I've had no luck with much this past month. I've bit the bullet and decided to start treatment using Retin-A (Tretinoin). The treatment consits of using 0.05% cream every other day or and continuing for however long i require. The reason being is that tretinoin is known to stimulate collagen production nto the skin, helping me repair the damage i have attributd over the years of not using sunscreen and acne products together. i have accumilated damage to the dermis from benzoyl peroxide usage without sunscreen and too high percentage and using very strong drying products that have caused skin barrier damage. I know you mentioned it takes 3 months before results to show themselves for the niacinamide, but i'm going to do this anyway as i believe it can repair the skin over a long time. Retin-a initually thins the epidermis because it causes a peeling effect to the skin, makign the skin shed quicker and you look quite rough for few months. I've used it for a week and i've just got alot of peeling and thats about it. If youre skin is very sensitive, this will make you have major problems as this product is strong.
Anyway. Tretinoin has been shown to thicken the dermis and epidermis over time and that is what i am attemping to do!
i don't advise you to do this. use niacinamide and glucosamine complex. if you need to use a cream, fine, use olay's total effects tone correcting night cream but for goodness sakes don't use tretinoin. it will take just as long if you used only nia + nag. i used tretinoin and it didn't work a lick. i don't know, but you really need to trust the process and just use the niacinamide and nag.
but if you want to take the plunge and use tretinoin, go ahead...but i strongly advise against it.
tretinoin was never tested to heal skin dryness. never. only pimples and wrinkles.
niacinamide and NAG have been tested and proven to heal the skin barrier. it has healed mines. it just takes time.
stop obsessing in the mirror...put the solutions on day and night, and LIVE! live your life and before you know it, your skin will be better!
Edited by Cubed, 01 July 2013 - 01:59 PM.