These days, there are many skincare junkies on social media who encourage followers to build a solid routine. They promote a never-ending layering of essences, serums, creams and sunscreens, all for the sake of achieving flawless skin.

However, mindlessly slathering on products won’t always give us the results we’re looking for. Some combinations of popular skincare ingredients can do more harm than good by potentially causing breakouts, dryness, and other irritations. 

Be sure to refrain from combining the following ingredients together.

Benzoyl Peroxide + Retinol 

Applying benzoyl peroxide, an infamous acne treatment, along with retinol can possibly oxidise the retinol, thus reducing its efficacy.

Vitamin C + AHAs or BHAs

Using this combination in your skincare routine can seriously irritate dry or sensitive skin because AHAs will alter the Vitamin C’s pH level and decrease its antioxidant properties.

Retinol + Exfoliants

Retinoids are great for exfoliating your skin. Adding another layer of exfoliants may leave your skin raw and increase the chance of irritation.

Oil-based + Water-based

We all know oil repels water. Hence, using an oil-based skincare product will leave a film on your skin, which prevents water-based formulas from being absorbed. 

Glycolic Acid + Salicylic Acid

Both ingredients are great for removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. Mixing the two, however, will cause a major reaction and strip your skin. 

The Takeaway

The skincare world is continuously evolving and creating more efficient products. It is understandable to be tempted to try everything. 

Remember to always make sure that the products and ingredients you’re incorporating in your routine work well together so you can use them effectively and avoid possible irritations.

Do you know of any other skincare ingredients that we should all avoid? Share with us by commenting below!

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