From a scientific perspective, I think you should be able to use all of them, but only at certain times of the day, or alternating days.
For the retinol: AHAs/BHAs and retinol should never be used at the same time of day, since they inactivate one another! The acids work at a very low pH (around 3.5), whereas the retinol only works at a pH of 5.5-6. When you use both together, you get an in-between pH that makes both products ineffective. ExfoliKate has both AHAs (lactic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid). That means you shouldn't be using Exfolikate or your glycolic at the same time as your retinol (you may already know that...) Most dermatologists recommend using AHAs/BHAs and retinol on alternating nights, OR using AHAs/BHAs in the morning and retinol at night.
For the AHAs: If your skin has adjusted to the 10% daily glycolic, then your skin may actually be less sensitive to this product than the average person's. You should be ok to use both, but I wouldn't use both on the same day (since two AHA/BHA products in one day would be too exfoliating).
What this means: If I were you, I'd use the glyolic in the morning and retinol at night most days. If you've got sensitive skin, I would use ExofliKate once or twice a week and skip both the glycolic and retinol on those days. If you don't have sensitive skin, I would do one of the following: A) in the morning I'd use the ExfoliKate and skip the glycolic, then at night still use the retinol, or B) in the morning I'd use the glycolic, then at night use the ExfoliKate and skip the retinol. Try some combinations to see what works best for your skin.
Sorry for the essay, but ingredient interactions can be very complicated!! I hope this helps. When in doubt, ask your dermatologist. :)
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
Probably not a good idea. Too many products to peel the skin don't make the skin make new skin cells any faster, but can have negative effects. Use one and have patience.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
(Colorado Springs. CO)
Too harsh only if you have sensitive skin.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
(Machesney Park, IL)
I use several topical perscription medications for my moderate acne and use this weekly to help keep my pores clean. I use it weekly, the good thing is you can put it on and if it starts tingling to much you can rinse it right off. I leave it on for the full 60 seconds if my skin doesnt feel to sensitive. I would get a sample pack or the .05 ounce (20 bucks) from Sephora before you spend the money on the full size.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
I would not recommend this with retin-a at all. First, nothing resurfaces your skin like retin-a so the cost for this product would just be silly. Additionally, retin-a can cause sensitivity (peeling, redness, etc) so throwing this on top probably isn't a good idea. A gentle exfoliating cleanser used in the morning can help deter peeling and aid in the exfoliating process. Just follow up with your favorite moisturizer and sunscreen. Hope this helps and good luck!
I am on prescription Tazorac from my dermatologist for acne. I use ExfoliKate twice per week at night, and on those nights I skip the Tazorac. I've been doing this for about a month, and everything is working out great. I would recommend skipping other harsh treatments on the same night(s) that you use the ExfoliKate product, but everyone's skin is unique.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
I'm not sure what to tell you about the glycolic acid, but I'm using the Exfolikate with DDF's retinol energizing moisturizer and everything is working out great. I hope you find a regimen that works well for you!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago