In the quest for healthy skin many of us will try anything and everything . Armed with a drawer full of products we follow every tip we have every read or heard . And then we wonder why our skin isn't “perfect” . Could it be that we are overdoing it ?
When it comes to skin care , sometimes more is not “more” . Overusing or combining certain products can have the opposite effect you are hoping for - irritation , dryness , or cancelling out the benefits of the product completely !
Such is the case when it comes to Retin A and other retinols . Retin-A is a powerful wrinkle fighter that helps renew skin . So powerful it can also cause dryness and irritation . Take extra care when using Retin-A as well as other retinols .
EASE INTO IT .
If you are a first time user of Retin-A and experiencing extreme redness and irritation , you could be overdoing it . Start with only a small pea size amount . If you are still experiencing irritation , you may want to build up to Retin-A by using an over-the-counter product with retinol first . Allowing your skin to build up a bit of a tolerance (it could take up to a year) will make the transition to Retin-A easier .
DO NOT USE A TONER OR EXFOLIATING SCRUB WITH RETIN-A .
If you are using Retin-A you should avoid using any toner that has alcohol , glycolic acid , witch hazel , retinols , or benzoyl peroxide . These types of toners are known to dry skin , Retin-A already dries out skin . Using this toners in combination with Retin-A will excalate the problem .
Skin undergoing Retin-A may be so dry that it begins to peel . You may be tempted to scrub the peeling skin away with an exfoliator , but this would be a mistake . In addition to peeling , the skin will most likely be highly sensitive . Rubbing a gritty exfoliator against it will only make the situation worse . Use a damp wash cloth to gently buff away dead skin cells .
TAKE CARE WHEN COMBINING RETINOL WITH AHA'S ( LACTIC & GLYCOLIC ) .
This combo can lead to skin irritation for women with sensitive skin . To avoid this , alternate using AHA in the morning and retinol at night .
RETINOL AND ACNE TREATMENTS
In the case of acne, be extra careful ! Retinol , salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide all fight acne and help prevent new blemishes. Using them together will NOT turbo charge your acne fighting punch ! On the contrary , it will set your skin up for failure . Using salicylic acid and retinol at the same time causes excessive dryness , redness and irritation ; and mixing benzoyl peroxide with retinol has the opposite effect as the two ingredients have been shown to deactivate each other. Meaning you won’t see any effect.
VITAMIN-C & RETINOL .
Use together with extreme caution . Super-strength concentrations of both vitamin C and retinol are both very powerful . Used together they can cause the skin to become dry .
THERE IS AN ART TO GETTING HEALTHY SKIN .
If you are not seeing the results you want or your skin feels overly irritated , you need to look at your regimen . Ensure that you are not overdoing it with many actives is as important as determining if you are using the correct products for your skin type . And before you decide to try the latest new trend , remember more isn’t always more . You may need to remove a product or two from your regimen before you add others .
DETERMINING WHAT PRODUCTS TO USE AND HOW TO ACHIEVE BETTER SKIN HEALTH .
Analyze your skin type , troubleshoot your current skin care regimen , and get unbiased advice on the skin care products you should be using .
HEALTHY SKIN IS ALWAYS IN FASHION .