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This vs That: Skincare Edition — Sensitive Skin

This vs That: Skincare Edition — Sensitive Skin

Posted by Savannah Katz on Feb 23rd 2024

Navigating the world of skincare products can feel overwhelming, especially when it involves deciphering the various ingredients and uniquely defining characteristics of each. And when it comes to having sensitive skin, selecting the right products for your skincare regime can make all the difference.

With an array of options available at Skin Actives, understanding the differences between various ingredients is crucial for achieving optimal skin health. Let's delve into the benefits of some popular ingredients and their suitability for sensitive skin.

Azeloyl Glycine vs Azelaic Acid

Azeloyl Glycine is a derivative of Azelaic Acid. Azeloyl Glycine’s water solubility, enhanced stability, and absence of pilling issues make it an excellent addition to any skincare routine. Azeloyl Glycine blends seamlessly into water-based serums or creams, ensuring easy application without any residue or clumping. Its enhanced stability ensures that the potency of the active ingredient remains intact over time, providing consistent results with each use. Unlike Azelaic Acid, which can cause discomfort and skin dryness, Azeloyl Glycine offers several advantages for people with sensitive skin. 

Azeloyl Glycine: A derivative of Azelaic Acid, it helps to normalize sebum production, displaying antifungal and antibacterial properties. Additionally, it is used in cosmetics to fight blemish prone skin and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

  • Offers a gentler alternative
  • Minimizes irritation associated with Azelaic Acid
  • Contains blemish defensive properties 
  • Helps to reduce hyperpigmentation

Skin Actives’ products that contain Azeloyl Glycine:

  • T-Zone Serum: Tailored for oily and acne-prone skin, it combats blemishes and regulates oil production while also nourishing and hydrating, leaving your skin clear, balanced, and radiant.
  • Azeloyl Glycine DIY Ingredient: Targets blemishes, reduces oiliness, and diminishes the appearance of dark spots, conveniently pre-measured for easy incorporation into your favorite serum, cleanser, or cream for a personalized skincare solution.

Retinyl Acetate vs. Retinol

Both viewed as anti-aging holy grails, Retinyl Acetate and Retinol are both forms of Vitamin A used in skincare. Retinyl Acetate is chemically stable, it slowly turns into active retinol and then retinoic acid when it's on the skin. This slow change helps prevent skin irritation that can happen with using retinol directly. Skin Actives uses retinyl acetate in our products because of its benefits for all skin types, even sensitive. 

Retinyl Acetate: A synthetic Vitamin A derivative formed from retinol and acetic acid. Retinyl acetate is considered more stable than retinol.

  • Less irritation than pure retinol
  • Gently exfoliates to help even skin tone and improve texture
  • Helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Skin Actives’ Products that contain Retinyl Acetate:

  • Vitamin A Serum: Promotes collagen synthesis, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and keeps pores clear without adding excess oil, providing a gentle yet effective solution for smoother, clearer skin.
  • Triple Correction Eye Cream: Formulated to reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles while nourishing and protecting the delicate skin around the eyes for a healthier, more youthful appearance.
  • Vitamin A Cream with ROS BioNet and Apocynin: Promotes skin health and vitality by reducing oxidative stress and enhancing collagen synthesis, while its gentle and lightweight formula effectively exfoliates, renews, and moisturizes the skin, making it suitable for all skin types and perfect for reducing breakouts and fine lines with regular use.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) vs. Ascorbic Acid 

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) and L-Ascorbic Acid are both forms of Vitamin C used in skincare. Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, known for its stability and gentle nature, is a preferred choice for sensitive skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it effective in reducing the inflammation of blemishes without causing irritation, while its antioxidant benefits help protect the skin from environmental damage. Although it may be less potent than pure Ascorbic Acid, here are some key differences to observe between the two ingredients:

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP): A stable, water-soluble form of Vitamin C, offering antioxidant protection and skin brightening benefits, MAP can be transformed by the skin’s natural enzymes into Ascorbic Acid.

  • Retains its potency and is less likely to degrade in skin care products
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant benefits
  • Gently helps eliminate the formation of dark spots and uneven skin tone

Skin Actives’ products with Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP):

  • Vitamin C Toner: Offers protective antioxidant benefits, while also tightening pores, balancing pH levels, promoting even skin tone, and providing hydration. 
  • Rejuvenating Antioxidant Serum: Specially formulated for mature skin to reverse the effects of aging and environmental damage. It provides a light moisturizing effect for a healthy, radiant glow.
  • Ultimate De-Puff Eye Serum: Reduces puffiness and dark circles, offering instant relief with its lightweight, water-based formula. It is ideal for restoring a refreshed and revitalized appearance to tired eyes.

Understanding the differences between various skincare ingredients is essential for those with sensitive skin. By selecting products with ingredients like Azeloyl Glycine, Retinyl Acetate, and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, individuals can achieve effective skincare results without compromising on skin health or comfort. Skin Actives is dedicated to providing our customers with top-quality skincare products, consistently supported by scientific research and factual evidence. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at Our skincare experts will be happy to help!