Microdosing slowly introduces active ingredients to the skin by using a lower dose of the, which helps your skin get used to these products without the irritation. Active ingredients help skin with hyper-pigmentation, dullness, aging, and acne.
Some examples of active ingredients are:
Retinoids: are the gold standard in anti-aging products. They increase collagen production, fade age spots, improve clogged pores, and reduce fine lines.
Glycolic acid helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, exfoliate the skin, fade hyperpigmentation and improve skin tone.
Vitamin C boosts collagen in the skin, fades scars, brightens the skin, and evens out skin tone.
Using these active ingredients can help the skin with long-term anti-aging. It is always a shame when someone reacts to these products because it discourages them from using a product that may benefit their skin greatly. It’s essential to get advice from a licensed esthetician about using these products, how to use them and when to use them, and the time of day to use them.
Using products with active ingredients can compromise the skin if they are not used correctly or are too strong for your skin type. Skin can become irritated quickly, particularly fragile or thin skin.
When skin becomes red or inflamed, it is more prone to hyper-pigmentation or scarring. Some products that help eliminate pigmentation can create sun sensitivity but if they are misused create inflammation. A slower approach is where micro-dosing can benefit.
Active ingredients are not one size fits for everyone’s skin type. This problem I saw consistently in the treatment room. Someone may love the benefits of an active ingredient, but it was too much of a good thing, and I was always happy to see a skincare line that had options for dosing. No one likes to see their skin red and irritated, and it makes people turn off the very thing that could help their skin.
We may be coming out of an era where people feel something isn’t working unless their skin is burning. I, for one, love this approach to skincare.
A pre-measured dose means there is not much room for mistakes in using too much product. Pre-packaged quantities also mean that the product remains fresh longer which is great for people using Vitamin C.
If you know you are super sensitive, you can always try a dab of whatever you are planning on using on the inside of your arm and wait a few days to see if any reaction develops. Taking this step may help relieve your mind if you are concerned about any response.
Microdosing is a great alternative for sensitive skin or rosacea-type skins as you benefit from using the active ingredients in a controlled dose through a pre-measured ampule just for your skin type. It can be exhilarating to see the changes in your skin from using the proper regimen for your unique skin every day. Skincare is all about consistency.
The best anti-aging product out there will always be sunscreen. Using sunscreen daily will help to counteract the damaging effects of aging. I will be reviewing several sunscreens over the summer. Check back to see which one might be a good fit for you!