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5 Skincare combinations to avoid

Many of us love long skincare routines and product layering but sometimes few ingredients just don’t work together. I have also learnt hard way and had my share of mistakes and still learning – always good to learn more! We all have different tolerance levels but there are certain things that should be avoided using together so they do not cause any irritation or breakouts.

  • Manual Exfoliation (Konjac Sponge/Sonic Brushes/Exfoliating Scrub) + Chemical Exfoliation ( AHA, BHA, Salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid/ dermabrasion/Peel ). Make sure to use 1 exfoliant at a time. Over exfoliation may leave your skin parched, irritated and very sensitive.
  • Acne/spot treatments (Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide) + Chemical Exfoliants (AHA, BHA)- Use the products on alternate days so you can get benefit instead of inflamation]
  • Vitamin C ( LAscorbic Acid ) + Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) – Some products do come with both these ingredients – mixing both can convert it to Niacin or changing its colour to dark orange. I suggest doing a sensitivity test and play it safe. If you feel any sensitivity, avoid using it together. Always remember to wear SPF during the day when you use Vit C.
  • Vitamin C + Benzoyl Peroxide + Chemical Exfoliants ( AHA, BHA) – If used together, pH level gets disturbed causing irritation or burning sensation on skin. Vitamin C products should be used with Vitamin E]
  • Benzoyl Peroxide (acne treatment) + Retinols (anti-ageing treatment)
skincare combinations to avoid - Ms tantrum Blog

The skincare products in the above picture work wonders for your skin individually but some things just don’t work together.

Though skincare is all about trial and error. What works for you, may not work for me and vice-a-versa but the above combinations if avoided will surely help.

Until next time, Ashh xo


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  1. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    I’ve done some of these before and my skin was not happy. Thanks for sharing!

    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  2. Thanks so much for the info!

    Candice |

  3. Christie Moeller says:

    This is so helpful. I think most of us buy a bunch of things that all say they will help our skin and slap them on together without thinking about the interaction!

    xoxo Christie

  4. Macca Rose says:

    Super helpful tips! I need to be better and exfoliating in general. But, great to know it needs to be in alternating days of other products.

  5. Definitely need to be aware of these things. Thanks so much!

  6. It’s so important to not layer products willy nilly. I don’t combine any of these together. Always used them alternative evenings or am or pm. X

    Toni | sheergloss

  7. tiffanydbrown says:

    I couldn’t agree more with your list! Especially number one! Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. This is a great post on skincare products.. We all do such mistakes and blame to the products.. As you said ,over exfoliation always create breakouts and i do twice a week only .. Very nice tips you have shared.. will save this page..

  9. True, using various products need an initial test so that skin is not left inflamed or too irritated. I used to use an exfoliant daily when I was in college, it left my skin too dry and reddish..harsh, but learnt that way.

  10. Seriously great tips here.I use a vitamin c peel know a month .Also use alternately vit c and vit E creams.I don’t do experiment on skin at all.

  11. Ritu Kalra says:

    This is a whole lot of insight. .never thought about these cons while using these products ..thanx for saving us from blunders..

  12. This is such an important post. Thank you for posting this and so glad I came across. Sharing it right away!

  13. I agree that some products for my skin but some don’t. And sometimes end up using mismatch combo that leads to skin reactions. This combination gives clear idea which product combo should be avoided. Bookmarking this post for future reference.

  14. Oh my goodness…I’m pretty sure I commit these sins alllll the time!!!

  15. We never aware not this products.. This is really some helpful tips which are really best for skins..

  16. I have always been skeptical about using products that might react with my skin since I have super sensitive skin and every other product reacts. Thanks for mentioning the combinations one should avoid. Saving this for my entire life! 😀

  17. Courtney Byers says:

    This is such great insight. I would’ve never known to avoid some of these. Glad I found this post.

  18. McKenna says:

    These tips are so helpful!

  19. This is a great post! Very informative!

  20. This is so helpful and such great tips ❤️

  21. jhilmildsaha says:

    Thanks for sharing this, we all do mistakes like these all the time. I’ll be much more careful from now onward

  22. Really appreciate you sharing this blog post. Thank you! Keep writing.

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