin E

    Up your dose of daily vitamins by using C + E together in your skincare. Together, they work to penetrate into different levels of the skin, reducing the appearance of acne scars, hyperpigmentation and protecting the skin from environmental factors.

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    5 Methods to remember when mixing skincare ingredients

    1. Always apply retinol at night, and use an SPF in the day!
    2. Lock your skincare serums in with a moisturiser, don’t moisturise first as some serums can’t penetrate through!
    3. Hyaluronic Acid is everyone’s hydrating best friend
    4. Only use one exfoliating treatment at a time
    5. If your skin stings, feels tight or looks very red – take a few days off!


    Retinol Skincare Guide

    Derm DMs: Can You Use a Chemical Exfoliator If You’re Using a Retinol?

    History of Retinoids

    As a follow-up to Vitamin A studies in the 1960s, the dermatologic scientific community focused on Vitamin A’s effect on epithelial cell integrity. The “retinoid project” led to the development of Retin-A (a brand name for tretinoin).

    Once it was proven that topical retinoids improve signs of photoaging by modifying cellular differentiation programs, the development, effectiveness, and impact of tretinoin was widely studied and became available for topical use in the 1980s. Since then, thousands of products have some form of retinol in them to treat acne, aging, and hyperpigmentation.

    If you’re currently using a retinol product or would to begin using one, bookmark this retinol skincare guide to ensure that you use it correctly.

    How Does Retinol Work?

    According to the Mayo Clinic, “Retinol is a vitamin A compound, the first antioxidant to be widely used in non-prescription wrinkle creams.

    Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals — unstable oxygen molecules that break down skin cells and cause wrinkles.

    ” Vitamin A-based retinoids return the cell turnover process to normal—a process that slows with age—facilitating the appearance of smooth, clear, radiant, even-toned skin. 

    Retinols have become commonplace in today’s skincare market, making these products available both by prescription and over the counter. If you’re using a product that claims to help with acne, aging, fine lines, or hyperpigmentation, check the label for one of these following retinoid ingredients: Retinol, vitamin A, retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, all-trans retinoic acid, tretinoin.

    Retinol Skincare Guide: Combining Retinol with Other Products

    While various retinol derivatives have been developed to counteract retinol irritation, the best way to achieve the benefits of using retinol is to use it correctly in combination with other products that are ideal for your skin condition and avoid irritation. Excessive redness, inflammation, and dryness after the introductory phase is a hint that something isn’t right.

    Retinol + Vitamin C

    Multiple studies show that repeated topical application of both retinol and vitamin C can reverse, at least in part, skin changes induced by chronological and photoaging.

    Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, protects skin from sun damage, when used in combination with retinol and sunscreen, gives skin an extra layer of protection and repairing power. In some cases, the use of these products together can cause redness or irritation.

    You can certainly try them together, but if you experience excessive redness or discomfort, stop using the Vitamin C immediately and ask your skincare professional. 

    Retinol + Hyaluronic Acid

    A hyaluronic hydro booster can provide hydrating and soothing relief from the excessive dryness that some people experience when using retinols.

    If you experience excessive dryness while using retinols, a hyaluronic hydro product can reduce the harsh, drying effects while allowing the retinol do to do its job.

    If you continue to experience significant dryness, check with your skincare professional.

    Using Retinols with Caution

    Retinol is not an exfoliant, but mixing retinol with exfoliants can result in dehydrated skin and harm the protective layer. Be aware of chemical exfoliant ingredients; not all of them have a gritty, easy-to-identify texture. Many chemical exfoliants are acids and can strip or damage your skin. 

