Just Started Retin A!

Just started using the retin a cream about 3 days...

Just started using the retin a cream about 3 days ago. It is very early to see any improvements, so i'd like to post my weekly pictures and updates here:) Im using the .025% retin a cream for my acne. It was recommended to me by several ladies that I work with(we work at the cosmetic counters in a department store)..i will be posting my weekly pictures just to show the phases that my skin goes through with this so called miracle cream:)

Just adding pic since it wouldnt work earlier..

just adding pic since it wouldnt work earlier..

Started week 2. Just a little bit of peeling...

Started week 2. Just a little bit of peeling around my nose and mouth, that lasted about a week but it seems like my skin is getting used to it already..i still have dry patches later in the day that you can see through my makeup but its not that noticeable. I think my skin started going through a minor "purging" phase around day 8, as I had some tiny zits come through on my cheeks that had already had whiteheads. Would love to post a beginning of week two picture, but I update this on my phone, and it won't let me. So I have an instagram specifically for me retin-a journey .. Im @retina_for_acne ..i will still be updating here as not everyone has an instagram. Once I get my internet up, ill post an updated picture here.:)

Day 11, still have more zits than I did the first...

Day 11, still have more zits than I did the first day. Im going this is a purging phase. I do wear makeup in the daytime only because I work at a cosmetic counter, so I have to:/..and because I wouldn't dare go out in public without it!..does anyone else using retin-a for acne, wear makeup as well?will post an update picture soon!

Just started week 3 on retin-a cream. my skin did...

Just started week 3 on retin-a cream. my skin did purge a little last week, but the zits are already healing!..still some dryness, but its definitely not as bad as what I thought it was going to be!..skin feels a little oily, if anything. Once my internet decides to work, ill post my weekly pictures here. Until then, you can check them out on my instagram. Im @retina_for_acne ..either way, I believe it is doing what it is supposed to be doing!...will update next week!!

Skin is breaking out like crazy!..so far, the...

Skin is breaking out like crazy!..so far, the worse,it has ever looked in my life!..can't post a picture here, so feel free to check it out on my instagram @retina_for_acne ..I'm not giving up though!!..will update again soon!..and I forgot to mention that I think my acne is hormonal because I breakout mainly on my cheeks and jawline..

Soo..just finished week 3 on the cream. Omg my...

Soo..just finished week 3 on the cream. Omg my skin is wayyy better than it was a few days ago when I was purging like crazy!:)..it couldve been from the clinique foundation I was using (stay matte). A girl on instagram told me she used it for a month then she broke out in cystic acne. I used it for a month, and I broke out too!..so I'm not sure if its because of the retin a or the foundation that caused my skin to go crazy, but either way, its wayyyy better now and all I did different was stop using the foundation. Now I'm just using lancome mineral powder. Still using the retin a because im sure that is making a huge difference as well!!..you should see me picture from 3 days ago and compare it to todays!..omfg!!..huge difference. Anyways, we will see if it continues to get better. Feel free, as ive mentioned before(since my internet is not working), to check out my pictures at instagram @retina_for_acne ..there are weeklt pictures there:)

Okay posted some progress pictures.sorry they are...

okay posted some progress pictures.sorry they are out of order!! tomorrow will be one full month! will post more soon!

Using my response, to a message, as my...

Using my response, to a message, as my review:)

my skin had like only one zit, until I started alternating between my .025% cream and my .05% cream, for a few days, now I feel like I went through another purging phase or my skin was just irritated..its hard to tell. Tomorrow is the start of week 6 for me..im just going to finish the .025% cream, which I have probably one days use left, then start using the .05% cream every other day, for a week and work up to everyday. Its just strange that my skin would breakout like that again. I had about 8-10 zits..they were small though, not big like my day 17 picture that I have posted here. Ehhh, we will see what happens..:/

Been using just the .025% until i run out, as...

been using just the .025% until i run out, as opposed to what I did about a week ago, where I alternated the .025% with the .05%, and my skin is getting better already. But who knows with this retin-a!.. I start using the .05% tomorrow and I will be using it every other day for a few weeks, until my skin gets aclimated to it. Posted week 5 and week 6 pictures. I have more scars because of the breakout that occured last week during the alternation of the two creams. However, i'm not sure if I broke out because I did that, or if it was just another purging phase..

Ok..my skin started getting better, then started...

Ok..my skin started getting better, then started breaking out again..two cystic ones one on each cheek and many tiny ones along my cheeks and jawline, then my period starts a few days later. This has to be hormonal. Going to get some birth control at a walk in clinic on monday, most likely orth tri cyclen lo. Going to use that and continue my .05_ retin a cream. Two ladies that I work with swear that this birth control helps with their acne. But everyones different. We will see! Has anyone had success with bcp and retin a??
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