Glycolic acid and retinol are two of the most popular anti-aging ingredients featured in skincare, but how do you decide which one is right for you? More to the point, is it ok to use both at the same time? Can you use glycolic acid and retinol together? Or would it just be one giant skin disaster waiting to happen?
The short answer is that it really depends on your skin type and what you are trying to achieve! Let’s look at why this is…
AHAs, such as glycolic acid, are commonly used to treat the signs of sun-damage, such as pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and uneven skin tone. In addition, they can be useful in the treatment of acne.
Both glycolic acid and retinol increase the rate of skin cell turnover but in different ways. Retinol encourages the production of new skin cells and increases the rate that these cells travel to the surface of the skin.
It’s a common misconception that retinol has an exfoliating effect because it can cause the skin to flake and peel. However, this is a sign of damage to the skin’s barrier and dehydration.
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