Differin Shiny, Plastic Skin. When Does It Go Away?differin shiny sticky waxy plastic texture skin dry retinoids
Posted 17 April 2012 - 05:41 PM
My skin has been getting smoother the whole time, but has recently started to get very shiny, almost plastic-looking, and sort of sticky to the touch in some areas. The same thing actually happened during my second course of accutane, and that was one of the reasons I quit taking it. I assume it has something to do with dryness or skin cell turnover.
Anyway, if you've experienced the same with Differin (or any topical retinoid for that matter), what was your experience with that side effect? Did it go away? If so, after how long? I do not like this look at all.
All responses are greatly appreciated, so thanks.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:39 AM
Posted 17 June 2012 - 11:22 AM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:06 AM
I cut back on using my clarisonic, and other chemical exfoliats and used cleansers/toners designed for dry and sensitive skin. It helped me a lot! I also took a break from my retin-a to focus on repair and then restarted it with a much slower approach.
Perhaps you could pamper your skin a little more. I have read that niacinamide is helpful with barrier repair, also lotions/creams with glycerin (for water retention) and ceramides and lipids. CeraVe lotion or cream have both and then Glycolix Elite fortified cream or lite have glycerin.
Keep in mind it can take weeks for the barrier to repair.
I think in our quest to destroy acne, we forget to be gentle on our skin. I needed a reminder too
Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:50 PM
Posted 18 June 2012 - 03:58 PM
The topicals, harsh ex-foliation and washing with washcloths / lufas left me with semi-permanent damage. Took a more than a year for it to go back to "normal" but it did.
Edited by tritonxiv, 18 June 2012 - 04:01 PM.
Posted 20 June 2012 - 01:37 PM
It's odd because there isn't much peeling happening, but my skin is very shiny and tacky to the touch.
I was successful with Dan's regimen for a while, but my skin has been getting progressively worse since a second (very short) course of Accutane last summer. Now the oil is almost back in full force, and it looks like a retinoid is all that I have left to explore. Unfortunately, Differin has cranked up the oiliness and had this bizarre plastic effect on my skin.
I guess I will try to slow down my reintroduction of Differin in an effort to help with the weird texture (I feel like I've been introducing it very slowly already, but I guess I can roll back a bit even more).
Thank you for your feedback guys. If anyone else would like to weigh in, I would great appreciate hearing from you about your experiences with this problem. I guess my biggest concern is whether my skin will adapt to the point where I can use Differin regularly without the plastic look.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:48 PM