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Micro-Dosing Skincare

Micro-Dosing Skincare

Micro-Dosing Skincare

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.

Vitamin C 

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 -

Skin Therapy Vitamin A Plus Serum

Vitamin A Plus Serum


iS Clinical Moisturizing Complex contains 1% Retinyl Palmitate - naturally found in our skin and is one of the safest forms of Vitamin A

Moisturizing Complex

iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex a combination of Vitamin A & Vitamin C

Youth Eye Complex 

Skin Therapy Peel Liquid Exfoliant contains Lactic, Malic & Mandelic Acids

Peel Liquid Exfoliant


Saian Skin Care Active Rx Mask contains Salicylic and Glycolic AcidsActive RX Mask


iS Clinical Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid

Tri-Active Exfoliating Masque

iS Clinical GeneXC Serum contains 20% L-Ascorbic Acid

GenexC Serum

Skin Therapy Vitamin C Plus  contains 95% L- Ascorbic Acid

Vitamin C Plus

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