Hoping She Takes Me Back - Houston, TX

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So this is my second go at Retin-a micro .04...

So this is my second go at Retin-a micro .04 strength. I started to get minor acne at the tender age of 13. My mother, being just as vain as me , promptly shuttled me off to the dermatologist and got me hooked on retin-a micro. I started to have really dry skin and flakiness and all that jazz because I was a 13 year old who had barely just started actually washing her face regularly (I know, wonder why I had acne?) Anyway, I used it until I was 21 years old and never felt like I ever had 'perfect' skin that entire time. I have combination skin, so if I slacked on my beauty regiment, the one I had been following for 8 long 'facially mundane' years , I would break out a tiny bit and be dry at the exact same time. I used the plain unscented neutrogena bar soap twice daily and cetaphil SPF moisturizer twice daily, and make up daily (duh). Well one day I decided these tiny breakouts after a night on the town and sleeping in my makeup were just too uncalled for. I never thought I'd look back at my photos and wish it looked as good ( I was that girl with awesome skin!) I think since I started retin-a so young I kind of dodged all those horrible hormonal 'acne' moments. Anyway, I decided to go to a very different kind of dermatologist who talked me into giving up retin-a micro and opting for proactiv. Since then, I am 24 now, I have had acne. I waited so long to try getting back on retin-a because it is quite expensive for me ($100) and supporting myself in graduate school means I've got to really make every dollar count. So here I am, hoping my long lost love retin-a will take me back without too much struggle. I know she worked wonders on my teen skin, now to see if she'll work wonders on my adult skin. This will be my little story of a rekindled childhood love affair, about a girl who let go of something she never knew she had.
Hopefully we'll live happily ever after.

So this is day one, just like I used to: wash face, retin-a, moisturizer. Except I forgot to buy a new facial cleanser and only have proactiv... I also forgot to wait 20 minutes (probably no more than 5!) before applying my retin-a. Oh and the regular pea size amount tonight was more like a corn size amount. So I'm nervous. That first dry flaky itchy red tear-my-face-off kind of feeling I felt those first few weeks 11 years ago still resonates with me.

My current (future) regiment:
Morning: biore cleanser (until I can get cetaphil cleanser this Friday), cetaphil moisturizer 10 minutes later, murad resurgence eye cream, and aquaphor on local dry spots.

Night: same cleanser with revlon pro brush (to remove all my makeup), 20 minutes later add a pea size retin-a, another 20-30 minutes add cetaphil moisturizer.

Has anyone tried coconut oil for moisturizer during retin-a micro? I've heard some good things. I'm also thinking about trying the cerave moisturizer.
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