Ferulic acid and retinol are both commonly used skincare ingredients. While ferulic acid is often used to protect the skin from environmental damage and aging, retinol helps reverse and reduce current signs of aging. However, retinol is much stronger and more abrasive than ferulic acid and not right for every skin type or person. This leads many people to ask, “Can you mix ferulic acid with retinol?”
Yes, though you should use caution and it is not right for every person. Generally, retinol should be used at night because it makes the skin especially sensitive to the sun. Conversely, ferulic acid is often recommended for use in the morning, though it can also be used at night.
If you use retinol or plan to, then apply ferulic acid in the morning. This gives your skin time to recover and prevents further irritation after applying retinol. If you have particularly sensitive skin, or have had reactions to retinol in the past, talk to a dermatologist before proceeding with using retinol and ferulic acid together. While the combination can be a powerful anti-aging tool, it should be used carefully and it is not right for everyone.
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