You Should Avoid Using These Skincare Ingredients Together [Beginners Tips]


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There are targeted skincare ingredients for anything and everything these days. The one thing you may not have been told is that using them at the same time could be causing your skin more harm than good.

Often people will find a skincare routine which is very consistent and stable. As a result, they begin to feel this is because a product is ineffective, or they may then decide to switch something for a more targeted treatment for something. This may then lead to breakouts or aggravate existing ones. Sometimes this can be the product itself for example some acid product require incremental exposure over time and people should never use daily straight away. Other times this may be that the ingredients of your existing routine are reacting to those in the newly added product.

When considering a new skincare product, you should always review your routine holistically. To make it a little easier for you I am going to share some common combinations to you should and should not do.

Vitamin C

An antioxidant that aids in the skin regeneration process which helps your skin repair damaged cells. It also contains a property that helps prevent the appearance of dark spots. Ideally this would be an active serum ingredient as the benefits are more effective in this form. Its effectiveness is also increased when combined with other antioxidants such as Vitamin E.


Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) are naturally derived acids used to exfoliate. They work by speeding up the skins natural shedding process. To reduce your skin irritation at most this should be used every other day. They help minimize and correct discolouration which may have resulted from acne & hyperpigmentation.

Hyaluronic Acid

This increases the moisture in the skin in turn reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The benefits of this make it a frequent ingredient in dry skin but it can also be taken as supplements.


This is common in antiaging products and should be considered as part of your routine once you are over 25 but not before. It is known to stimulate cell renewal and the production of collagen which you begin to lose after you reach 25.


A great skin friendly product for mature skin in which helps with increasing the collagen production. It also contains the ability to work as a muscle relaxant and helps restore the skin after damage.

Glycolic Acid

This is the number one thing I see on the shelves for skin exfoliation. Products containing this are mainly used to target those with acne scarring, skin discolouration and first signs of aging. The concentration is something you should certainly watch especially if you have sensitive skin.

Benzoyl Peroxide

Commonly prescribed at 5% to treat acne. It works by reducing the number of germs on the surface of the skin in either a cleanser of a gel. It is however drying to the skin much more so than something like salicylic acid and so can lead to irritation.

That covers the majority of those you see on the shelves in the stores. So below is a list of helpful do’s and don’ts.

DO Vitamin C + Sunscreen

DO Vitamins A + E + C

DO Retinol/AHAS + Hyaluronic Acid

DO Peptides + Vitamin C

DO Retinol + Sunscreen

DON’T Vitamin C + Retinol

DON’T Glycolic Acid + Retinol


DON’T Benzoyl Peroxide + Retinol

DON’T Peptides + AHAS

Really hope you found this information handy and helpful. Are there any you thought should be included which I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below.



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