    If you’ve just started using retinols and experience prolonged dryness or redness that outlasts the initial tolerance building phase, check your products for these chemical or natural exfoliation ingredients:

    • glycolic acid & lactic acids (AHAs, alpha-hydroxy acids)
    • salicylic acid (BHA, beta-hydroxy acid)
    • papain
    • bromelain
    • sugar
    • oats
    • apple or apple cider vinegar
    • coffee
    • milk
    • citrus
    • baking soda

    If you find these ingredients in your products, reach out to the skincare expert who recommended retinol and ask them if you should discontinue using the exfoliators or using them less frequently. Too many exfoliants + retinol can damage your skin. 

    Retinol + Glycolic Acid

    Studies show that a retinol/glycolic acid combination offers significant improvement in the appearance of photoaged skin compared with retinol alone. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, there is increased efficacy of glycolic acid used with retinol.

    Does this study mean that you should run out and add a glycolic acid to your daily skincare routine? Not so fast! Certain skin types can only tolerate glycolic acids on a weekly or monthly basis.

    Talk to a licensed facial treatment specialist to find out if you’re a candidate for this potent anti-aging combination.

    Retinol + Benzoyl Peroxide 

    Mixing retinols with a benzoyl peroxide product is a big no-no. Although these are often prescribed together for the treatment of severe acne, only use them separately (one at night and one in the morning) and as directed by a physician or skincare professional. 

    If you absolutely love a product and don’t want to give it up while using retinol, the best advice is to stagger the application. Use a retinol at night and use the other products in the morning.

    In all cases, consult a professional to ensure you’re getting the maximum benefits from your products. If you’re preparing for waxing or laser procedures, definitely take a break from retinol prior to getting those treatments.

    Retinoids are not safe to use during pregnancy; discontinue use if you’re trying to become pregnant or are currently pregnant. 


    The Biggest Retinol Myths You Need To Stop Believing

    Derm DMs: Can You Use a Chemical Exfoliator If You’re Using a Retinol?


    Retinol is currently one of the buzziest ingredients in skincare and it looks the trend will continue to grow stronger in the coming years. 

    But with the growing surge in its popularity, there has also been an increase in misinformation that's floating around about the derm-fave ingredient. 

    Here, two leading dermatologists talk about all things retinol to help you sort facts from fiction.

    First of all, what is retinol and how does it work?

    Retinol is a vitamin A molecule that offers a slew of skin benefits including treating acne, improving the signs of aging and repairing sun damage, says Dr. Nancy Samolitis, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of California-based Facile Dermatology Boutique.

    “The molecule penetrates into the cells and stimulates cell turnover.

    When skin cell turnover is maximized, the cells are able to function at their optimal capacity and repair DNA damage caused by the sun and environmental stressors,” explains the dermatologist.

    “This repair and cell normalization, in turn, leads to improvement in signs of aging such as dullness, discoloration, fine lines and uneven texture,” tells Samolitis.

    And now, let's break down some of the biggest myths about retinol and its effects on the skin:

    Myth 1# All retinols are the same. Firstly, retinol and retinoid aren't exactly the same thing. “The term 'retinoid' is an umbrella term used for both synthetic and natural derivatives of retinol,” tells Dr. Kellie Reed, a board-certified dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology, Austin.

    “Typically, retinols found in OTC are weaker as compared to prescription-only retinoids (such as tretinoin),” says the dermatologist. “Topical retinol and retinaldehyde are precursors of retinoic acid—the more potent, prescription-strength version of retinol.

    They need to be first converted into retinoic acid to be able to work on the skin,” she explains. “It can take longer to achieve your goals with OTC retinols since they have to undergo conversion to the active form, but for some, these products are better tolerated and less irritating,” notes Dr. Reed.

    Then there are pro-retinols, the gentlest derivative of retinol. “They cause the least amount of potential skin irritation, but are also the least potent,” tells Dr. Samolitis.

    Myth 2# You shouldn't apply retinol around the eyes. It's totally safe to use retinol around the eyes as long as you do it carefully.”I feel that the eye area can definitely benefit from the collagen-boosting properties of retinol,” says Dr. Samolitis.

