Top Five Retinol Myths Debunked
How should you use retinol? This is a question we get regularly. There are a lot of different claims out there, and some of them are misleading. Some people have heard that using Ann AHA or a BHA exfoliant counteracts the effects of retinol. Others have heard that it is best to avoid using products with retinol during the day. And some ask questions about pH incompatibility between skin care products that contain Retinol and Vitamin C.
Some people are worried that using retinol will damage their skin because some products are too high. It is true that this ingredient might not be a good option for some people, but the same thing applies to most ingredients used in skin care products. You can take proper care of your skin by doing your research, learning to recognize misleading claims and avoiding products that contain ingredients not adapted to your needs.
Can You Use Retinol With An AHA Or BHA Exfoliant?
So far, there is no research supporting the idea that AHA or BHA exfoliants can make retinol-based products less efficient. Both ingredients can be used in the same skin care routine.
We have seen claims and recommendations regarding not using exfoliants with AHA or BHA in combination with products that contain retinol but have never seen any supporting evidence or any research that explains why these ingredients shouldn’t be used together. This is a myth that has been repeated by many people, including some experts. This is something that a lot of people believe without questioning it or doing more research.
This myth is probably based on a misunderstanding of how these ingredients work. AHA, BHA and retinol have their benefits. These parts can work together and deliver different benefits instead of counteracting each other’s effects. Some studies have shown that you can get better results by using products that contain these various ingredients since their benefits will be combined.
Does The pH Of AHA And BHA Exfoliants Make Retinol Less Efficient?
AHA and BHA has a low pH, and there is some confusing regarding exfoliants with a low pH interacting with retinol. Retinol will still make your skin smoother even if you use AHA and BHA exfoliants with a low pH.
This myth is based on the belief that the low (acidic) pH of the exfoliant will lower the pH of your skin. As a result, applying retinol to the skin won’t make it smoother. This is not true and is probably a misunderstanding of the research on this topic.
There has been one study on pH affecting retinol, but this study was not made on the real skin. This study looked at the effects of retinol on proteins in a petri dish. The outcome of the study was not conclusive regarding skin care since it is unknown if the skin would react like the protein molecules that have been investigated.
AHA and BHA exfoliants are a good way to remove dead skin cells that might prevent your skin from absorbing ingredients like retinol. Using exfoliants and products that contain retinol is an excellent combination.
Does Retinol Exfoliate Your Skin And Should It Be Used With AHA Or BHA?
A lot of people think that Retinol exfoliates your skin. This is not true. Here is how retinol works:
Retinal acts as an antioxidant. This ingredient will restore your skin, make it healthier and smoother.
Retinol has different effects on the skin. AHA and BHA only eliminate the dead skin cells that are on the surface of the skin. Retinol does not work as an exfoliant.
Some people notice that their skin is flaky after using retinol. This is a temporary side effect that has nothing to do with exfoliation. Exfoliation is not something you should be able to see, unlike flaking. If your skin looks flaky after applying retinol, this is a sign that you should use this ingredient less often. You should also stop using exfoliants for a while. The retinol product you use might be too healthy for your skin and can avoid flaking by choosing a product with a smaller amount of retinol.
Can You Use Retinol During The Day?
You can use skin care products that contain retinol during the day. Some studies have shown that you can safely apply sunscreen over products that contain retinol and Vitamin C. Vitamins A, C and E are still efficient and safe to use when used under sunscreen. This is proof that retinol will remain stable when it comes in contact with sunscreen.
You need to use sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage, which can cause different signs of aging to appear. You will be more likely to experience wrinkles, sun spots, loss of firmness and an uneven skin tone if you do not use sunscreen. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and don’t hesitate to use a retinol product in the morning if this is a part of your skin care routine.
Can You Use Retinol With Vitamin C?
A lot of people think that it is not safe to use Vitamin C with retinol. Some people assume that Vitamin C should not be used in combination with retinol because of a pH or acidity problem.
Vitamin C is a form of ascorbic acid and can only remain safe if it is in contact with a low pH or without any pH if it is not exposed to water. As explained above, acidity does not make retinol less efficient. This ingredient still works well in an acidic environment. Retinol is naturally found on the human skin, which has an acidic pH.
In fact, research has shown that it is best to use a combination of vitamins to achieve a healthy skin tone. It has been proven that retinol works in conjunction with Vitamin C and that one can get better results by using these two ingredients together. Vitamins A, C, and E should be used under sunscreen to protect and nourish the skin.
Vitamin C contributes to stabilizing retinol and by making it work for a longer amount of time. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant and using retinol without any Vitamin C could prevent you from getting all the benefits of this potent ingredient.