Retin-A (0.025%) Before and After
Hi guys! I’m 27 years old and I started using Retin A OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream
Fine lines & wrinkles moisturizers
Sep. 1, 2020
LilybearHeard good results from many ppl with the Obagi Retinol too. Your skin definitely looks healthier and the glow is on. Its amazing
Oct. 28, 2020
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I have completed my first month of accutane! Now that I’ve finished the first month, my dosage is going up so I’m anticipating more dryness. 😩🏜 PROS: WILL I EVER WASH MY HAIR AGAIN!? It’s never greasy anymore and has so much body! THIS PART IS BOMB. Cons: oh my aching EYES. You know when it’s allergy season and your eyes ache and burn? Well picture that but like you’ve slept with your eyes pried WIDE OPEN ALL NIGHT with sand and sun blowing into them. Also, skin around nose is dry AF. Love looking like I have bats in the cave at all times. Also my hands peel?! I’ve never had ashy dry hands til now. Products that have been helpful when dealing with the shedding uglies and dry skin misery: CeraVe - Healing Ointment Feels greasy but offers sweet relief from painful skin cracking. Dr.Dan's - CORTIBALM LIP BALM HOLY GRAIL LIP BALM. Bio-Oil - Dry Skin Gel Feels greasy, but makes body skin feel nice after showering and before bed. Kiehl's - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer Sinks into skin nicely, doesn’t clog my pores, keeps skin feeling good all day. Murad - Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ I loved this before accutane and still love it. It’s a nice sunscreen because there’s no white cast and the shiny goes away quickly. GOOD MOLECULES - Hyaluronic Acid Serum Nice applicator and bottle, sinks in quick and not sticky! AND ITS CHEAP. Winner!! Tried one bottle and ordered three more because it offers such a nice hydration boost. ACCUTANE USERS: I CANNOT RECOMMEND THE DR DANS LIP BALM ENOUGH. IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING for painful lip cracks, shedding, and tightness in the lips. 1000000% worth finding.
Will you sashay or will you stay? 😔🤚🏼
I thought I'd give some thoughts on skin care products I have tried in 2020. I will talk about more products in future posts, but let's start with this. What I loved ❤ NEOGENLAB - Sur.Medic Azulene Soothing Pepthide Ampoule After my skin got randomly sensitive (currently being screened for lupus), a lot of products I already had in my routine just didn't work for me anymore and would make my skin angry. I needed to repair my skin barrier and use different products from what I used to use for my then acne-prone skin that could take a lot. This product was key in calming my skin and repairing my moisture barrier. This contains 10 peptides, Azulene blue capsule and ceramide capsules. Holy grail! The Ordinary - ''Buffet'' I heard somewhere that for peptides to be effective, you have to use them AM & PM. I use this in my bedtime routine to maintain the effects of the NEOGENLAB ampoule mentioned above. It's cheap and the packaging is glass. Very easy to incorporate this in your routine when taking a break from retinol that can be irritating. NEOGENLAB - Real Rerment Micro Essence I use this after double cleansing at night and it's so good. My skin just drinks it up and it doesn't leave any tackiness. It's super gentle and will give you a boost of hydration after your cleansing step. Been using this every day since this summer and I'm not even halfway done with the bottle. COSRX - Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence My skin has gone through changes this year, but this is one of the products that remained in my routine. I use this in the morning before my serums and it makes my skin looks so great! It's kind of gooey at first, but turn to a watery texture pretty quickly. It's actually impressive how this just sinks into your skin. It helps with my acne scars and post-inflammation hyperpigmentation. One pump is enough for my whole face! BIOSSANCE - Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream Many claim that eye creams are not necessary and I believe them. I personally like to use one because I set my concealer with powder and it can be a little drying. This is lightweight and is a good base before eye makeup. Helped with my fine lines and the packaging is glass. 4 stars cause it's not a necessity. Products I disliked 💔 Perricone MD - Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream This eye cream is so heavy and oily it gave me a few milias. Total rip off for the price and it contains palm oil. DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum I incorporated more niacinamide in ny routine and stopped using acids more than twice a week, so this is not a necessity unless you have 100$ laying around. Can be irritating. Kiehl's - Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizer It worked good when I used to be on antibiotics for cystic acne, but now my skin doesn't absorb it, makes me greasy and breaks me out cause it's clogging. I recommend only if you have dry and flaky skin.
