Can I mix and match my active ingredients?

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Which active ingredients should not be used in conjunction with one another? For example, if I use a retinol night cream, can I use an AHA exfoliator?


Skincare expert and founder of Skin & Body Renewal, Dr Maureen Allem, responds:

“There are so many amazing active ingredients for skin on the market at the moment. It’s quite a big ask to cover them all. But I would say if you just keep a few things in mind, you should be alright:
1) Do not use your growth factor products in the same application as your AHA’s and BHA’s;
2) Use your retinoids at night;
3) Use your antioxidants during the day;
4) If your AHA exfoliator is quite strong, don’t use this on the same night as what you apply your retinoid;
5) Be careful of using toners with a very low pH in the same application as your anti-ageing peptides (so if you use an AHA toner that is very strong, you need to wait about 30mins before you apply your peptides and/or growth factors).”

Are you using any active ingredients?

You can ask Dr Allem your skincare questions here.

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    I am very careful about what products i use and i do my best to make sure i’m not using products that will react with each other.

    4 years ago •

  1. Tidi Phago

    I feel like I’m a science student, a little confused. I reread the article and I am now confident with knowledge and understanding.

    4 years ago •

  1. alecia

    I wasn’t aware of these until now!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Fantastic and easy to remember tips. I don’t use products with AHAs during the day but only during evening applications because I worry about AHAs making my skin more sensitive to sun damage even with sunscreen.

    4 years ago •

  1. mtsoka

    Thank you for the tips I was doing something wrong somewhere the article cleared it up for me

    4 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    This is so true, there are so many skin protectors that I feel they clash with one another.

    4 years ago •

  1. Rashmee Bagirathi

    Gosh am guilty of doing this

    4 years ago •

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