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How to Use Salicylic Acid and Retinol in Your Skincare Routine to Clear Your Skin and Fight the Signs of Aging

Acne and aging skin? You need these in your arsenal.
Salicylic acid and retinol

Want to know one of life’s cruelest jokes? You can start experiencing the first signs of aging—like fine lines and wrinkles—while you’re still battling the acne breakouts that started in your teenage years.

Fortunately, there are two skincare ingredients that can help: salicylic acid and retinol.

One is a chemical exfoliator, and the other is a vitamin A derivative. They’re both potent—so you may have heard that you can’t safely use them together, or that you need to choose one or the other.

But is that really true? In this tutorial, you will learn all the ways that salicylic acid and retinol can help your skin, how to incorporate them into your routine, and the best products to try now.

What Does Salicylic Acid Do for Your Skin?