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Should You Still Exfoliate While Using Retinal?

26 Apr 2022

Retinoids can help promote surface skin cell turnover. Though this sounds similar to exfoliation, it’s a little different, so that begs the question: should you still exfoliate while using retinal?

Retinoids can help promote surface skin cell turnover. Though this sounds similar to exfoliation, it’s a little different, so that begs the question: should you still exfoliate while using retinal?

According to New York City-based board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Robert Finney, it depends. 

Using retinoids can help promote surface skin cell turnover, so it should help your skin shake off the dry flaky skin that you would be targeting with an exfoliant,” he says.

With that being said, Dr. Finney stipulates that sometimes, “low-frequency scheduled exfoliation can be a good addition.” Ultimately it depends on your skin type and goals. For instance, if you have sensitive skin, you’ll definitely want to avoid using retinoids and exfoliants in the same routine, as this could compromise your skin moisture barrier—aka the main protective shield that safeguards your epidermis from harm. If you suffer from frequent breakouts though, Dr. Finney says your skin may benefit from the addition of a salicylic acid exfoliant, while those with excessive pigment could try a glycolic acid formula to further address dark spots. T help avoid potential irritation, use them on alternate days as tolerated by your skin. As always, we recommended you gradually introduce one product at a time into your skincare routine, and that you patch test potent formulas before first use. You can conduct a patch test by placing a small amount of product onto clean skin on the inside of your forearm. Monitor reaction on the skin, if any. If sensitivity such as redness, burning, or itching occurs, do not use the product. Should you have any concerns about adding new formulas into your skincare routine, please consult your dermatologist prior to use.

ICYMI: Youth To The People just launched a game-changer retinoid formula, the Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum formulated with 0.15% retinaldehyde. Unlike retinol, retinaldehyde or retinal requires only one step to be converted to retinoic acid which is the ideal form your skin needs. Additionally, the Youth Serum contains skin-loving ingredients like 5% niacinamide, squalane, ceramides, and an adaptogenic mushroom complex.  

Now that that’s squared away, get more questions answered and learn more about retinal, here.

Written by Kaleigh Fasanella for Youth To The People

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