    “It is optimal to start by using the retinol product only two to three days per week. Gradually increase the frequency as your skin becomes more tolerant,” she suggests. “Just make sure you apply a generous amount of moisturizing eye cream immediately after retinol.

    And be careful not to use too much product at once or to let it get into the eye,” adds the skincare expert. 

    Myth 3# You shouldn't use retinol during the day. “Many people think that it isn't safe to use retinol during the daytime and this is absolutely not true.

    Retinols themselves are sensitive to sunlight, so if you applied a retinol product and exposed your skin to the sun immediately, the retinol would be less effective, but the increased risk of sunburn is slim to none,” tells Dr. Samolitis.

    “There are also some newer retinol formulations that are not deactivated by sunlight at all,” says Dr. Reed.

    “If you've just started using retinol, your skin will be more sensitive as it adapts to the new retinol product, which can make it more ly to burn as it's adapting. So, don't forget to wear sunscreen before stepping out,” adds the skincare specialist.

    Myth 4# You can't include both retinol and chemical exfoliants in your skincare routine. The skin typically develops a tolerance to retinol over time. “This means that the initial few weeks of exposure may be met with some redness, sensitivity or dryness. But as the skin strengthens, those side effects go away.

    Because chemical exfoliants (AHAs and BHAs) can have the same side effects, it may not be smart to combine them in the beginning, but they can be added into the regimen as the skin gets more tolerant,” says Dr. Samolitis.

    “I recommend using them separately, exfoliator in the morning and retinol at night or using each of them on alternate days,” she adds.

    Myth 5# Retinol makes the skin thinner and that's a bad thing. “People believe retinol thin the skin which is true.

    However, it only thins the topmost layer (stratum corneum) which is made of dead skin cells (also known as keratinocytes),” tells Dr. Reed.

    Besides, “retinol has been scientifically proven to build up and thicken the collagen layer in the dermis, which makes the skin stronger and healthier,” adds Dr. Samolitis.

    Myth 6# You shouldn't use retinol as it causes peeling. “When the skin builds up damage over time, its layers get thicker, contributing to the wrinkly, 'leathery' look of aged skin,” says Dr. Samolitis.

    “Retinol can definitely cause peeling but that's how it helps the skin become dewy and luminous,” she points out. However, it is not ideal if the peeling continues for weeks or months.

    “In that case, the application should be done less frequently or lower potency retinol should be substituted,” she suggests.

    Myth 7# Retinol delivers instant results. On the contrary, “it can take several weeks before you start seeing any significant improvement in skin, especially if your primary skin concern is acne or uneven texture,” says Dr. Reed.

    And it takes even longer to see desirable results if you're using retinol for treating pigmentation or fighting signs of aging, tells the dermatologist. “It's a marathon, not a sprint, when it comes to retinol. Patience is the key,” she adds.

    If you're considering incorporating retinol in your skincare routine but don't know where to start, here's a guide to figuring out what strength of retinol your skin needs and how to use it right.


    I Have Sensitive Skin, and These Are the Hardworking Products I Swear By

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    Having sensitive skin isn’t easy for anybody. However, as a beauty editor who is constantly chopping and changing her routine in order to try new products, it’s exceptionally difficult.

    Receiving news of a new skincare launch is a bit a game of roulette for me.

    You see, if a product contains note-worthy amounts of retinol, vitamin C, alpha-hydroxy acids, essential oils or fragrance, you better believe my skin is going to have something to say about it.

    The difficult thing about coming to terms with such truths is that I really do want to reap the benefits from such wonderful ingredients.

    But at what cost? While using potent retinol or vitamin C will help in reversing and preventing signs of ageing, the chances are they will leave my skin red, sore, dry and usually susceptible to breakouts too.

    And it would seem I am not alone in this. My DMs on Instagram are full of people asking what they can do about their sensitive skin.

