I new regimen is going well! I completely over did it with the trentinoin cream on the first use and have unfortunately suffered immensely because of it. I have really put my skin through the ringer in the past with some pretty harsh products, so I was positive that my skin could handle a good amount of trentinoin cream, but I was soooo sooo wrong. My skin was sooo irritated the day after first use that I had to completely stop using it for three days so that it could heal. It has now healed and last night was my second use. I used the tiniest amount and followed it up with Burt's Bees Night Cream (my fav!) and my skins looks and feels sooo much better this morning. The first "peel" did amazing things for my skin though. It is already much smoother and a lot of the closed comedomes around my chin have disappeared. All of the active acne is now just hyperpigmentation. So, it still looks bad without makeup, but looks perfect with makeup. YAY!
After my initial mishap, I did a lot of research on trentinoin cream and have decided to use only tiny amounts on affected areas only. I work face to face with clients all day and just cannot go without makeup. Right now, the affected areas are my jawline, both cheek bones and right temple. I will also be following up each use with Burt's Bees Night Cream 1-2 hours AFTER application. I know that doing it this way is going to take longer, but I just can't deal with not being able to wear makeup. Once those areas have improved and become adjusted, then I will move on to treating the other areas of my face. I would rather have a few flakey areas on my face than a full face of flakes, kwim?
My jawline is really the only area where I am getting actives. My cheek bones and temple are scarred from past breakouts, so I am really hoping the trentinoin cream will help to lessen the scarring. Fingers crossed.
As for my back, chest, shoulders and upper arms... I am going full force on those areas. I am using a pea sized amount on each of those areas and although they are definitely dry, they have yet to peel. My shoulders, back and upper arms are clearing up beautifully, I would say they are at least 50% better than they were before I started, but my poor chest... it is more broken out now than it was when I started. So far, that is the only "purging" I have experienced. I just really really really want to be able to wear a bathing suit and tank tops this summer. My boyfriend has been trying to get me to rent a cabin in the mountains with a hot tub for a romantic weekend and I keep making up excuses why I can't go. He has no idea that my back, chest, shoulders and upper arms are broken out. I told him when we first started dating that I am battling an ongoing "rash" caused by a medication and that it since has gotten infected. He's been really sweet about it, but I feel terrible that I am lying to him and that I have refused to take my shirt off in front of him. It definitely makes "sexy time" less sexy. Poor guy!
I spoke with a friend who is on her second round of accutance yesterday. Her first round she was on a strong dose and it came very close to clearing up her acne completely. She stopped taking it for a little over a year and started back a month ago on a very low dose and she said that it is doing wonders for her skin. I've been on accutance before and had decent results, but stopped after 6 months for a lot of reasons. I am thinking about possibly going back on it on a very low dose here in a month or so depending on how the tretinoin cream does.
Anywho, so far, so good. I am happy with my results so far. I am really hoping that I don't experience anymore purging. I would post pictures, but my face doesn't really look any different... it just feels different... smoother!