Using Glycolic & Retinol Together

Glycolic and Retinol are both skin care actives that will certainly improve your skin. Both help stimulate collagen production, improve discoloration, reduce fine lines, and refine texture. And all the pros - dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians will agree. 

Combining Glycolics and Retinols in your skin care regime can help the skin plump and decrease wrinkles over time.

Glycolics is a fruit acid that acid that exfoliates the top dead layers of the skin

Retinols work to re-epithelialize the skin increasing enzymes that produce collagen and elastin within the skin.


Glycolic acid is a mild, yet excellent exfoliant that knows how to get the job done. It really shines when it comes to making your skin glow, reducing the appearance of pores, and improving your skin’s overall look and texture. Glycolic acid removes the top layer of dead skin cells to show the fresh, smooth skin underneath, giving your skin new radiance and a smooth finish. 


Getting rid of acne and reducing melanin is where retinol’s strengths lie. Made from vitamin A derivatives, retinol, like glycolic acid, helps fade sun spots, other dark spots, and skin discoloration caused by variations in pigmentation.

What To Watch Out For?

Though there are some tingling effects from glycolic acid (perfectly normal), it is generally mild and considered good for most skin types. Some retinols have more potency to help with stubborn acne, but it tends to be more drying on the skin and there is the risk of some temporary peeling.

The Professionals Agree

And all the pros - dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians will agree. 

While both have benefits that overlap, they also work slightly different in the way they benefit your skin. They can help with acne, fine lines, wrinkles, pore size and giving your skin that glowing radiance.

Suggested Ways To Use 

1. Alternate using glycolic and retinols at night after you cleanse your face.

2. Use the glycolic in the morning and retinol at night

Watch out for any over exfoliation which could appear as reddness or peeling skin. Then pull back on the products.

A glycolic peel combined with use of glycolic and retinol at home can really help you achieve smooth and healthy looking skin. Work them into your daily skin care regime and you will see the benefits.