10 Retinol Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Skin


Not patch-testing

Everyone's skin reacts differently to retinol, so it's essential to try it out on a small patch before going all-in.


Too much, too soon

Going overboard with it can lead to dryness, redness and even peeling. So introduce it gradually.



Avoid using physical exfoliants like scrubs and instead go for gentler chemical exfoliators.


Skipping SPF

Retinol makes your skin more susceptible to sunburn and UV damage. So make best friends with your sunscreen!


Using it in the morning

Retinol is such ingredient that  can easily react with sun even after applying sunscreen. So, always it in the night.


Applying on damp skin

Ensure that your skin is completely dry before applying retinol. Wet or damp skin can make it worse.


Mixing with other actives

Avoid mixing retinol with AHAs, BHAs, Vitamin C, or even benzoyl peroxide. Combining them can lead to skin reaction.


Applying on the eye area

The skin around the eye area is delicate, and using retinol can cause irritation, inflammation, and redness.


Using a high concentration

Begin with a lower concentration, and then gradually move to higher strengths as your skin adjusts.


Not moisturizing instantly

Dryness is one of the most significant side effects of using retinol. So a moisturizer is a non-negotiable!

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