anasf anasf
last month

Combining glycolic acid, salicylic acid and retinol

I've been using glycolic and salicylic acid for a while, and I want to include retinol in my routine. I've thought of applying each once a week (glycolic on Mondays, salicylic on Wednesdays and retinol on Fridays), but I don't know if that's enough for retinol to work. However, I'm afraid to overexfoliate if I use retinol more often without removing the acids. Does anyone have suggestions?

AM - Everyday
1
Facial Soap Clinique - Facial Soap
2
Hydrance Aqua Gel Avène - Hydrance Aqua Gel
3
Emulsion SPF 50+ Avene - Emulsion SPF 50+
PM - Everyday
1
Facial Soap Clinique - Facial Soap
2
Hydrance Aqua Gel Avène - Hydrance Aqua Gel
PM - Once a week
1
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
2
Acne Solutions™ All-Over Clearing Treatment Clinique - Acne Solutions™ All-Over Clearing Treatment
3
Retinol Toner Revolution Skincare - Retinol Toner
1
2
Log in or sign up to leave a comment

You'd get better results from retinoids with more frequency. Retinoids also speed up the skin turnover so you will need to exfoliate less anyway when you'll add a retinoid. I'd start with a retinoid 3 times a week (for example, Monday, Wednesday, Friday), and use salicylic acid on Saturday night. I'd skip the glycolic acid for the first two-four weeks to let the skin adjust to the retinoid. Then you might be able to use salicylic acid on Tuesday for example, and re-introduce glycolic on Saturday and see how your skin feels. If your skin is sensitive, you might want to choose a different retinoid product - the Revolution retinol toner contains witch hazel and it can be irritating. An alternative in the same price range: https://whatsinmyjar.com/product/the-inkey-list-retinol-serum

1
Reply

Thanks so much, I'll follow your advice!

1
Reply