5 Skin Care Products You Should Never Use Together

5 Skin Care Products You Should Never Use Together

I hate to introduce you to another time swallowing website, but Prevention.com is certainly one of the better online health and beauty magazines. Suitable for young and old – old? I mean mature, women, articles are short and to the point, with waffling at a minimum.

Some of the menopause advice is quite blunt, but I think sometimes we do need to know facts without frills. Ignore the odd advert that tends to pop up in the middle of an article and the You Might Also Like links (they’ll take you off site).

I also probably wouldn’t subscribe to their newsletter for fear of my in box being inundated with thinly disguised ads.

Otherwise, enjoy articles as diverse as:

And this one:


With the list of “must-have” skin care products growing by the minute, the list of ingredients you’re putting on your skin is growing, too. It’s no surprise that some just don’t go together. Here, David Colbert, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist, points out which combinations you should always avoid.

Vitamin C + Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide is an acne-clearing staple in many people’s skin-care routines. Enter vitamin C, the trendy new kid in town that every dermatologist seems to be recommending. While you totally can (and should!) add vitamin C to your routine, Colbert warns not to use it with benzoyl peroxide.
The topical treatment will oxidize the vitamin C, rendering the effects of both useless. Only use one on days you won’t be using the other.

Salicylic Acid + Glycolic Acid

All acids are not created equal, and they all don’t have the same effects on your skin. Salicylic acid is an acne treatment, and glycolic acid is an exfoliator that removes dead skin without your having to scrub away at it.
Both are great ingredients, but when used together, they can seriously dry out your skin, says Colbert. Again, only use one at a time.

Retin-A + Gritty Exfoliants

Retin-A is an ingredient seriously loved by dermatologist for its ability to help skin renew itself; it helps treat wrinkles, discoloration, and overall roughness. Unfortunately, Retin-A has a tendency to dry out skin, causing it to peel. What better way to get rid of dry skin than removing it with an exfoliator, right? Wrong.
Retin-A makes skin super-sensitive, and rubbing gritty exfoliants against it will only make the situation worse, says Colbert. Try a cleansing with a muslin cloth, which is a gentle way to buff away dead skin.

Sonic Brush + Exfoliants

When sonic brushes came on the scene, they were praised for their gentle exfoliation capabilities. But old habits die-hard, and you may still have an exfoliator in your routine.
If so, it’s time to let go, says Colbert. You may be exfoliating too much, stripping your face of healthy oils, and roughing up your skin. It’s either one or the other—you choose.

Retin-A + Toner

Toners are great for a multitude of reasons; some have glycolic acid that brings new skin to the surface, some contain witch hazel, which is great at treating acne.
But when Retin-A is in your routine, Colbert warns against using them. “You wouldn’t want to use them together over your whole face, otherwise it will dry out your skin,” he says. Pick your favourite, and stick with it.

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1 Comment

  1. February 28, 2015 / 9:36 pm

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