Retin-A 0.025 Diary - Los Angeles, CA
So I am on my 4th Week of Retin-a 0.025%. I...
I am mid week 4 and just starting to see new pimples on my chin, one on forehead and and one on cheek. I know it's the Retin-A doing it's thing because I don't even get pimples on cheek or forehead.
I think I am one of the lucky ones because my experience has been tolerable thus far. NO redness, peeling, or dryness. I was afraid it wasn't working or I needed higher strength because I wasn't having side effects! But, supposedly you're just one of the lucky ones.
here's my regimen: First off ( I researched like a crazy person like I said) so I went to a dermatologist as soon as I started using it and asked to be prescribed a topical antibiotic! he gave me Clindamycin.
I wash face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and dry face
I wait at least 45 minutes and use Clindamycin
I wait another half hour and use moisturizer...I use what I always use (Anew Ultimate Age Repair Cream with SPF 25)
I wash face with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
I wait at least 45 minutes, then apply Clindamycin
I wait another 30 minutes, then apply Retin-A
I want 45 minutes, apply moisturizer (SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily)
And that's all. I'm pretty optimistic about Retin-A and can't wait to see the results. I will write back on Week 5 and there on out!
Week 5 of Retin A 0.025
Week 6 of Retin A 0.025
I will write another review next week. But, I have to say...if you're thinking of taking the "plunge" I highly recommend starting on this strength. I've never had to skip a night since day one!
Week 7 Retin-A 0.025%
The end of week 6 and into week 7, I am experiencing the most dryness, peeling and flaking. However, it's only on my chin and above my lip. I wake up almost every morning with lots of dryness. Once my morning routine is complete and I add moisturizer...I am still able to apply makeup and you can't tell my skin is dry. I just ordered a stronger moisturizer for really dry skin from the same doctor (online) that recommended the other products I use alongside Retin-a. I'm heading back East for the holidays and it's cold there! I want to be prepared for more chapping/ dryness.
I now use La Roche-Posay Toleriane (without rinsing - theres the option) after washing my face and before moisturizer. I can't be a 100% sure, I but I REALLY think this stuff is what's keeping my drying under control throughout the day. It's very gentle (won't irritate) and has a super creamy texture. It's a cleanser, but almost acts as a moisturizer. I'm excited to combine this and that new moisturizer for extra moisture. The Toleriane is really affordable too! A lot goes a long way. I'd recommend this for anyone who is experiencing dryness and peeling.
I will update next week. I am hoping Week 8 clears up some of these pimples!