If you’ve ever used a hyaluronic acid serum or any other skincare product, you know that it’s pretty easy to spread.
But then, after a while, your skin starts peeling—and then maybe more of it peels off.
Why does this happen?
The answer isn’t as simple as you might think—it depends on what kinds of products you’re using and how often you use them.
How Do You Prevent Hyaluronic Acid From Peeling?
You might have heard of hyaluronic acid as the go-to ingredient for plumping, firming, and smoothing skin.
But did you know that it’s also one of the most common causes of peeling?
If you want to make sure your HA serum doesn’t cause any flaking or irritation, follow these tips:
1. Use a moisturizer
Using a moisturizer is an essential step in preventing hyaluronic acid from peeling.
Moisturizers help keep your skin hydrated, which is essential for keeping wrinkles at bay.
If you’re using a moisturizer with SPF, it will also help prevent sun damage and other skin concerns.
Sagacious Skin Care’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum is formulated to be used alongside any aftercare treatment (such as retinoids).
This serum contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, along with other beneficial ingredients like vitamin B5 and vitamin C—all of which work together to keep your skin healthy and vibrant.
2. Exfoliate lightly
Exfoliating is one of the best ways to make sure your skin will be ready for a spa day.
It removes dead cells, allowing your moisturizer to penetrate more deeply and hyaluronic acid serum to sink in more easily.
You can exfoliate with a variety of products, from scrubs and chemical peels to microdermabrasion treatments.
While choosing an exfoliator for home use, look for one that contains glycolic or lactic acid—these are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which work by dissolving the bonds between dead skin cells so they’re easier to remove.
AHAs also boost collagen production, which keeps skin plump and elastic.
If you want a deep cleaning without any redness or irritation, try this three-step nightly routine:
3. Leave your peeling skin alone
The best way to treat peeling skin is to leave it alone.
This may sound counterintuitive, but you should not pick at your peeling skin or rub it too much, as that can damage the skin and cause scarring.
You also don’t want to use any products on the affected area—this includes moisturizers and face masks.
The only exception would be if your dermatologist recommends otherwise, in which case they’ll provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your hyperpigmentation by using certain products.
The most effective method of prevention is good old-fashioned patience!
Your body needs time to heal itself naturally, so let it do its thing while you stay out of its way!
4. Take a break from your sunscreens.
Many hyaluronic acid users have reported that their skin peeled after they began using sunscreen.
This is because sunscreens can be too harsh for your skin, causing it to peel or become irritated.
If you want to use sunscreen, try using a moisturizer instead of your regular face cream.
Moisturizers are usually less thick than face creams and will not sit on top of your skin as traditional face creams do.
If you choose to use an SPF moisturizer with SPF 15 or greater, you should be fine in terms of preventing any peeling issues caused by sun exposure.
However, if you choose to use an SPF 5 moisturizer instead (or one with no SPF at all), then this could cause some degree of peeling as well due to the higher risk of sunburns when using lower-level protection from the sun’s rays
5. Avoid skincare products with retinol or acids
Avoid using products with retinol or acids.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that’s often used in skin care products to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration.
Acids are the most common ingredients in chemical exfoliants, which are used to help remove dead skin cells and fade acne scars.
If you have dry or dehydrated skin, these types of products can cause peeling over time.
The acids in chemical exfoliants work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells on the surface of your face so that they can be cleared away easily by your body’s natural cleansing mechanisms (sweat glands).
However, if your skin doesn’t have enough moisture for this process to take place without damaging it further, it’s likely you’ll experience some flaking after using one of these products regularly over time.
Why Does Your Hyaluronic Acid Peel Off?
Your skin is trying to get rid of the dead skin cells that are no longer useful by shedding them.
Hyaluronic acid is a moisturizer that helps your skin retain moisture, but it’s too strong for your skin and it peels off as soon as you apply it.
Why Does Your Skin Peel When You Put on Serums?
When your skin is under assault from all of this, it can start to peel.
This is normal! It’s not a bad thing at all; in fact, it’s the opposite—it means that you’re doing something right for your skin.
There are four things that cause peeling with hyaluronic acid serums:
1. Shedding dead skin cells
The skin naturally sheds its outermost layer every 28 days or so (oddly enough this is called “the renewal phase”).
When you add a hyaluronic acid serum to the mix, the new product may be stimulating more rapid shedding than normal—but don’t worry!
That extra regeneration will lead to smoother, more hydrated-looking skin overall long term.
2. Repairing itself
The layer of dead cells underneath your stratum corneum (outermost layer) can get damaged due to environmental factors like pollution and overexposure to sun UV rays.
They also burn off when you exfoliate them away with a manual or chemical exfoliant like retinol cream.
With repeated application of an effective moisturizer containing HA, those cells will once again disappear over time as they are replaced by newer ones underneath them—and as such are removed from view by your own natural shedding process instead of causing visible peeling on top!
3. Exfoliating itself…again!
As mentioned above under “repairing itself,” this type of peeling happens because new layers aren’t being produced fast enough yet between applications.
This means there’s still something left behind after each use.
This time though it’s not just dead cells but also some very fine dirt particles trapped within pores that need removing before moisture gets into place properly again.
These particles don’t block pores up again later on down the road when trying out different products without washing beforehand first (which we do recommend doing each morning before applying any kind).
You’ll notice less flaking overall each day until finally, none appears anymore when using regularly over a longer period.
In conclusion, the best way to prevent your skin from peeling is to start by taking care of it.
You should always use a moisturizer on any dry areas of your skin, even if they don’t peel after applying hyaluronic acid or other skincare products.
Exfoliating lightly and using gentle cleansers are also important steps in keeping your skin healthy so that it doesn’t peel off when applying serums like hyaluronic acid serum or vitamin C serum.