Can you use Azelaic Acid with retinol?
Yes, but it's important to introduce these ingredients slowly so your skin can adjust. When using both products, apply Azelaic acid first and then retinol.
Azelaic acid is a natural antioxidant that has been used for a variety of skin concerns, including acne, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Retinol is an ingredient found in many anti-aging products that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How To incorporate Azelaic Acid and Retinol Together:
Begin by applying Azelaic acid every morning before applying any other skincare products or makeup. Wait 20 minutes before applying sunscreen if you plan to be out in the sun during the day. If you're going to be indoors most of the day, you don't need to wait 20 minutes before applying sunscreen — just apply it right away after applying your Azelaic acid solution.
Once your skin has adjusted to using Azelaic acid every morning, you can layer it with retinol at night. Apply a thin layer of your Azelaic acid solution first followed by a thin layer of your retinol product. Wait 20 minutes before applying any other skincare
How to Layer azelaic acid in your routine:
Cleanse: Begin with a clean face by using a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type.
Toner (optional): If you incorporate a toner into your routine, apply it after cleansing. Allow it to fully absorb.
Azelaic Acid: After toning, apply your Azelaic acid product. Since it's lighter than most retinol creams, it should be applied before. Let it sink into the skin and wait for it to dry completely.
Retinol: Once the Azelaic acid is fully absorbed, you can apply your retinol product. Make sure to use a pea-sized amount and spread it evenly across your face, avoiding the immediate eye area.
Moisturize: After allowing the retinol to absorb, lock in the active ingredients with a moisturizer suitable for your skin type.
Sunscreen (AM only): If you're using these products in the morning (though retinol is typically recommended for nighttime use), always finish with a broad-spectrum SPF, as retinol can make your skin more sun-sensitive.
When should you Apply:
Morning: While Azelaic acid can be used in the AM, retinol is generally advised for PM use because of its photosensitizing properties. If you must use retinol in the morning, always finish with a high SPF.
Night: This is the ideal time for retinol application. After your nighttime cleansing, follow the steps mentioned above to layer Azelaic acid and retinol.
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