Are Products With Single Ingredients More Effective? Dr Karishma Breaks It Down

Sharon AlphonsoSharon Alphonso  |  Feb 10, 2021
Single Ingredient Products Vs Multiple Ones


In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a rising demand for single-ingredient products. Think Vitamin C, glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, plant-derived squalane, pure argan oil, virgin marula oil, the list goes on. 

For some weird reason, many of us assume that a single-ingredient product is more effective than products with multiple active ingredients in them. How far is this true? To throw some light on the subject, we’ve looped in Dr Karishma Kagodu of Karishma Aesthetics


Are Single Ingredient Products Better Than Ones With Multiple Ingredients?


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There is a rising trend towards using ingredient-focused products like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Salicylic Acid, Retinol and Hyaluronic acid. People tend to believe that these products are more effective. Let’s bust that myth today, shall we? 

Neither product is better than the other, it all boils down to what works for your skin. What differentiates these two products is the ‘concentration’ of ingredients found in the formula. 

A product with a single ingredient will have a higher concentration of that ingredient. If that same product was being made using a cocktail of ingredients, each ingredient will be diluted to complement one another. The most important step here is to understand your skin’s concern & treat it accordingly.

If your skin’s concern is simple, like getting rid of dryness & dehydration, a single ingredient-based product will work for you. However, if you’re looking to target a variety of skin concerns like getting rid of acne, scars, exfoliate your skin and reduce pigmentation – then a product with multiple ingredients would work best for you. 

Unless you have experience and in-depth knowledge about skincare ingredients & how to layer them correctly, it is best you steer clear of using multiple products in your routine. 

Here’s something you might not know. Some ingredients work best in conjunction with others. For example, a Vitamin C serum when combined with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E, makes it a potent blend that effectively penetrates through your skin, minimising any irritation. While other ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid work well even in isolation. 

Just for the record, neither option is better than the other. They both come with their own share of pros and cons. Do your research, speak to a dermatologist & see what works best for your skin!

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