You asked: Can you exfoliate before retinol?

A: Because retinol and tretinoin (the active ingredient in Retin-A and Renova) do not exfoliate.

Can you exfoliate and then use retinol?

When first starting a retinol regimen, or if your skin is sensitive, it’s best not to combine retinol with other potentially irritating ingredients, such as alpha or beta hydroxy acids or physical exfoliants and scrubs.

What should you not use before retinol?

Don’t Mix: Retinol with vitamin C, benzoyl peroxide, and AHA/BHA acids. AHA and BHA acids are exfoliating, which can dry out skin and cause further irritation if your skincare routine already includes retinol. As for benzoyl peroxide and retinol, they cancel each other out.

How do I prepare my skin for retinol?

Always do a gentle cleanse

Above all, you want to ensure the skin is properly cleansed before even thinking about using retinol. New York City-based dermatologist Shari Marchbein stresses that washing your face with a gentle cleanser, first, is key.

Can you use retinol the day after exfoliating?

When you start using any new exfoliant, apply the product every second day until your skin gets used to it. Prescription-strength retinol can break down in sunlight and make the skin more sensitive to sunburn.

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Can I exfoliate in the morning and use retinol at night?

Thus, adding exfoliation to this can cause or increase the potential irritation.” So, if you use a stronger product, like a Retinol, make sure you space out its application from your exfoliating products. Since Retinols and the like tend to be used at night, an a.m. scrub might be better for you.

When should I exfoliate with retinol?

Use Exfoliants Sparingly After the Adjustment Period

After two to six weeks of using tretinoin, it’s usually okay to start using an exfoliant. However, it’s best to use exfoliating products as sparingly as possible while using tretinoin to avoid potentially irritating your skin.

What step is retinol in skincare routine?

If it’s a non-prescription retinol, apply it according to what type of product it is—a retinol moisturizer will act as the moisturizer step of your routine, while a retinol serum will act as the serum step. Note: we recommend only applying retinol at night due to photosensitivity.

Can I mix niacinamide with retinol?

Using niacinamide before retinol works well. So does combining them into one product. A 2016 study found that a product containing retinol, niacinamide, hexylresorcinol, and resveratrol improved fine lines, sallowness, wrinkling, hyperpigmentation, and skin tone.

Does retinol go on before or after serum?

We love pairing our retinol serum with L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Apply the hyaluronic acid serum first, then use the retinol. You can also mix a few drops of both serums together and apply them at the same time.

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Do you need to wash retinol off in the morning?

And washing your face is necessary to remove any retinol or AHAs you wore overnight. Bottom line: Not washing your face in the morning is a mistake. A thorough a.m. cleanse ensures your products will work like they’re supposed to.

Should I use niacinamide before or after retinol?

Niacinamide and retinol can be combined in one product, which may be easier and more convenient. But they’re also available as separate products. If you’re using these ingredients in separate products, it’s recommended to apply niacinamide first and to then follow with retinol.

Is retinol an exfoliant?

Whether over-the-counter or prescription form, retinol is a cell-communicating ingredient that “tells” skin cells to make healthier, younger cells and can enhance the production of new skin cells. It is not an exfoliant and does not have the ability to clear the dead cells on the surface of skin.

Can I use retinol every night?

Retinol is best applied at night, since it can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. When you do go outside, be sure to use sunscreen to protect your face. Also, keep in mind that you don’t need to use retinol on a daily basis for it to be effective at treating acne. Two to three times per week may be enough.