Wow..so I've missed a few weeks of blogging. Four weeks to be exact, and that's quite a bit. I hate that I've missed that much because I can't really remember the changes that took place during that time. I can, however, tell you how my skin is doing on week 8; exactly two months of Retin-a!
So, this week I am home for Spring Break. I came in late on a Friday night, so I didn't really see my family when I got in. The next morning, the first thing my mom commented on was my skin. She told me that it looked really clear, almost perfect. I had just come out of the shower, and had no makeup on, so that was quite a compliment!
So, now to really analyze my skin...It's not perfect. I still have sprinkles of tiny, tiny whiteheads here and there. My forhead, though I still have large pores, is completely clear. The right side of my face is completely clear. My chin is also completely clear of any whiteheads, but still a few blackheads. However, the left side of my face...I don't know why my left side gives me so many problems!! I have a cluster of whiteheads right at the top of my cheek bone, and I have four medium sized pimples around my jaw. I'm going to go ahead and say that those around my jaw are there for hormonal reasons. I never got these when I was on Yaz!
Now that my skin is really clearing, I can see that I have some really light scarring. Actually, I don't know if It's actually called scarring. It's tiny, pin prick, red marks, that are easily covered with a little makeup. My goal is to absolutely lose the makeup for the summer. So PLEASE! If anyone has any suggestions for getting rid of red marks, please let me know!
Oh yeah! I should probably also mention that I started using clinique three step as well. I had talked about it before. I didn't really want it for getting rid of acne as much as just having a good skin care system. I'm using the third strength for oily skin, and I really like it. I think it has improved my skin tone by a ton.Basically,I just do my three step at night. Wait an hour, and then put on my Retin-a. In the morning, I just do the three step again, and then put on sunscreen. Seems to work for now. Who knows, I may find something I like better as far as skin care goes sometime though.
Now that I've written a book! I think I will go! Hopefully, I will keep up with this a little better for now on!
Okay, It has definitely been a weird week..
It started off not so good with a major breakout (at least I would call it that). I never actually get regular pimples; I usually only have whiteheads and blackheads. However, this week I broke out with these huge pimples in random places. It all started on Sunday with one big one on my chin. Within a couple of days, that turned into two big one's on my chin, one on my left cheek, one on my right cheek....two along my jawline, and one under my chin (around my neck area). I recently went off of Yaz, so I'm going to blame it on something hormonal. They went away about as quickly as they came up. Within a couple of days, they were pretty much gone. I don't know what in the world happened, but I'm just glad they're gone, and that I haven't gotten any more.
Phew, now that I got that over with. As far as the whiteheads go, they seem to still be doing better. My forehead is consistently clearing. I'm still having problems around my temple area. I'm going to assume that my hair lying around that area does not help, but I really like wearing my hair down, so I'm not sure what to do about that one yet!
I wanted to mention this before, but I thought maybe it would go away with the use of Retin-A. So anyway, It's kinda weird and maybe sort of gross, but it's like I have these flakes that fall off of my skin quite often. Is that normal? It happened before ever using retin-a, and hasn't gotten any better. It's not noticeable to anyone else or anything. It's just when I sweep the back of my hand over my skin, I always have something fall off of my face. I exfoliate every morning, so I don't see why I'm doing this. Unless it's my skins natural way of trying to clear these whiteheads. I dunno, it's just strange.
Overall, my skin is looking good. I could be happy with the way it is now, but I know me, and I know that I probably won't be completely satisfied until all of these annoying whiteheads are gone!
I almost forgot to mention. I'm using clindamycin in the morning now like Beauty B suggested. I like this because I know that I have something on my skin during the day, helping with the process. I've also noticed some major clearing of whiteheads on my forehead.
Well, that's all for now. I'm so tired that I just hope this post made some kind of sense, haha.
I almost forgot to update! I've been really busy teaching a classroom of first graders, so things have been slipping my mind lately.
So, It's week three, and I'm liking what I'm seeing! My forehead is Sooooo much better. It's so much smoother. Actually, my whole face is a ton smoother. I think I had forgotten what really clear skin felt like (It's been that long). I keep wanting to touch my face, but that's not good!! My nose, my cheeks, my forehead, it's all so smooth! It feels like baby skin. Redness and peeling do not seem to really be a problem anymore.
