I started thinking that maybe my last post was a little spammy so I'm just gonna say real quick that I am in no way affiliated with Clarisonic or any distributor. I've been lusting after one for about a year now and scored a good Black Friday deal lol so that being said -
DANG! It has been so cool and dry in SoCal lately, my skin will not stop looking red and peeling! I don't want to kick Triretnoin from my regimen so I decided I'm going to back off the Clarisonic a little bit and only do it once daily in the evening rather than 2x daily. I also learned that you're supposed to apply Triretnoin creams/gels 15-20 minutes after you wash your face in the evening. I have been applying it almost immediately after I pat dry my face (for like, 3 years now,) which could very well explain the intense skin irritation I've been having. I'm now combining the Triretnoin with a blob of Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel moisturizer. That stuff has been tried and true for me since I was in my early 20's.
I will say that since I've been using the Clarisonic I've noticed that my "juicy" cysts on my cheeks are starting to heal but I have a few small cysts that have rapidly bubbled up on both sides of my jawline. I see the term purging a lot and but with a Clarisonic brush I can see how the first few weeks are looked at as a purging process. I'm hopeful it will get better.
As for my dry skin, I'm thinking about mixing a little shea butter with marajuca oil/evoo to create a little super hydrating mask for my face but I've never done one before and I'm afraid it'll clog my pores. I'm so freaking dry though!
So I just tried my Mia 2 for the first time in the shower this morning... I applied my Avar Sulfur wash straight to the brush and got down to business. It was interesting, I think it'll take a few tries for me to really get the hang of it but here's how I approached it: Started on my chin and worked my way around clockwise - I wanted the worst/greasiest part of my acne on the left side of my face to be last so I didn't spread it around on my face. I noticed after my face felt incredibly soft. I wanted to touch it but I'm really making an effort to keep my fingers out of the mix.
For moisturizer I followed up with a little maracuja oil from Tarte of which I've heard mixed things... I'm usually not a big fan of using oils as moisturizers with prolonged use my pores get clogged and I end up with pesky black heads but better than burning my skin off like I was doing before when I was using Cerave.