Skin Cycling: What it is and how it works

Skin Cycling: What it is and how it works

Trending Skincare Topic: Skin Cycling

The newest skincare trend buzzing around social media is a regimen called skin cycling*. This product use timetable is meant to help you with a schedule that will provide you with the best results for your skin products while helping avoid the overuse of anything that might be too powerful or harsh when used daily.

We asked one of our skin care professionals, Serena Weidner, NP-C, to provide professional insight into this new trend.

So, what is skin cycling exactly and how does it work?

“Skin cycling is great for those who have sensitive skin and are unable to apply a retinoid on a nightly basis.”


 Skin cycling is a 4-night schedule cycle that involves the following:

  • Lead each step every night with a gentle cleanser
  • Also, follow each step every night with a moisturizer
Night 1:           Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is important because it helps prepare your skin for the next night as well as moisturize it.

“My favorite is Pinnacle’s Gly-Sal Pads. This product removes excess oil on the skin.”

Night 2:           Retinoid

Using a retinoid is beneficial for your skin, it can help stimulate collagen production and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It can also help with skin conditions like acne.

“Retinoid helps prevent skin cancers like basal cell, squamous cell, and precancerous growths. A pea-sized amount is enough.”

Nights 3 & 4:   Recover with Moisturizers

Use these two nights to make sure your skin is hydrated and moisturized.

“Moisturizing at night is the best because during deep sleep your body works to repair cells.”


It’s always important to consult your dermatologist before starting a new skincare routine, especially if you struggle with chronic skin conditions. If you are looking for a dermatologist, or are in need of an annual total body skin exam, visit


*The trend of skin cycling comes from Dr. Whitney Bowe, a board-licensed dermatologist, who created this schedule to help people with sensitive skin.

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