I do still have some little clusters. Mostly on the left side of my face and my temples. I'm still far from perfection, but that's okay. I know if someone with perfect skin looked at my skin, they probably wouldn't be real impressed, but this is near perfection to me. The way I see it is, if I'm happy, that's all that really matters, and I definitely am. I wanted to let everyone know that I'm so impressed with the scrub I'm using as well. It got rid of all that dead skin and made my skin look so polished. So Retin-a users, I think it's okay to use a scrub! I didn't realize that at first.
I'm considering starting the clinique three step. I really love the makeup remover and scrub that I got from them. And their makeup is wonderful. From what I've read, some people really like the three step, and some REALLY don't, but I think it might be worth a try. Once I get my face completely clear, I want a good skin care system to really preserve that.
Well, another week down. I hope it just keeps getting better and better.
Well, I said that I would update every week on my Retin-a Experience. I'm really going to try, but things are about to get really crazy with my classes. Anyway, Week two....last week I said I was having absolutely no flaking or dryness. That has changed! By about Tuesday this week, I started noticing some peeling and flaking. Most of it's on my forehead and nose. It's not that noticeable yet.
Last night I went to the Clinique counter to buy makeup (I love their makeup!). I could tell the woman matching my color was biting her tongue about something. Finally, she blurted out, "You NEED a scrub!". I told her I was on Retin-a and everything, so she understood immediately where the peeling and flaking was coming from. I also told her that I was using dove beauty bar to wash my face with, and she nearly had a conniption. She told me that it was just stripping my skin (The derm never actually told me to use dove, but my regular doctor did a few weeks ago). So, my regimen has changed quite a bit now. Now I'm going to start using a scrub every other day, and a really nice cleanser to wash my face twice a day. I have to admit though, after using the clinique wash, my face felt better than it had in weeks. So much smoother, and not tight and itchy. I've used clinique before though, so I had no doubts that I would like it. It's also 100% fragrance free and allergy tested.
I would say overall, this week my skin is looking a lot better. Yes, there is peeling, but the tiny bumps are going away, and my blackheads are surfacing. I can feel some smooth areas on my skin.
Wash with Clinique's foaming cleanser or Cetaphil
Apply PURPOSE sunblock
Use Clinique's Exfoliating Scrub in the shower every other morning
Wash with Clinique's foaming cleanser
Apply Clinique's dramatically different moisturizer
WAIT ONE HOUR
Apply pea sized amount of Retin-a
Okay,so looking at it. My regimen has changed quite a bit. But after one use of these products, I can see and feel a real difference, so I don't feel too bad for switching it up.
Hello Everyone! I'm new to this, but very excited to become part of the acne.org community. I want to share my acne experiences; I feel like it could be a good way to cope, so I believe I'll do a weekly update. If I help someone else in the process, then that's wonderful!
So, last week was my first visit ever to the dermatologist (I'm 23 by the way). It was definitely an interesting experience. He's the only derm in the area, and I must say a bit of a jerk. He seriously spent less than five minutes with me and was edging toward the door before giving me my prescription. He didn't even explain how to use it really....sad, I know. Other people have told me that's just the way he is though .
I have strictly non-inflamed acne. It's all blackheads and whiteheads, but still very annoying. I have clusters of whiteheads pretty much all over my face. My forehead is the worst by far. I also have a lot of blackheads around my nose and chin.
Here's what I'm doing:
-Wash with cetaphil gentle cleanser
-Use PURPOSE moisturizer with SPF 15
-Follow up with a layer of Almay nourishing liquid makeup
Wash with Dove Beauty Bar (to take off makeup)
WAIT THIRTY MINUTES
Apply pea sized amount of RETIN-A all over face
Results After One Week:
So far, nothing major, but that's wasn't to be expected. After reading reviews on Retin-A I expected to be breaking out like crazy, with dry, peeling skin after the first week. As of now, it has yet to make me red, dry, peel, or have any initial breakouts. I'm not sure if this is normal or not. I'm afraid it's not working if I'm not peeling. However, I watched a review last night on Youtube where a girl said that she never experienced any side effects, yet it worked for her.
What I have noticed though...after a week, my over-all skin tone is very pretty. The little bumps are still there, and just as bad, but I have a pretty, pink glow to my cheeks. Kind of like I'm using a very nice blush, but I'm not. I'm sort of afraid that this dermatologist didn't give me a high enough dosage. I'm too scared to call and ask though, so I'll stick with it for at least three months. Who knows, I may start experiencing the normal side effects next week.
So, that's one week down!! Lots more to go! I'll update next week, unless something significant happens before next Thursday. So, if anyone reads this, let me know your week to week experiences with Retin-A! I would love to hear it! And if anyone else is dealing with non-inflamed acne, let me know how you treat it!