Retinol and acids

Mixing Retinol and Acids together is one of the most confusing things in skincare! In our previous post, we’ve already talked about the basics of Retinol and how you can incorporate it into your regime. In this post, we’re going to be talking about the basics of acids – AHAs/BHA and how you can make them work with Retinol. 

What Are AHAs/BHA?

Leave-on exfoliants.

The Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA, for example, Glycolic acid and lactic acid) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA, for example, Salicylic acid) act by dissolving the bonds holding dull and dead skin on the surface. 

Both of these acids work in the same way – helps to brighten the complexion, softens fine lines and dark spots. While they both work on the skin’s surface, the main difference is that AHAs are water soluble (suitable for Normal to dry/sun damaged skin) and BHA/salicylic acid is oil-soluble (suitable for normal to oily/acne prone skin) 

How To Use Them Together?

To make Retinol and Acids both work together, Apply them at different times of the day or on alternate days. For example, one day Acid(s) and the other day Retinol. 

Pro Tip: If your T-zone is oily but the rest of the skin is comparatively dry, Try applying a pea-sized amount of BHA exfoliant to the oily areas and an AHA exfoliant to the dry areas and then apply the same amount of Retinol over it. A little goes a long way!

If you have sensitive skin, always start with a gentle moisturizer first to add a layer of hydration to buffer minor irritation.

NOTE: If any irritation persists after adding vitamin A to your skincare regimen, know that it’s all “part of the process” and your skin will eventually begin to tolerate the ingredient once it is accustomed, usually takes 2 weeks.

Go with the lower concentration (0.01%) of Retinol first. Start low and start slow.


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