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Skincare Ingredients you Should NEVER Mix

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Do Not Mix These Skincare Ingredients

A skincare routine is something that everyone plans according to their skin demands. When you change some of the products in your skincare routine after following them for years it is very uncertain and confusing which mix well with other products or a layer well with other products. 

You need to go through some trial-and-error while trying a new product combination, that is, which is complementing the other one. So for your help, we are providing a list of ingredients that never goes along well so you must avoid their mixing.

  • Oil And Water

As we all know about oil and water, they do not mix together.  As you know oil repels water, and whenever we try to mix an oil-based product with that of a water-based product they never mix together and form a layer of water over your skin that prevents water from being absorbed. If you are using both such products in your skincare routine then use water-based products first and then use oil-based products. So water-based products also show effectiveness over your skin. But to be on the safe side you should always use serums and water-based products together.

  • Vitamin C And AHAs And BHAs

Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids such as salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids should never be mixed together in their application. Vitamin C is an unstable acid, so there would be fluctuations in your pH balance as you perform their layering together, and then there is nothing they can provide to your skin.

  • AHAs And BHAs And Retinol

When AHAs and BHAs are mixed together they can only bless you with dry, irritated and unhealthy skin. As retinol is used to effectively exfoliate your skin, so do the AHAs and BHAs. So it will be a disaster together as both of them are great exfoliants. So it is better to use AHAs and BHAs with some trusted moisturizing ingredients and SPF.

  • Niacinamide And AHAs And BHAs

When AHAs and BHAs used together with niacinamide they do nothing to your skin except the redness. As niacinamide can raise the pH level of acids to 3-4 having its own pH at about 5-7, which cancels out one another. When both these are used separately they can help your skin with its acne, texture, and signs of ageing. 

  • Copper peptides and vitamin C

Copper peptides are becoming very popular in skin care due to their ability to energise skin renewal. Just make sure you don't mix them with vitamin C as they can oxidize Vitamin C and reduce its antioxidant effect. To achieve the maximum benefits of each ingredient, You can split their use between your morning and evening routine or you can use them on alternating days.

  • Retinol And Benzoyl Peroxide

Both retinol and benzoyl peroxide cancel out each other when used together. So there is nothing they can provide your skin with when mixed together.

  • Glycolic Acid And Salicylic Acid

Both glycolic acid and salicylic acid are used to remove the dead skin cells and help you in getting spotless and healthy skin. So it is never advisable to mix both these ingredients together as then there could be much irritation caused. So you should only use one of these at a time and parallel it with some good hydrating product.

  • Dapsone aka Aczone & Benzoyl Peroxide

Well, smoothing on topical dapsone and benzoyl peroxide simultaneously can cause your skin to have the kind of orange discolouration without consuming a single carrot. Stick to only one of the acne-treating ingredients at a time to maintain your true colours. Also, remember salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are always a feasible pairing. 

  • Hydroquinone & AHAs

As we see in the case of retinol, similarly both hydroquinone and AHAs can trigger skin irritation on their own. The only way to avoid such a situation is to separate their application timings, one in the morning and another at night so that they both can work effectively. Another thing is to replace hydroquinone with other ingredients like liquorice extract or tranexamic acid or even vitamin C.  

  • SPF

To make your collagen level balance and to make your skin cells happy even in the bright sun you need to apply sunscreen every single day multiple times but things you should keep in mind that never mix it with your makeup as there are chances of layer formation. So wait for a while after applying one then go for the next product.

Take Away

What most skincare specialists advise is to use any potentially irritating product individually for at least two-three weeks then wait for the product reaction. If any such product when used on its own causes any skin irritation then you must avoid using it immediately or with any other potentially irritating ingredients. Even a most safe and ubiquitous ingredient like niacinamide can also be allergic to someone and irritate.

Also, it is very necessary to give your skin the much-needed rest it seeks from you which helps it greatly in rejuvenating naturally.

Also, there are chances of you having any sort of persistent skin irritation or dryness then you must be visiting some professional and trusted dermatologist to seek the well-tested and research-backed treatment. You should also use a mild and gentle cleanser for your skin in parallel with your skin-type moisturizer.