Some things in life just don't go together. And now that everyone is onto product layering, there are still certain things that should not be mixed together. In this article, I am about to save you the process of trial and error. I will tell you some skincare mistakes that you are probably making and should avoid right now.
Chemical exfoliants and Acne treatments.
If you have suffered from acne then you might have a lot of acne medicated products. Like Benzoyl Peroxide, AHA or BHA. You should never ever use these products together or your skin will be on fire. All these products are intensely drying and using them all at once will damage your skin. So what you can do is, you can use them on different days. Like Benzoyl Peroxide on one day and AHA or BHA on the other. This way not only will you reap the maximum benefits of both the products, but also your skin will be safe.
Benzoyl peroxide and retinol:
They both do amazing things when it comes to acne. Benzoyl peroxide reduces the amount of acne-causing bacteria by causing the skin to dry and peel. Retinol prevents wrinkles, helps in brightening the skin and also prevents acne scarring. Now you must be wondering when they are so good then why can't we use it together? This is because they both work in the same way by removing the dead skin cells and causing cell turnover. So using them together can be over drying for your skin. What you can do is, either use them on separate days or on separate occasions. Maybe use benzoyl peroxide and retinol every other day or you can also use benzoyl peroxide on the day and retinol at night. But be sure to use loads of sunscreen.
Vitamin C and Niacinamide.
This is a very popular combination that you should never use together. Vitamin C is a holy grail product when it comes to skin care. It reduces fine lines, signs of aging, helps fade dark spots and pigmentation, brightens the skin and also boosts collagen production. It is also a naturally occurring antioxidant. Niacinamide, on the other hand, improves skin barrier function, assists in soothing irritation and rosacea, fights free radicals, helps prevent acne by regulating sebum production and also fades dark spots and brightens the skin. Now seeing that these products do almost the same thing, then why can't they be used together? This is because mixing Vitamin C and Niacinamide together will turn it into a Niacin which causes redness and tingling. This might show up if you have sensitive skin or inflammatory acne. It basically cancels each other out and their superpowers become ineffective.
Now, every skin is different. So what worked for me might not work for you and vice verse. These are just research-based information and the best way to find out the truth is to try and test it out on your own skin. See if there is any tingling or flushing or irritation and things like that. These are the signs that you are doing something wrong. But to be on the safer side, stay away from these combinations.