Which skincare ingredients you should and shouldn't mix together

There is so much confusion and questions when it comes to mixing and combining skincare products and ingredients.

We have broken down the answers for you to help perfect your skincare routine and avoid any irritation for your skin. 

Now we can answer all your questions on combining skincare

Can I mix BHA’s (salicylic acid) and AHA’s (glycolic acid/lactic acid)?

It is dependent on your skin and how you react to this combination. 

How to use: We recommend using a BHA first and then following with an AHA if your skin can take acid. Use a small percentage.

Note: Using both BHA and AHA can lead to dry, irritated and red skin. Some people find this combination safe and beneficial. 

Can I mix vitamin C with BHA and AHA?

The answer is a mixture of yes and no. Everyone’s skin is different and can react differently to combinations of ingredients. We would recommend:

  • Vitamin C in the morning
  • BHAs and AHAs in the evening 

However another option especially for sensitive skin  is to use each of these products on alternate days, therefore ensuring no irritation or redness occurs. 

Can I mix retinol with acids?

We would recommend incorporating these ingredients into your routine slowly

  • Small percentage and work your way up                                                           or
  • Alternate nights

Note: Using retinol with a BHA or AHA can lead to dry, irritated and red skin. Some people find this combination safe and beneficial and prefer to use one in the morning and one in the evening.

Can I mix acne treatments (benzoyl peroxide) and acids?

Benzoyl peroxide and a BHA like salicylic acid are both effective in treating blemishes and blackheads but should not be used together. They can be drying and irritate the skin. We recommend:

  • Using them separately on different days

Can I mix niacinamide with vitamin C?

Both of these ingredients are great for treating acne prone skin and acne scarring, however using them both together can cause redness and trigger breakouts. So we recommend:

  • Use them both separately on alternate days                                                or
  • Spread them out in the morning and evenings

Can I use hyaluronic acid with AHAs/BHAs?

The answer is yes. Both of these can be highly effective in hydrating the skin, smoothing skin texture and unclogging pores. 

However, it is always dependent on your skin and how you react to this combination. 

Check out our article on Skincare acids and ingredients you need to know about to find out more about each ingredient.

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