It is no secret that the best way to fight the inevitable aging process and combat skincare issues like fine lines, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and acne is by using skin care formulated with ingredients like Retinoids, Vitamin C, Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Beta Hydroxy Acids. Those with sensitive skin or a weakened barrier typically avoid these ingredients. Until now…Welcome micro-dosing skincare.
Micro-dosing skin care involves using formulas with a small percentage of concentrations, to gently train skin without disrupting barrier health. It is meant to be a more gradual process to achieve results with powerful skin care ingredients like Retinoids, Vitamin C, AHAs and BHAs. People with sensitive skin can especially benefit from micro-dosing, as their skin is more prone to irritation and dryness. With micro-dosing, they can use more potent skin care ingredients without stripping their skin. The goal of micro-dosing is to eventually work up to full concentration.
Retinoids have benefits to skin besides collagen synthesis that could be activated at lower doses, including improved skin texture and tone. Start with a .025% concentration and work your way up to .1%.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
AHAs are formulated at concentrations of 10% or higher, which can be irritating for sensitive skin. Both glycolic and lactic acid can also be effective at 8% concentrations.
Beta Hydroxy Acids
BHAs typically have a 0.5 to 2% concentration. If micro-dosing choose, skincare with a 0.5% concentration.
Sensitivity to Vitamin C is extremely rare but L Ascorbic Acid (the most active form of Vitamin C) can cause irritation in hypersensitive skin. Pick between 8% - 20% concentration of Vitamin C in your skincare products.
Megan's Pro Tip - When trying new ingredients like retinoids, AHA, BHA and Vitamin C always start with a patch test before applying the product to your entire face. There is always a chance of a reaction. And do not micro-dose multiple products with the same ingredient. Layering multiple products with the same active ingredient can cause adverse reactions to your skin. Lastly, always speak with a dermatologist to see what percentages are best for your skin type.
Here are some of my top pics for Micro-Dosing -
iS Clinical Moisturizing Complex contains 1% Retinyl Palmitate - naturally found in our skin and is one of the safest forms of Vitamin A
iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex a combination of Vitamin A & Vitamin C
Skin Therapy Peel Liquid Exfoliant contains Lactic, Malic & Mandelic Acids
Saian Skin Care Active Rx Mask contains Salicylic and Glycolic Acids
iS Clinical Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid
iS Clinical GeneXC Serum contains 20% L-Ascorbic Acid
Skin Therapy Vitamin C Plus contains 95% L- Ascorbic Acid