I learned something new while watching the Dr's on TV. Never use ret-A and Glycolic acid at the same time. It may seem obvious to some but i didnt even think about it. i would use my pads and then use my ret-a night cream shortly after.
i never noticed a huge reaction but apparently it is really irritating. maybe this is what was causing all the irritation slowly.
I've since modified my regime and i never use the 2 in the same day. so far so good. i'm less irritated and my blackheads seem to be working their way out.
my forehead is annoying me but i think it's just the blackheads working their way out. DONT PICK THEM YOU ASSHAT!!!