    So considering I am no skin expert, in a bid to make sense of our sensitive-skin nightmares, I reached out to someone that is a little more in the know. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about what your sensitivity might mean and to shop all of the sensitive-skin heroes I swear by.

    Those that deal with sensitivity will know the symptoms all too well, however, One Aesthetics Studio’s Jonquille Chantrey, surgeon and international beauty lecturer warns, “Most people that believe they have sensitive skin, in fact do not. Usually the case is that is it just sensitised.”.

    The difference here is simply that sensitive skin is usually genetic, whereas sensitised skin is caused by the environment. Both show similar results in the form of irritability, redness and inflammation, but knowing what to look for is imperative in figuring out the cause.

    For instance, those with naturally sensitive skin may have a thin epidermis and are prone to redness due to visible blood vessels or may even have other skin issues such as eczema.

    “Certain skin types and skin diagnoses such as eczema do have true sensitivity and often require specific medical products,” explains Chantrey.

    Although we have touched on this a little bit above, it’s crucial that if your skin is prone to sensitivity but is not necessarily de facto sensitive, you understand the reasons it might be irritated. “Sensitivity is due to the skin barrier not functioning properly.

    The barrier, which is comprised of lipids and proteins, protects by allowing what is needed through and blocking things that may do harm. When it’s dysfunctional, the skin becomes irritable,” says Chantrey. So what causes this to happen if it isn’t a genetic predisposition? Well, simply put, Chantrey says it’s usually down to using the incorrect product.

    “The majority of sensitised skin occurs due to incorrect use of topical products on the skin which irritate the surface barrier and cause inflammation. The most common factors influencing this is using inappropriate topicals.

    For example, using overly stripping toners or acids, then using heavy moisturisers which then cause the hyaluronic acid production to become sluggish, creates a false dryness which leads you into thinking you have actual dry skin.” Getting into a vicious skincare cycle this only leads to barrier confusions, she warns.

    First and foremost, it’s imperative that you stick to a well-considered routine and avoid chopping and changing your skincare as much as possible. “When the right products are used and the surface barrier repairs, sensitivity is resolved.

    True, dry, sensitive skin can consider a product that contains certain lipids to help reconstruct the skin barrier,” advises Chantrey. While sensitised skin can be improved within a few weeks with the correct lineup, sensitive skin may take longer.

    If you’re ever unsure, it’s worth booking in for an expert consultation (many clinics are now offering these online until they are back up and running again).

    There are very few brands as highly recommended for sensitive skin as La Roche-Posay. This particular cleanser is a gel formula which is great for giving a deep clean and decongesting my pores, plus it doesn’t leave skin even a little bit upset.

    Of all of the cleansers ever made, this one is definitely in my top three. It’s a foaming gel formula which doesn’t make it great for super dry skin, but for those prone to oiliness me, it’s a winner. With ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, it calms, soothes and hydrates, all while delivering a thorough cleanse.

    If you have sensitive skin, this cleansing butter is a surefire way to make it a little bit happier. It’s nourishing, fuss-free and leaves my skin calmed, plump and supple. Also, it removes even the most stubborn of makeup with total ease.   

    Part of one of the most well-known sensitive skincare ranges out there, Kate Somerville’s Goat Milk Cleanser is a cult product for a reason. Gentle, creamy and formulated with manuka honey for ultimate nourishment, it’s a daily product I reach for.

    It’s another La Roche-Posay number, I know, but honestly, this range is worth all of the hype it gets. Before I stumbled across this particular formula, I thought face mists were just another beauty gimmick. However, a light spritz of this instantly cools irritation, brings down redness and gives skin a healthy-looking sheen.

    Whenever my skin is on the drier side of things and feels a little tight, I keep a bottle of this close. Full of amino acids and sugar molecules, it offers up a bit of calm to both my skin and my mind.

