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Did you ever start using the alpha arbutin? I just ordered some, and wondered what your experience has been. My intention is to mix it with the niacinamide/NAG and use at night. I am using licorice root right now, but not long enough to tell if it will yield results.
In the literature and some products I see that 3% is common.
This thread is more about mixing your own formulations...not whether one can use products at the same time. The skincare board is probably a better place to post your question. It might be overlooked here.
I wish I could give you an answer...I use retin a but not copper peptides.
A good rule of thumb is to go by pH of the unbuffered solution. If your desired concentration will have a low pH unbuffered when mixed with water, do not mix it with a product that has a much higher pH unbuffered when mixed with water. Generally the substance will be most effective unbuffered.
All the B-vitamins should be at or around neutral.
Ascorbic acid is acidic. But the C derivatives might be ok at neutral pHs.
Do not mix ascorbic with B vitamins. They should be separate topicals. Wait a half hour or so before layering, or use one in the AM and one in the PM.
If you are not sure, look it up or ask here.
Sometimes there are additional constraints. We only know what has been studied, and some of these combinations have not been tested. So less is sometimes more. If you want lots of different actives it's safest to alternate use from day to day rather than put too many in the same formula. Just because there is a product out there that does make these combos that does not mean it will work. It's probably ineffectual but most people would not know that.
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