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Should You Still Exfoliate While Using Retinal?

Retinoids are known for their ability to promote surface skin cell turnover. While this may seem like exfoliation, there are some differences to consider. So, the question arises: should you continue exfoliating while using retinal? 

According to Dr. Robert Finney, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City, the answer depends on various factors. "Using retinoids can help your skin shed dry, flaky skin that you would typically target with an exfoliant," he explains. However, Dr. Finney also suggests that low frequency scheduled exfoliation can be a beneficial addition in some cases. Ultimately, the decision should be based on your skin type and goals. 

For individuals with sensitive skin, it is advisable to avoid using retinoids and exfoliants together, as this may compromise the skin's moisture barrier, which acts as a protective shield for the epidermis. On the other hand, if you frequently experience breakouts, Dr. Finney recommends incorporating a salicylic acid exfoliant into your routine. For those dealing with excessive pigmentation, a glycolic acid formula can help address dark spots. To minimize potential irritation, it is recommended to use these exfoliants on alternate days, based on your skin's tolerance. 

As always, it is important to gradually introduce new products into your skincare routine and conduct patch tests before initial use. A patch test involves applying a small amount of product to clean skin on the neck, jawline, or behind the ear and monitoring any reactions such as redness, burning, or itching. If any sensitivity occurs, it is best to avoid using the product. If you have concerns about incorporating new formulas into your skincare routine, consulting a dermatologist is advisable. 

Youth To The People has a groundbreaking retinoid formula called the Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum. This serum contains 0.15% retinaldehyde, which only requires one step to be converted into the ideal form of retinoic acid that your skin needs. Additionally, the Youth Serum is enriched with skin-loving ingredients like 5% niacinamide, squalane, ceramides, and an adaptogenic mushroom complex. 

If you have more questions about properly incorporating retinal, you can book a free 15-minute Skin Session with one of our skincare education experts here

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