The Retinol and Niacinamide are two of the most popular ingredients in skin care products. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that can be used as an anti-aging treatment, while Niacinamide is a type of B3 vitamin that may help reduce redness and inflammation.
Retinoic acid, which often refers to Retinol, has been found to increase collagen production in skin cells while also reducing wrinkles and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure.
It has been shown to lighten dark spots on the face when applied topically at night for 12 weeks or more. Some people find Retinoic Acid too irritating so they prefer using other forms of Vitamin A like retinaldehyde instead.
But what about combining Niacinamide and Retinol? Can they be used together?
Retinol and Niacinamide can be used together to achieve optimal results for skin care. Retinoic Acid is also a form of Vitamin A, so it should not be taken with Retinol or Retinaldehyde because they are forms of the same ingredient.
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B that can help with skin care issues, such as acne. Retinol has also been shown to help with acne, but it can make skin more sensitive to the sun so many people prefer Retinoic Acid or Retinaldehyde instead of Retinol for treating their acne.
What are the side effects of using retinol and niacinamide together?
It's not uncommon for people to want to use both together because they know the benefits of each ingredient, but there is a risk of side effects when using them simultaneously. Here are some side effects you might encounter and how you might avoid them by adjusting your routine.
Facial redness, Peeling, flaking skin or stinging may occur with either retinol or niacinamide alone so this article will focus on how these reactions manifest themselves when used together. The most common issue seen is an increase in facial redness which often leads to increased sensitivity to sun exposure as well as. increased skin flaking and peeling. Retinol can also cause stinging or redness to the eyes when applied so if you're using both, it's important to take extra precautions by avoiding applying either one in close proximity to your eye area.
You may be able to reduce these side effects by skipping days between treatments with each products.
How to Use Niacinamide and Retinol Together?
- Start by washing your face with cleanser, and patting it dry.
- Retinol and niacinamide are two separate products that can be used together one of two ways. Either a retinol-niacinamide cream or individual use of the two are both permissible methods for achieving the desired results.
- If you’re using more than one product, apply them in the order from thinnest to thickest/heaviest.
- You can apply both these ingredients at the same time and still get their full effect.
To use both ingredients, apply retinol in the evening and niacinamide in the morning with daylight protection.
We’ve talked about the benefits of retinol and niacinamide for skin care, and the good news is that they make a great duo. Retinaldehyde is a derivative of vitamin A. It has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Niacinamide also helps with signs of aging by improving elasticity in your skin cells. When combined properly these two ingredients can make an even stronger formula for fighting off wrinkles and other age related issues on your face. Have you tried this combination yet? Let us help you find which products are best suited to meet your needs!