So it's the end of week 9 and it's the beginning of week 10 tomorrow on tretinoin. I'm now waiting for 30 minutes for my face to dry.
This week, I've been putting on differin in the AM. The side effects are minimal/non-existent, mainly due to the rainy and gloomy weather this week. I love rainy days!
Hmm from day 45 onwards til day 59 (about 2 weeks), I had zero breakouts and was mainly dealing with pih marks. But now I'm dealing with one inflamed blackhead (a super deep one which tretinoin is extracting - it's really amazing how it was there all along) on my left cheek, and two irritating half-dormant cysts which have been there all along (the kind which is flattened but contents have not yet purged) decided to become active on my right cheek. Plus one pustule on my chin, which will most likely be gone by tomorrow afternoon (from the look of it). So that's three active spots currently.
And oh. Lots of blackheads, especially around my nostrils.
Although I am slightly discouraged by the inflamed blackhead and the two cysts, I am also excited in a strange way because tretinoin is still working at extracting every single bit of gunk under my skin, which have been there all along but never had the chance to surface and burst.
Overall complexion improving and pih marks fading fast. Smooth skin overall. Quite pleased but I know that there's much room for improvement.
I will also most likely switch to 0.1% tretinoin cream after 12 weeks, and start alternating it with the 0.05% I'm currently using (from week 12 onwards).
It is interesting to note that my face is now back to the state in which I first started out with. Ever since the consistent use of differin and retacnyl since 29/03/2012, my skin went downhill with the IB. But now it's back to it's original state, but with pih marks. I guess it's an improvement? I don't know. I only know that I have to keep using the tretinoin cream daily, and maintain occasionally with differin. The worst thing for me to do now is to stop. I'm already at the stage where there's nothing to lose. After the horrible IB, a few blackheads and cysts have little effect in wearing down my resolve to continue.
By the way, the skin on my forehead and nose looks amazing. No breakouts. Invisible pores. Absolutely clear and flawless-looking.
Edited by RoseLilium, 08 July 2012 - 05:38 AM.