This is what it looks like: The red, blotchy skin associated with a niacin flush. I'd love to hear about your results! So, one night you could apply your niacinamide after cleansing. © 2020 The Skincare Edit. While there are a few acid treatments out there that also give you a low dose of niacinamide (like the COSRX AHA and BHA), I do recommend using separate products if you want to see the best results. The Problem with Mixing Niacinamide and Acid Together. Your best bets for high-dose niacinamide are: Now, what happens if you mix niacinamide with your AHA or BHA of choice, or layer one straight on top of the other? While it is temporary and harmless, who wants to have to wait a couple hours for their crazy red skin to go away? But no, you won't be getting all of the potential benefits. I use 3-4 drops morning and night, after exfoliating in the morning and after I’ve taken my makeup off in the evening. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. So I recently just bought the lactic acid 10% + HA and Niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% from The Ordinary however I do not know when to use them. First, let's review the reasons WHY you'd want to include these two ingredients in your skincare routine. Slather on a … If a higher concentration would be better, could you recommend a niacinamide product that I could mix with the BHA to apply them simultaneously? My plan is to add the Lactic Acid into my PM routine, either before or after using the Niacinamide. It's all about acids, retinoids and copper peptides. This is a product for oily skin only. ( Log Out /  Here are the best AHA and BHA treatments that also have niacinamide in their ingredients lists. Acids, on the other hand, need to be separated from higher-pH products by about 30 minutes, to allow them time to work at their optimal pH. Before you mix or layer these ingredients, read this. That way, each product is able to work at its intended pH. So I recently just bought the lactic acid 10% + HA and Niacinamide 10% + zinc 1% from The Ordinary however I do not know when to use them. Are you happy with the results or do you want to simplify to spend less time on skincare? There are a few studies that saw two percent helped with pigmentation, oily skin and increasing hydration. Nobody! The Lactic Acid is again a thin liquid which spreads even more easily than the Niacinamide, but this one has a slightly orange colour, but once it has been applied you wouldn’t know, your face doesn’t turn orange. Another option is to apply your niacinamide and acid on alternate mornings or nights. The Lactic Acid is again a thin liquid which spreads even more easily than the Niacinamide, but this one has a slightly orange colour, but once it has been applied you wouldn’t know, your face doesn’t turn orange. To REALLY get the benefits of niacinamide, you're going to need a product with at least four or five percent, because that's the amount used in most of the clinical studies. I first actually looked at the products because they appeared on ASOS, and I was absolutely shocked by the prices, IT’S SO CHEAP! A less-is-more approach to clear, smooth, hydrated skin. My name is Phoebe Walsh, I am 21, and a Fashion Buying & Merchandising student at The University of Manchester. If those are the only things you're looking to treat, then you might be fine with this low amount. I've tested this out myself, and it's no joke. So I finally got round to writing a review on the two The Ordinary products I have been using for the past couple of months, I have been banging on about these products right from the beginning but I wanted to have used them for a considerable amount of time to try and get a better idea of their results. Chemical exfoliants that include glycolic acid and lactic acid (AHAs) and salicylic acid and its derivatives (BHAs). Works by giving our cells the energy to carry out their functions. (Note that COSRX is the only brand that is transparent about the exact concentration.). An easy way to use both niacinamide and acid is to apply them at different times of day. Both AHAs and BHAs exfoliate the skin surface, encouraging old dead skin cells to shed off, revealing fresh new skin underneath. This product I just use 3 drops at night after the Niacinamide, it is a fairly strong formula – you can also buy this product at 5% Lactic Acid – and so I wouldn’t advise applying this more than once a day. Then you can apply your niacinamide, which will be around pH 5.0 to 7.0, without having to worry about the niacin conversion. So they're also great for acne-prone skin, large pores and excess oil production. But I don’t know if you can use them together or maybe just use niacinamide in the morning and lactic acid … It is a very thin, clear liquid that spreads easily and it only slightly stung for the first few days, and it was low key at that, so it’s really nothing to worry about at all and it now only ever stings when it’s in direct contact with a new spot. So start with the acid, straight after cleansing, since it's going to be around pH 3.0 to 4.0. This study compared the absorption of AHAs at pH 3.0 and 7.0, and found that the higher the pH, the less the skin absorbs. View phoebe.walsh.35’s profile on Facebook, THE ORDINARY: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% & Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, THE ORDINARY: Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% & Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%. There are also AHA-BHA combination treatments, such as. Niacinamide treatments from Glossier, Paula’s Choice, SkinCeuticals, Skin Inc Supplement Bar and The Ordinary.