I think it makes a difference, y'all.
I typically hate trying new skincare items because they tend to break me out, but I recently busted out some high-end samples I've been avoiding using.
I've been using a creamy glycolic cleanser (md formulations) almost daily, even though the texture is really emollient like Cetaphil - I do it mostly to clear traces of makeup and to keep pores clear. After that, I apply an amazing serum - the Skinceuticals Phloretin. I only have a tiny vial and I will seriously cry when this stuff runs out.
I've been using it for a couple days, applying a fairly generous amount. I've tried it before but was unimpressed and thought it made my skin burn a bit, so I laid off (I was also on Accutane then, I think). I'm already seeing results, it's pretty incredible. My looks calmer and less hyperpigmented already.
Downside is this stuff costs $150. Nooo! I don't know what I'll do when I run out; I'm totally broke but I think it's actually a good investment. I don't think I'll need it indefinitely because it's too expensive to use it on the regular, but I'd love to use it until my hyperpigmentation fades.
I'm really hesitant about using a retinoid, especially since I apparently still have traces of old breakouts left over. I've also found that even Green Cream can be harsh and drying, and my makeup looks awful (I've realized) over flaky skin. The Phloretin also takes much less time and is a serum - I hate creams.
I've pretty much decided to maintain a skincare regimen that includes a solid AHA/glycolic cleanser, along (maybe) with a light toner, some Vichy mist (basically mineral water to calm) and this serum. I really don't think my skin reacts well to moisturizers, even though it's not outlandishly oily.
Hoorah. I was really worrying about how I'd maintain my skin after Accutane. I'm still thinking of using a retinoid, but I feel like it's too late since I've been off Accutane for a month or two now... I'd hate for my skin to start purging. =X
And that's pretty much it! How are you all doing?