What ingredients NOT to mix with retinol


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What ingredients NOT to mix with retinol

While retinol is a powerful ingredient known for its anti-aging properties, it can be sensitive to interactions with certain other skincare ingredients. Mixing incompatible products may lead to skin irritation, decreased effectiveness, or adverse reactions. Here are some ingredients to avoid combining with retinol:

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide:

    • Combining retinol with benzoyl peroxide, a common ingredient in acne treatments, can decrease the effectiveness of both. Additionally, using them together may increase skin irritation and dryness.
  2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs):

    • Avoid using products containing AHAs (e.g., glycolic acid, lactic acid) or BHAs (e.g., salicylic acid) simultaneously with retinol, especially if you have sensitive skin. Combining these active ingredients may increase the risk of irritation and compromise the skin barrier.
  3. Exfoliating Scrubs:

    • Physical exfoliants or scrubs can be harsh on the skin, especially when used with retinol. The combined exfoliation may lead to increased sensitivity and potential irritation.
  4. Products with Harsh Drying Ingredients:

    • Ingredients like alcohol, certain astringents, and harsh cleansers can strip the skin of its natural oils and worsen the dryness and irritation that can be associated with retinol use.
  5. Certain Prescription Medications:

    • If you are using prescription medications for skin conditions, such as topical antibiotics or other retinoids, it's crucial to consult with your dermatologist to ensure compatibility.

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