This ingredient saved my skin🤫❣️
Hello lovelies! ❣️ Today, i’d like to talk more about my favorite and my holy grail ingredient -- 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐧. 🌟 Tretinoin, also known as 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐝, is an active form of 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐧 𝐀. It is the 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞-𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐝 prescription retinoid for anti-aging and other handful of skin issues. 🌟 Tretinoin is considered the benchmark ingredient among dermatologists for treating 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞, 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬, 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐨𝐢𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞❓ Tretinoin stimulates 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 on your skin. Quicker cell turnover opens pores, releasing trapped bacteria or irritants that are causing acne. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and treats hyperpigmentation. The catch? It doesn’t give results immediately. You’ll have to in it for a long haul with Vitamin A. It typically takes around two to three months to really see a difference with consistent tretinoin use, but if you use it long-term, your skin will look significantly younger! Wouldn’t you want that? 🙈 𝐌𝐲 𝐬𝐤𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐬: I have 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐛𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧-𝐨𝐢𝐥𝐲 skin. I have struggled with acne for the past three years. My skin has also been very 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝. I am highly prone to 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐜𝐧𝐞, especially along my jawline and neck and have always struggled with 𝐡𝐲𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐩𝐢𝐠𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 since my teenage years. I get 𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 even from the tiniest comedones and they would usually linger for 6-12 months. 𝐌𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞: I have been using tretinoin since January of 2020. I started with 0.001% from my curology prescription and now 0.05% from Galderma which I use nightly.. I did also try Adapalene from Fall 2019 to the first couple of months of this year, alternating it with tretinoin. When I started Tretinoin, I was on my purging stage with adapalene (brand name Differin), which lasted for few months. I kept my skincare routine simple; gentle cleanser, moisturizer, tretinoin and sunscreen in the AM. I got rid of my fragrance containing products (this is important! Fragrance is highly irritant.) Aside from the purging, I also experienced drying but nothing too extreme. Moreover, my skin became a lil more sensitive so since then I always made sure I don’t use any other active and tretinoin in the same routine. 𝐓𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬: For the first and second month, I've seen no changes in my acne and dark marks at all. However, its effect on texture was almost instant. Tretinoin just turned my skin somewhat buttery and over time seems to prevent bumps from forming. I have not had any bad reaction so far except it dries the skin around the eye area so much (healing ointment is a must!). I’m on my fifth month now and my skin has been so much more resilient, repairs quicker, and post-acne marks now fade so much faster. I have not had any new acne since April either. Hard to believe right? Well, it’s a 𝐥𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐭 𝐠𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 which is why it’s my top recommended ingredient ever since. ❗️ I have also used hydroquinone for 2 months. I will talk about the ingredient in another post. For pictures please refer to my Curology post 😉
Here’s my everyday nighttime skincare routine.
Products used: Babor cleansing oil - so far so good, heard a lot of good reviews Amorepacific foam cleanser - this cleanser is amazing. Leaves my skin super clean & soft. Face halo makeup remover pad - makes process of removing my makeup so easy Babor toning essence - calm and relax my skin Fresh black tea kombucha essence - super hydrating and makes my skin look better overall Lancôme serum - brightens and tightens my skin Caudalie beauty elixir - Very moisturizing and refreshing Elemis eye treatment - great product for puffy eyes Amorepacific essential cream - favorite moisturizer atm. Leaves my skin very dewy
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