Spiro Day 32, Tretinoin Day 23
Posted by shawnabowbawna, 03 January 2013 · 414 views
Back from vacation!
My skin has been horrible. HORRIBLE. I am pretty sure that it is from the Tretinoin (retina-A). I thinkI started too early. I should have waited for the Spiro to take more of an effect so that my initial breakout wouldn't be so bad. I think the problem is that there is so much dead/pealing skin that the pores get too clogged. The only benefit is that they heal more quickly then usual. At first, because I wanted to the initial breakout to get over quickly I was using the gel every night despite how more peeling/redness I had. Now, I am going to use it only every 2 or 3 nights until my skin adjusts a bit more. I seriously think the Aczone has no benefit at all but I guess it isn't very fair to say so since I'm using it with so many other products. Anyways, I'm going to take it a little easier for the next month or so while I try and get over this initial phase. UGHHHH. It is so frustrating. Other then the craziness with tretinoin, I was pretty good about my routine while I was on vacation. Occasionally I went to bed really late and/or woke up late so I wasn't very good about keeping up my routine on regular intervals... I also wasn't drinking enough water... I'm sure this didn't help my skin any.
Small success: I hit 1 month on Spiro!!! 2 more to go and I should be seeing some real benefits (fingers crossed). My happy trail (which isn't too bad to begin with), seems to be growing back very slowly. I plucked it once and its only sparely growing back.
I'll post some better photos in a few days.
Happy New Year!!