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!