I'm just going to give a description of what my face looks like now, before I possibly start to see any changes from the new regimen.
- Forehead and temples: small spots all over forehead, mostly closed comedones, 3-4 tiny red spots on each temple. Dryness between eyebrows, flaky skin but still very oily at the same time.
- Cheeks: Outer cheeks are dry and with no noticeable pimples, only shallow scarring. Cheeks and around my nose are full of clogged pores, only visible up close, and nose wings are always a bit flaky. A few very small spots spread out over the area. Constantly oily around nose and cheeks.
- Chin and mouth: 3 huge pustules with no noticeable head, very painful. Small bumps and spots in between the pustules. Flaky skin.
I am really determined to make this work, and I am also determined to diminish my shallow scarring with Retin-A as well, since it's fairly recent (under a year). I know there are mixed opinions on whether tretinoin is capable of reducing scarring, and I am realistic, but I am quite optimistic the appearance of my shallow scars will improve with diligent use of tretinoin, - however, I need to get my acne under control completely before I start thinking so much about my scars. If anyone has had success in treating/improving shallow cheek scars with Retin-A, feel free to tell me, if not I don't need to hear it. I've already browsed through all of the posts on this website saying it doesn't work so I'm aware there is a chance it won't.