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Too much product can be a bad thing

Skin care products that are designed to change the appearance of your skin (rather than just hydrating or moisturizing) such as tretinoin, retinol, or alpha-hydroxy acids are a good thing right? Well, yes they can be an amazing addition to your anti-aging arsenal if used correctly. But here’s the kicker; less is better!

The thing is; these products/ingredients are actually created to be used sparingly. Anything more than a pea sized amount for the entire face is too much.

Using too much of these intense ingredients can result in redness, inflammation, peeling, and swollen eyes. If you go a little crazy with any of these ingredients you may notice that your skin around your eyes, mouth, and nose gets red, irritated, and itchy. Be very careful not to apply these products too close to your eyes or mouth and try stretching the skin by your nose to avoid getting too much in the little crevices by your nostrils.

irritated eye area

Tretinoin, retinol, and alpha hydroxy acids can be very beneficial for fighting the signs of aging but overdoing it will backfire and actually make your skin look worse (albeit temporarily.) Too much of a good thing in this situation can end up being a bad thing.

Written by Victoria Girard
Victoria Girard helps women all over the world improve their skin with powerful tools such as red LED light therapy, natural skin care products, and tips on living a healthy lifestyle.