Retin-A -- I've changed my mind about it
- updated 10 months ago
I'm 58 years old and my face had been holding up...
- 7 Aug 2012
I'm 58 years old and my face had been holding up well over the years, up until about three years ago, when some fine lines showed up and a bit of drooping on either side of my mouth, and the typical signs of aging in the neck. I have fair but normal skin (as far as oiliness to dryness) and an unconventional approach to face care -- I never use moisturizers because I think moisturizers do nothing for wrinkles. I keep my face clean by washing it with regular soap once a day. Back at age 56 I started doing at home peels about once a month. Didn't see much difference after several months so I added in Retinol (Green Cream 9). Didn't see much difference with the Green Cream + peels so I added derma needling into the mix. I finally started noticing a slight improvement, but not a lot. So, eight weeks ago I stopped the Retinol Cream and switched to .1% Retin-A. Well, within about four weeks it seemed like everything I'd been doing for the past two and a half years finally started kicking in. The Retin-A really is potent and makes things happen! My face got tighter and now fine lines are softer. So, now I'm just doing two things: derma needling every ten days and Retin-A every night. My advice would be, don't let the initial peeling phase of Retin-A daunt you. It's a drag but if you want to have a good face in your older years you have to suffer a little.
P.S. After I do my needling, I immediately put the Retin-A on and smoosh it into the skin. I don't follow with a moisturizer. Retin A works by irritating your skin and challenging it to renew, so my advice would be to try to lay off the moisturizers unless you absolutely need them.
Since I first posted this I've been reading...
- 10 Feb 2013