Posted 08 August 2013 - 03:11 AM
I've been using Differin for about six weeks. I think it does exfoliate inside the pore and removes dead skin, but you might need a little help to loosen the dead skin cells. I read somewhere that although it removes the dead skin, you may need a little manual exfoliation to remove them from the top layer of your skin. I wouldn't use bha or aha, I think they do a similar thing to differin and shouldn't be used along with it if you have sensitive skin. I found that using a gentle exfoliating scrub works well, only a couple of times a week and when you wash you're face normally you will be removing some of the dead skin cells too. I just gently use the scrub with really light circular motions....seemed to work well. Although the last coupld of weeks I've used it less but I don't know if that's because the differin has removed a lot of the build up of dead cells, so now I have a lot less to get rid off, I'd still use a gentle scub if I did feel a build up, but go easy. Maybe use it in the morning or one night that you won't be apply differin and applying it after exfoliating might irritate your skin.
Hope this helps a bit. I'm not an expert but always willing to help out . Glad it's working out for you!
Cleanse: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face
Moisturise: Aveene rich, or light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20
Topicals: Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter
Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week
Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask
Oral medication: Cilest BCP
Supplements: No current supplements
Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish. For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer
Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques bruses for the rest of my make up