Using too many acid-based products can result in an impaired skin barrier function. … “If an acid were to be incorporated while using retinol, there is a higher potential of over-exfoliating the skin,” explains Kaka. Therefore he advises against using the two together in a single regimen.
Can you use retinol on over-exfoliated skin?
Over-exfoliation recovery 101
Stop all foaming cleansers, retinol products, and physical or chemical exfoliators. Switch to a mild cleanser and a fragrance-free moisturizer. Spot treat extremely red or raw areas with a rich emollient, like Aquaphor or Aqua Veil. You can also use a hydrocortisone cream or aloe gel.
What should I do if I over exfoliate?
How do you treat over-exfoliated skin?
- Use a mild, non-foaming cleanser.
- Treat red or raw areas with a nutrient-rich emollient, like Aquaphor or aloe gel.
- Add a 1% hydrocortisone cream on top of your favorite fragrance-free moisturizer.
- Finish your routine with vitamin E oil to lock in moisture and promote healing.
When should I exfoliate with retinol?
Use Exfoliants Sparingly After the Adjustment Period
After two to six weeks of using tretinoin, it’s usually okay to start using an exfoliant. However, it’s best to use exfoliating products as sparingly as possible while using tretinoin to avoid potentially irritating your skin.
How long does it take to heal from over-exfoliation?
We don’t blame you! However, it’s important to keep in mind that there is no set time for your skin to return back to normal. You may find that some people will see results after a month of following a strict routine, while others can take up to two months.
Can you use retinol the day after exfoliating?
When you start using any new exfoliant, apply the product every second day until your skin gets used to it. Prescription-strength retinol can break down in sunlight and make the skin more sensitive to sunburn.