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So I haven’t been on here in a little while because I’ve been trying to take a break on taking photos of my face and looking at skincare social media because it’s really compromised my mental health and I’m a lot less stressed about it when I’m not constantly focused on it if that makes sense :) Anyways WHOLE NEW ROUTINE last time I checked in I had mentioned I switched to differin, I’m not too sure if that helped me, I did purge a lot. But skin has healed so much faster since stopping differin I finally got to visit the derm and she told me to go back on tretinoin 0.025% to use every night, and she also prescribed me with the clindamycin topical solution 1% to use once every morning. She also advised me to go back on birth control. At first I was not fond of that because birth control AKA I.U.D HELL brought this acne upon me in the first place. But she recommended it to get my hormones back in check, but she also stated she wasn’t comfortable prescribing me spirlactone (which is what I was aiming for) without using BC even though I stated to her I am not sexually active currently and I don’t plan to be for a very long time. Anyways, I made an appointment with my obgyn and got on birth control pills, if you are curious to which one it’s called “Drospirenone” I haven’t started them yet because she told me to wait until the first Sunday during my period. But I have been consistently using the tret and the clindamycin every day for only a week and a half so far and I’ve already seen a lot of improvement. I don’t want to get too excited because I this is what happened the first time with tret, it was great the first week or two and then my skin started to purge. I’ve now been through the purging process 3 times. And it’s gonna be torture to go through it again but if it happens then it happens 🙏 Super nervous to start the birth control for the same reason but I can only be positive and hope for the best! My full routine currently is AM ￼VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser ￼clindamycin topical solution 1% (derm prescribed) ￼LA ROCHE-POSAY - Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV SPF 30 *im switching to a higher spf PM ￼VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser ￼Neutrogena - Hydro Boost Gel-Cream (the extra dry unscented version) ￼OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream(derm prescribed) And sometimes I like to put another thin layer of moisturizer on top once the tret is absorbed to prevent irritation and dryness
Winter Skincare Routine for Sensitive Skin ❄️
Hey everyone! Figuring out a skincare routine that works for me and my skin has been quite a journey, especially in the colder winter months, so I wanted to share it with you! Just as a quick background, my skin is VERY sensitive and is combination, leaning toward the dry side in the winter. I can also be acne prone, but that is typically only when I am using products that don’t work well with my skin. AM Routine ☀️: VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser I have been LOVING this cleanser! I bought it a few months ago to replace my old favorite CeraVe Foaming Facial cleanser, because I figured out that my skin just can’t handle Niacinamide. This new cleanser has been great for my sensitive skin and cleans really well without being overly stripping! PAULA'S CHOICE - Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator I have used this product for about a year now, and can say nothing but wonderful things! It has been a miracle product for me and has really smoothed out my skin texture. I use this exfoliant five times per week, highly recommend. The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% I used to use a Benzoyl Peroxide treatment for this step to treat acne, but I couldn’t deal with my clothes getting bleached anymore. I opted for this product instead and have been very pleased with the results: clear, bright skin! CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin This moisturizer works SO well with my skin! I’ve been using it for years, and it has always provided the perfect amount of moisture and is never irritating! VERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream I started using this eye cream a few months ago, and have really liked it so far! It provides a great amount of moisture! KINSHIP - Self Reflect Probiotic Moisturzing Sunscreen Zinc Oxide SPF 32 I just started using this spf after the whole Purito fiasco! So far, I love it! It has not caused me to break out, and it has not irritated my sensitive skin. It is also moisturizing and leaves a nice glowy skin finish. PM Routine 🌙: VANICREAM - Gentle Facial Cleanser OBAGI - Tretinoin 0.025% Cream I received a prescription from my dermatologist for a Tretinoin Cream, and I love it SO much! The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% CeraVe - Daily Moisturizing Lotion For Normal To Dry Skin VERSED - ZERO-G Smoothing Eye Cream #Rodan and Fields - Lash Boost[products]#[FourStars] This lash serum has made a noticeable change in my lashes. A bit irritating, but the results are worth it to me! CeraVe - Healing Ointment AMAZING moisturizing product to slather on at night, nothing but good things to say! I started using this product this fall. My skin has never felt more hydrated when I wake up in the morning! #sluglife
If you can’t find a good product i highly recommended curology! Yes you have ups and downs and purging just like any product. But if you stick through you won’t regret it. You’ll start by sending your assigned professional pictures of your face and they’ll try to pick three ingredients that they believe will help improve your needs (acne, dark spots, wrinkles, texture) and after some use if you don’t think it’s helping they will change your formula as many times as needed to help you achieve what you want. I’ve been using it since Aug 2018 and loveeee it.
