I just turned 50 and, although no one guesses me to be 50 years old, I am starting to see my forehead expression lines go a little deeper, little fine wrinkles by my eyes and fine wrinkles here and there. When I have makeup on, you cannot see them but I am not ready to do botox. I will save that adventure until I am older.
I think a little background is important:
My skin has always been oily. My pores have always been large. I get hormonal adult acne once a month especially in the area of my lower cheeks and by my mouth. The acne can be deep and large at times and sometimes it will leave a mark that takes forever to go away. I only use natural products on my face. Avalon Organics C serum (day) and their CoQ10 serum (night) has been my regime for the past five years with intermittent Olay regenerist microdermabrasion/peels done monthly. I have been happy overall with the results from my routine.
I discussed all the above with my dermatologist and he suggested that I try Atralin gel (a retin-a gel) and said it should address most of my concerns and he wrote a prescription for it. Normally this stuff sells for close to $500 but there is a program he told me about. I enrolled in the program and, although my insurance denied the prescription, my cash price in the program was $125 (quite a savings from the close to $500). The dermatologist told me that the tube should last me 8-12 months. So it really wasn't bad.
I have uploaded "before" or starting point pictures of the areas that I have concern and would like to see improvement on. I want to keep it realistic and say that I will be happy if the lines soften and I can resist anymore fine lines and wrinkles developing.
Last night was my first night of application. My Derm recommended that I use it every two days until my skin adjusts. I washed my face and waited 20 minutes before applying. They say to wait 15-30 minutes. I used a pea sized dot of the gel last night. I dabbed it onto my forehead, two cheeks, and chin and spread it from there. I was careful not to get too close to my eyes and nose. I did use my CoQ10 around my eyes. Honestly, the Atralin was a little bit drying to my oily skin. I could feel my skin tightening which is not a feeling that I am accustomed to. There was no burning or stinging after the application. About and hour later there was very, very slight tingling that lasted only a few minutes. When I woke up this morning, my skin was oily again but not to the extent it normally is but not feeling tight anymore. I washed and applied my CoQ10 serum for day wear with my foundation plus sunscreen. So this was Day 1. I will update everyone once I have been using it a month.