    I think of this mist as (funnily enough) the queen of all mists. The actual spray itself makes all of the difference. Dispersing a light veil of product over the face without any unwelcome splodges, it’s one of the most luxe (and loved) products that I own. Plus, it helps stimulate repair, so my skin loves it too.

    I’m not going to pretend otherwise, the thing I love most about this is its spa- smell. Usually, when my skin has reacted to something, I get a bit stressed and start panicking it’s never going to go back to its normal state. Luckily, a few spritzes of this over my face calms everything down long enough to think about a rational plan of action.

    I have waxed lyrical about these clever exfoliating pads since I first got my hands on them last year. When skin genius (and clinical aesthetician), Pamela Marshall at Mortar and Milk recommended them to me, I knew that they would be good. Using gentle, kind-to-skin polyhydroxy acids to exfoliate with minimal irritation, they have become my T-zone’s best friend.

    I’m not going to lie—when I first came across this brand I wasn’t expecting huge things. I assumed it was just another pretty, Instagram-friendly, natural skincare brand with mediocre results. But whoa, was I wrong.

    Ideal for sensitive skin, Dr Roebuck’s products are gentle and hydrating without being heavy. This particular product is the star of the show.

    It’s a creamy exfoliating mask that minimises the appearance of pores with no fuss.

    Another creamy scrub, this particular product scared me at first because it’s a naturally derived formula. However, when I realised it gave my skin the most radiant-looking glow without any discomfort, I knew it was a keeper.

    For days when my blackheads are particularly bad, I reach for these. They are a little bit harder-working than the Exuviance pads and actually deliver a hearty dose of salicylic acid to help unclog pores and slough away at dead skin cells. To minimise irritation, I only use where needed.

    I know what you’re thinking. How can such a skin-friendly product have such an unfriendly price tag? Hear me out: This serum is quite possibly one of the best soothing products I have ever come across.

    With liposomal RNA to stimulate healing and help restore the skin, I to think of this stuff as a rewind button for when I’ve applied something my skin doesn’t . My boyfriend regularly helps himself to this for any post-shave irritation.

    I’m not charging him (yet).

    Formulated with plant-derived ceramides and chamomile, this lightweight gel serum is equally as hydrating as it is cooling and soothing.

    My love for this brown bottle of joy really does know no bounds. Jam-packed with hydrating and plumping hyaluronic acid and free from any obvious potential irritants ( fragrance), I would bathe in ANR if I could. Honestly, it’s an absolute essential in my routine.

    Similar to ANR in its results but packing just a bit more of a punch (and an expensive one at that), this serum—formulated in collaboration with skincare maestro Augustinus Bader—has been a daily go-to for me since it launched. Since using this every morning, I haven’t had a single unmanageable reaction and breakouts have been drastically reduced.

    Again, this is just another great no-fuss, soothing and hydrating serum. Can you spot the theme here? Just all of those mentioned above, it’s essentially healthy skin in a bottle. You might not get instant mind-blowing results, but it definitely helps to reduce sensitivity and keep the skin barrier intact. Plus, it contains my hero ingredient, niacinamide, to soften and smooth.

    This jelly- mask is an absolute essential for me come summer. Not only does it help to bring down redness and irritation, but when kept in the fridge, it’s also a great way to cool down the skin on a hot summer’s evening.

    Anyone that knows anything about my beauty routine knows that not a week goes by where I don’t find myself applying this deeply hydrating mask at least once. It’s rich, soothing, calming, plumping and delivers a glow no other.

    I love a whipped, creamy mask on the best of days, but when my skin is particularly sensitive and irritated, I deem them essentials. This particular formula contains black tea ferment as an antioxidant and lychee and jicama extracts to nourish and boost glow.

    For those that have congestion-prone, sensitive skin me, I understand that thick, pore-clogging masks aren’t always an option, no matter how soothing they might be. This wonderfully calming mask from The Body Shop contains almond milk to soothe and also oatmeal to gently exfoliate. Again, it’s a real favourite.

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