Ok ! Just finished my fourth week, one more week down to a beautiful complexion ! BUT After having such good results my 3rd week things took a little turn...
Its seems this week was good in the beginning but started to end with some breakouts in places that were once clear.. my skin is probably still going through the IB stage i'm guessing
My Forehead is still pretty clear, some large pores in between my eyebrows but for the most part no complaints.
As for the cheeks ! aha, the problem area discussed in my previous posts on my right cheek is now all unclogged and for the most part healing and going away, but! I did get a pimple on the outer part of my cheek near my ear, this one went away fairly fast though, jawline had 2 new pimples that went away within a day or two as well. Just left with some dark marks which are slowly fading. My chin although, has one stubborn pimple underneath my skin -__- these are the most annoying because there painful.
My left cheek, is another story /:
the previous problem area discussed in my other posts located on the upper left cheek near the bridge of my now has healed for the most part and gone away, BUT I have about 7 new pimples spread out everywhere ): they are not large bumps, nor really bumps at all but mostly surface pimples with no heads just red spots. Really, Really annoying. Especially since things were going so well ! but, I do have to remember it is only my 4th week and Retin A Micro takes up to 7 weeks to show its true colors so I wont be giving up just yet but boy does this take a lot of patience and courage.
Im hoping that I get the same results everyone else raves about who's gone through the emotional roller-coaster of Retin A!
*Also, as a side note my regime hasn't changed still the same products although since things have been kicking up I have added some stridex pads (maximum strength) just to control the breakouts as much as I can so I can still go out into public lol Other than that another remedy I use for redness is toothpaste ! works pretty well... see you at week 5 (:
Okay! things are turning out for the better. As you all know, I purchased some products at the beginning of the week and they are working for me just great. The Neutrogena scrub is doing absolute wonders for my skin as far as my T-Zone and the overall texture. It's a lot softer and I have seen a great improvement in the tone as well; The facial cleanser I like only because I have been using it for so long, its gentle and its specified on relaxing your skin while cleaning which I love & its always been beneficial for me; My moisturizer on the other hand, makes me pretty greasy when I initially put it on but I find if I pat a little off after I've thoroughly rubbed it in it does do its job and I've seen less flakes.
As for my problem areas such as the forehead, right cheek and upper left cheek they have gotten much better by the end of this week.
My forehead is 90% clear
My right cheek is still struggling somewhat but overall less red and less inflamed.
My left cheek/upper nose problem area however seems to be the most stubborn, although completely flat they are still red and they are still somewhat active spots
Yes, but tiny tiny spots, you know those bumps under the skin that nobody else can really see, but you notice. Yup, thats what I have now on the right part of my jawline, but nothing too serious i'm hoping these go away by my 7 weeks (:
Overall; I have seen great improvement so far and I am not giving up what-so-ever!
So, I thought I would do a quick update since I have bought some new products and I am now including them in my Regime & It's pretty important to let you all know exactly what Im doing especially if it works so you can try it too (:
First thing I bought was the Aveeno Ultra Calming Moisturizer because I ran out of my just.... cheap brand equate daily moisturizer ( which worked awesome and I would of definitely re purchased but for some reason they had none ! ) So next best thing I figured would be a matching moisturizer to my Cleanser which is the Aveeno Ultra Calming Facial Cleanser, I have been using that for over a year and I love it, it reduces redness and tightens skin plus its a foam so its nothing harsh at all.
As for the moisturizer... I am not so sure that I am loving it yet, it seems oily when I put it on but that could be because of the Retin A Micro ( I've read in some blogs that The Retin A makes moisturizer seem kinda greasy) In the description it claims to reduce redness and do all of the wonderful things that the cleanser does, but ! I haven't been using it long enough to back that information up... I am sure by the end of the week I will be able to fully go into detail about the moisturizer
Second thing I purchased was the Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Scrub, which so far... I am loving.. due to some of the side effects of the Retin A, I needed something a little stronger than my Bare Essentials exfoliater, so i bought this one which is still gentle enough to not cause any irritation. After just one use my skin felt softer and cleaner ! I will again, go into more detail about the product when the end of week three is over !
Here are some pictures, prices, and product descriptions
Neutrogena Scrub; 5.00$
Aveeno Moisturizer; 18.00$
Aveeno Cleanser; 14.00$
*Beginning Of The Week*
Oh No.... Its the IB stage! This is terrible !! I do not even want to go to school, my forehead which was once completely clear is now purging with at least 8 different inflamed pimples filled with oil, not even a head on any of them ! Also, beyond the angry ones there are multiple other bumps underneath the skin.... this is ugly
Left cheek has some active pores at the upper bridge of the nose about three red inflamed pores, no heads, not really bumpy there pretty flat but irritating !
Right cheek on the apple, there is an active area that I can tell is purging, it is red around the entire area and there are three bumps that are pores purging all that gunk thats inside them, these ones are sort of painful but more so annoying because they are bumpy!
Also, on the outer right cheek I have a lesion that is very very red, and pretty raw. It almost looks like It would be cystic, its one cyst with two clogged pores beneath this... I tell you this because I picked at it !): when I pushed on it two very clogged pores emerged ! TMI I am sorry ! Also, I have one new red inflamed pimple beneath the lesion, no head.
*End Of The Week*
Forehead is really starting to look a lot better, it is healing fairly fast still some dark spots but nothing like it was at the beginning of the week, now its just pretty active in the middle between my eyebrows but nothing too severe, VERY happy with this ! I think this will be clear by the end of Week 3...
My Left Cheek is still struggling with some redness and inflammation of the few little pores next to my nose no visible changes in this area..
My Right Cheek still has that large lesion but is starting to settle down a bit after putting some neosporin on the spot since it was pretty raw, as for the active area on the apple of my right cheek it has significantly gone down in irritation, there was some peeling in this area especially, and after a little extraction I think this area will also be healed by the end of Week 3...
IB Was a pain in the butt ! But I hope that it only gets better from here !
So I applied the Retin A Micro gel at night after cleansing, and after the application of the medicine I follow up with a moisturizer.
I experienced no real visible results no peeling, irritation, etc. But did see some sorts of improvements in complexion...
Cleanser: Aveeno Ultra Calming Facial Cleanser
Moisturizer: Aveeno Ultra Calming Daily Moisturizer