Skin care ABC: Active ingredients at a glance | +2023

Skincare ABC
Skincare ingredients at a glance

Skin product: care recommendations

© Jan Rickers

When choosing a product, it is not primarily about how it feels after the first application on the complexion (unless of course it itches or burns), but rather the question: How do I find active ingredients that work where mine skin needs help?

What helps in which case – and how quickly?

These active ingredients can work wonders, but note: they too take time to do their job effectively. Usually at least four weeks – that’s how long it takes for the skin to completely renew itself and recover from skin irritations such as redness, enlarged pores and pigment spots.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Apply to: Lines, wrinkles, blemishes, pigment spots, sallow skin
Even better with: vitamin C
Works after: 2 to 4 weeks

Beta Hydroxy Acid

Apply to: Blemishes, acne, redness
Even better with: Panthenol to soothe the skin
Works after: 2 to 4 weeks


Apply to: Imperfections, pigment spots, large pores
Even better with: azelaic acid or zinc
Works after: 4 to 12 weeks

vitamin C

Apply to: Lines, wrinkles, lack of moisture, pigment spots
Even better with: vitamin E
Works after: 6 to 8 weeks


Apply to: Lines, wrinkles, pigment spots, acne, pimple marks
Even better with: Sunscreen and ceramides
Works after: 8 to 12 weeks


Apply to: Redness, neurodermatitis, rosacea
Even better with: sphingolipids, glycerin, zinc
Works after: 4 to 8 weeks

hyaluronic acid

Apply to: Lines, wrinkles, lack of moisture
Even better with: Retional, ceramides
Works after: 4 to 12 weeks

Production: Sarah Harms

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