Let’s talk tretinoin
If your skin concerns include acne or aging, you’ve probably heard of tretinoin: the prescription-only ingredient that promises to speed up skin cell turnover, revealing bright, wrinkle-free, clear skin. I’ve been using tretinoin for close to a year now, so here are some tips if it’s new to you: don’t underestimate it. it’s prescription only for a reason: it’s very strong and can very easily dry out your skin. read the directions. my Curology - Curology formula is supposed to be applied about 20 minutes after I wash my face, so my skin has time to completely dry. however, the #Apostrophe - formula[products]#[FourStars] can be applied immediately after cleansing. ease into it. your derm will probably advise you to apply every other night at first, working up to every night. buffer it. buffering just means you apply moisturizer BEFORE applying tret, or that you mix the two together. this can reduce the drying effects of the tret without reducing its efficacy. USE SUN PROTECTION. like many other skincare products, tret increases skin’s sensitivity to sun, so layer on the SPF! and lastly, give it time. tret is not an overnight solution; like all skincare, you won’t see the full results until you’re several months in. for those who are wondering, I recently switched from curology to apostrophe because apostrophe offers a wider range of oral medications in addition to topical treatments. curology is cheaper and I definitely still recommend it: my providers were always very responsive and adjusted my formula multiple times. sadly, I have very stubborn hormonal acne and after trying everything curology had to offer, I decided to switch. I’m hoping the oral meds + tret are the right combination for me. has anyone else tried either of these telemedicine services? how have they worked for you?
BELIEVE THE HYPE? Personalized acne care.
You’ve seen the ads and the YouTube videos right? You were skeptical too? YUP, me too. Is Curology worth the investment? We’ve all seen the ads and videos. I caved in 6 months ago and decided to try curology . Last fall my skin started to break out and I had a hard time getting it under control, so I said why not and ordered my first bottle of curology . My first bottle was a really, in my opinion, generic formula. My formula was Niacinamide, Azelaic Acid, and Clindamycin. From working in a dermatology office, I knew my formula wasn’t anything special. I noticed other reviews that had the same formula, so my guess is that is the “go to” formula for basically everyone. The first formula didn’t do much for me so I reached out to my curology Dr. and she changed my formula for me. My new formula added Zinc into it and I instantly started to see a difference in my skin. Curology - Curology formula I apply this pretty much every night unless I forget. I apply it as my last serum and then lay my moisturizer and face oil over it. + it’s very hydrating. + after adjusting, the formula is just right for me. + it keeps a lot of little breakouts at bay. + when my skin needs a break from my routine, I just use this. + I pay $40 every 2 months for the bigger size bottle. This an experience catered just for my skin, so I can’t speak for everyone, but I have really enjoyed it. It’s part of my routine and I don’t plan on taking it out. If you are looking for something new to try, curology may be for you. The first bottle is free with just $5 shipping. My best advice is to give it at least 3 months to see signs of improvement and have your formula adjusted if needed! I don’t regret this and will continue to keep my subscription! . Who else has tried curology ?
Skin purging? Horomonal acne? It’s hard to tell
This week is my second week with the CeraVe - Resurfacing Retinol Serum and so far so good :). My only concern right now is one that is common when using a new active ingredient: Is my skin purging or is this not the product for me? In the picture you can tell I have some closed comedones that are making themselves more seen and on the first picture which is my right cheek it looks like an acne battlefield. I’m trying to calm myself and not do anything crazy because I know doing too much can be as much harm as not doing enough but of course my self confidence is a bit down in the gutters 😭 I have also introduced a new moisturizer into my routine which is the HOLIKA HOLIKA - Aloe 99% Soothing Gel which is very soothing and lightweight and I have been using it as my daytime and nighttime moisturizer. (I will get into whether it is worthy or not in another post) The cerave retinol is said to resurface the skin, which is what I think is happening now so I’m trying to remain calm and let the product do its work. For now I’m just thankful we have to wear masks so not only I can wear my pimple patches in public, but people won’t know my skin is acting crazy right about now 😭
HOLIKA HOLIKA-Aloe 99% Soothing Gel
Are those tiny bumps in my face, fungal acne? I recently started using CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream and CAUDALIE - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum The Brightening Solution. I am not sure whether they cause these tiny bumps on my face. Any help is appreciated 😊
CAUDALIE-Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Overnight Cream
I used this gel too with the Derma e acne cream. This has panthenol & allantoin ingredients. For older scars apply twice a day for 3-6 months. For new scars, apply 2-3 times daily for 8 weeks. Scoop a small amount and gently massage into skin. I’m using for my acne scars. I will post results in the future. 🤓
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