Lethal Beauty Product Combos
OK, maybe they won't kill you, but mixing some skin care products can annihilate your complexion
Using retinol or Retin-A (the stronger, prescription form of retinol) makes the skin barrier more penetrable, which means the ingredients in a professional-grade chemical peel will get deep into your skin, fast. While you might think that sounds like a good idea, it's actually a recipe for burning and irritation, along with physical reactions like redness, peeling, crusting, swelling and blistering. A too-deep peel can even increase your chances of getting a post-peel infection, especially if you can't resist applying makeup to cover up that persistent redness. Dr. Graf says that the process of preparing for a peel varies by patient and the type and strength of the chemicals used, so talk to your dermatologist a few weeks before the peel to get an idea of the proper pre-op procedure for your skin.
SEE NEXT PAGE: Toner + Retinol = A Waste of Money