You are very young & your skin WILL heal beautifully. It will just take time. I would advise against any aggressive therapy, especially no peels. Your issues are very superficial & will heal naturally. What you could consider to do/ use in interim are as follows:
A) Take a quality multivitamin/ mineral daily, like Deva nutrition
B) Take quality essential fatty acids daily i.e. 2 tablespoons of organic flaxseed oil daily or a DHA/ EPA supplement by DEVA nutrition
C) Take a scoop of supergreen powder (containing chlorella/ spirulina/ barley grass/ wheat grass) daily with a liver cleansing fresh juice i.e. beetroot/ green apple/ cilantro/ carrot/ berries/ kiwifruit/ kale/ chia seeds etc
D) Avoid ALL processed, canned, junk, fast foods, GMO, fried foods, plastic containers (seek glass or paper packages only), microwaves, sodas, vinegars, tomato sauce, artificial foods/ flavoring, coffee, teas, dairy, tap water, sports drinks/ energy drinks, gluten foods like pasta and too much bread etc
E) Learn to eat pure, mostly raw, organic wholefoods and lots of super foods & lots of green salad with lemon juice/ flaxseed oil or grapeseed oil/ salt/ pepper, raw kale in salads, spinach salad leaves, avocado, garlic, shallots, raw herbs like cilantro/ mint/ flat parsley etc, turmeric, red onion, cabbage/ broccoli, brown rice, quinoa, tomato, sprouted foods like alfalfa, lentils, chickpeas, banana, peas, beans, french beans, healthy wholegrain flat vegan breads/ wraps like pita or lebanese etc on occasion, tempeh, coconut water/ milk, kiwifruit, apples, sea vegetables, carrot, baked sweet potato/ potato with jackets, hummus, unhulled tahini, mixed nuts (if you don't have an allergy to them), mixed seeds like pumpkin/ sunflower/ chia seeds etc, cayenne pepper, capsicum, LSA on gluten free muesli with almond milk, berries, nectarines, apricots, etc
E) For snacks, you can have non GMO air popped pop corn with sea salt & fresh lemon juice (and cayenne pepper for added zing or curry powder - but not too much curry powder, it can flare acne on some people); 85% dark vegan chocolate; raw vegan chocolate mousse - research the recipe using avocado & raw cacao, baked kale with sea salt & grapeseed oil; olives, semi-sundried tomatoes, domaldes, 100% natural non-alcoholic organic ginger beer, dried fruit without sulphites and bhuja (a spicy snack).
F) Consider taking a quality non-dairy probiotic daily, perhaps even a quality fiber supplement too.
G) Look into Benoite clay masks or proper clay drinks for a detox once a month until you heal...you can also try dandelion greens and dandelion tisane etc.
H) Consider taking beta glucan supplements & use beta glucan liquid topically (see Garden of Wisdom brand).
I) Later on, for general skincare, consider the The Body Deli range/ Jes Organics or another 100% natural organic skin care range.
J) If your skin lacks moisture, look into 100% aloe vera or try a hydrating facial mist.
K) Consider applying fresh lemon juice to your skin every month for 30 minutes to 24-hours...but you must not do this unless you have stopped using retin a for at least 7 days....Just do test a patch first to ensure you don't have an allergic reaction...
L) Do gentle exercises daily or go for a power walk for 10 minutes to 30 minutes daily
M) Get direct sunlight on exposed skin daily but don't burn your skin...NB don't wear sunscreen, but you can wear a hat as your using retin a.
N) Swim at the beach with mature friends (safely please!), salt water is very beneficial for the skin, just ensure the beach is super clean & pristine & safe/ patrolled.
O) Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep at night, and get to bed before 10pm. Sleep in a dark, cool, well ventilated room. Make sure your room is clean, tidy & aesthetically pleasing to you. It should be an inviting sanctury for you.
P) Read uplifting/ positive books to distress or go for a nature walk with friends.
Q) Enjoy life, love yourself, keep positive, surround yourself with positive friends/ family/ pets. Focus on attaining your life goals, the rest will fall into place...
Lastly, give your skin 1 to 2 years to heal naturally & let the retin a work its 'magic'. However, If you need more help later on, consider dermarolling with a 0.25mm needle + copper peptides or hyaluronic acid by http://clearskincareclinics.com.au/ . But not yet, as your skin is now too thinned by the retin a and it will damage your fragile skin.
Hope this info helps.
All the best
NB I substituted evoo for grapeseed oil...apparently it's better that we eat oils high in omega 3 (like flaxseed oil) & linoleic acid omega 6 (like grapeseed oil...saflower is another one).
Edited by aquasea, 14 July 2013 - 02:36 AM.