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The digital skin care mail bag: Glycolic Acid and Retinol, Skin Care Essentials, & Oily Skin vs. Acne Skin

The digital skin care mail bag: Glycolic Acid and Retinol, Skin Care Essentials, & Oily Skin vs. Acne Skin


It's mail time! Once again, the skin care mail bag is stuffed with questions from the SkinReading blog, our Bioelements Facebook and Twitter pages, and skin care professionals from all over the country! You've got questions… we've got answers:

Glycolic Acid and Retinol

Q: Can I use a product that contains glycolic acid in addition to one that contains retinol?

A: Absolutely! Glycolic acid is a powerful exfoliant that digests dead skin cells in order to remove the layer of dulling skin that can inhibit the absorption of important active ingredients. Used prior to applying a product that contains stabilized retinol, glycolic acid can help the active ingredients penetrate the skin more effectively. Using a chemical exfoliator like Quick Refiner prior to a product that contains time-released retinol like Sleepwear can prepare skin to better absorb the active, age-fighting ingredients in Sleepwear.

Skin Care Essentials

Q: I use a rich moisturizer, but my skin still feels taut after cleansing.

A: A cleanser's job is to remove makeup and environmental impurities, but even the gentlest cleansers can remove natural oil, nutrients, and moisture from skin once it's rinsed off with water (water will throw off your skin's pH level). A moisturizer will help replenish the missing moisture and create a protective barrier, but it doesn't always replace the nutrients that balance and hydrate skin. The solution? A toner. In order to replenish what cleansing and rinsing can deplete, toners are packed with ingredients that 'feed' and rebalance your skin according to its needs. It can also prepare your skin to better absorb active ingredients in products you apply afterward, so your moisturizer will be more effective. Once applied, a toner should remove the "tight" feeling that occurs after rinsing your skin with water.

Want to learn even more? Read about the essential skin care steps you should follow from Bioelements Director of Education, Teresa Stenzel.

Oily Skin vs. Acne Skin

Q: What is the difference between Bioelements products for Very Oily skin and products for Acne skin?

A: Not all people with oily or very oily skin experience the same acne or visible irritation than those with acne-prone skin can have. Very oily skin typically experiences excess oil soon after cleansing and may notice large pores. Products in the Very Oily product line are formulated to target pores, balance skin's water-to-oil ratio, and keep skin shine in check. On the other hand, Bioelements Acne Clearing System is designed to penetrate pores and remove bacteria without over-drying skin. Of course, there are products you will find in both product lines because those with very oily skin aren't without the occasional breakout! For the times when an unexpected crop pops up, use Breakout Control to dry and clear up acne pimples and prevent new blemishes from forming.

Not sure whether you have oily skin, acne-prone skin, or something else altogether? Find your skin type and start using the right products to get the skin you've always wanted.

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