Skin care solutions have a wide variety of ingredients that can be combined to treat specific skin problems and improve the skin.

But if there is one solution that shouldn’t be applied to the skin, it is the one we’ll discuss today.

In order to avoid unpleasant inflammation, it is not recommended to combine Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin.

Keep reading if you want to learn about the two ingredients, how they work, and the reasons why you can’t use them together at the same time.

Benzoyl Peroxide: How Does It Work?

One of the most popular ingredients in skin care products used to treat acne breakouts is Benzoyl Peroxide.

This industrial chemical, which is a member of the Peroxide family, has been utilised in medicine for almost a century.

Benzoyl Peroxide is a primary ingredient in cleansers, gels, and creams for skin care and is available in a variety of forms.

A little molecule called Benzoyl Peroxide penetrates the skin more deeply and transports oxygen into the pores where it kills the airless environments that enable acne-causing bacteria to develop.

Although Benzoyl Peroxide is a great acne-fighting ingredient, it is recommended to use it sparingly at first, then gradually cut back on it until you stop using it entirely once the acne has been completely removed.

By doing this, you’ll give the good bacteria a chance to find its balance and stop being harmful to its surroundings and start integrating or even being advantageous for your skin.

The following are some advantages of Benzoyl Peroxide:

  • It has an instant effect on acne.
  • All skin types, even sensitive skin, can handle it to some extent
  • Anyone can afford and obtain it easily
  • Chest, back, and bum acne can all be treated with it better than any other ingredient.

Tretinoin: How Does It Actually Work?

One of the most thoroughly studied anti-ageing and anti-acne treatments on the market today is Tretinoin.

It is a topical retinoid or a derivative of vitamin A that stimulates cell turnover.

One of the primary causes of acne is abnormal skin cell turnover because it results in clogged pores that produce whiteheads and blackheads, which our immune systems react to by inflaming them.

Tretinoin has proven side effects, such as inflammation, which can leave your skin red, sensitive, irritated, and peeling. Despite its incredible efficiency in clearing up clogged pores, it also has some undesirable effects.

Since Tretinoin is a potent active ingredient on its own, you should remember to avoid using skin care products that might worsen these known side effects.

It’s crucial to avoid using scrubs, enzymes, exfoliating acids (particularly AHAs), and harsh, drying cleansers when using Tretinoin because these products might irritate and burn your skin.

While using Tretinoin, it’s also a great idea to switch to a stronger, more occlusive moisturiser and use a mineral over a chemical sunscreen.

Using Tretinoin has some advantages, such as:

  • Improved and even skin tone
  • Smooth appearance
  • Reduced hyperpigmentation
  • Reduces discolouration
  • Minimised acne
  • minimised wrinkles and fine lines.

Risks Associated with Combining Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin

Tretinoin and benzoyl peroxide are two extremely effective ingredients that can help eliminate acne and enhance skin tone and texture.

However, combining them doesn’t provide any advantages because each one works well on its own.

Benzoyl peroxide, for instance, can treat even more severe body acne when used in concentrations of 10%. It also works well for mild to severe acne on the face when used at concentrations of 2.5% to 5%.

Tretinoin, on the other hand, comes in a tiny 20–45 gram tube, therefore it’s better to use it solely on the face and neck.

Tretinoin can be applied to the body, but you won’t be able to cover a significant amount of area without wasting a lot of the product and having to keep buying more.

However, combining Benzoyl peroxide and Tretinoin really has significant side effects that could be harmful to the skin.

The following are the adverse effects of combining Tretinoin and Benzoyl Peroxide:

Causes Dryness on the Skin

Can you imagine applying both Benzoyl Peroxide and Tretinoin can do for your skin? Dryness is one of their most common side effects.

When skin is very dry, it lacks the triglycerides, amino acids, fatty acids, ceramides, and antioxidants that maintain it and keep a strong layer.

Itching and Redness

In addition to causing dryness and dehydration, a weakened skin barrier also offers poor defence against outside attackers and pathogenic invaders.

As a result, even the most repetitive tasks, like washing your face with plain water, are likely to cause your skin to become red and irritated.

Your skin will also be more vulnerable to harm from pathogenic invaders and harmful bacteria.

Severe Peeling and Flaking

Last but not least, mixing Tretinoin and Benzoyl Peroxide will definitely cause severe peeling and flaking, particularly around the mouth.

As the skin adjusts to the active ingredient, both substances initially cause peeling and flaking that normally lasts a few days for Benzoyl Peroxide to a few weeks for Tretinoin.

But using both ingredients at the same time can intensify this occurrence and possibly cause the skin to shed continuously.

This was my experience after combining my 0.05% Tretinoin treatment and 2.5% Benzoyl peroxide, back when I didn’t know and try to get rid of the first purge caused by Tretinoin.

I thought that Benzoyl Peroxide would help to lessen the active cysts and speed up the uncomfortable Tretinoin purging.

In addition to all of that, my skin was so dry and irritated that it felt like it might break even just by attempting to smile.

However, combining Benzoyl Peroxide with Tretinoin is definitely a no-no if you want flawless and healthy skin. Both of these ingredients are great for reducing acne and enhancing the appearance of your skin.

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