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Obagi (w/ Retin-a micro) log

Hi!

I know the Obagi line has been bashed a little around here, but I've decided to give it a try at the recommendation of the person who will be doing my Smoothbeam treatments.

Anyway, I started using the products this past Wednesday night (October 8th), and first used the Retin-a & Blender combo on Friday night. The recommendation was to use Retin-a every other day for the first week, but then to move up to every day if my skin is dealing well with it.

It's a bunch of steps, but probably will get easier. So far, my skin is a bit pink (looks like I got a little sun), and tight feeling, and dry in places. It's pretty clear -- I had a facial last Wednesday, and had 5-6 zits then which I still have the marks from now, but they're pretty quickly going away. (Facials are pretty cool, btw -- no more blackheads, and those zits cleared up *so* much faster than normal.)

Background: I'm mostly interested in improving acne scars at this point, though my constant 3-5 zits are really bugging me (they persisted even with my previous Diffferin/Doxycyclen/Klaron/Birth control regimen). The texture of my skin frankly sucks between the scars, pores, uneven skin tone, etc., etc. I definitely don't like getting too close to the mirror when I'm putting on makeup. wink.gif

More background: I think I first started breaking out in 6th grade, and had *very* severe acne by the time I was starting high school. After having tried absolutely everything (I don't think I've seen anything mentioned on here that I didn't use at some point wink.gif), my dermatologist put me on Accutane, one 6 month course of which cleared me up about 95%, I'd say. (That was roughly 8 years ago; I'm 22 now)

Anyway, I'm hoping to post pictures tonight, and I'll attempt to update them weekly. smile.gif

-kristin

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Ok, so the retin-a related peeling has started...ick! I'm glad my coworkers aren't too focused on appearances. wink.gif Skin is more than a little on the "ow" side -- like a moderate sunburn. The color of my skin is pretty similar to how I look when sunburned, too. All this after only having used the retin-a twice in the past 5 days!

No initial breakout, yet...I'm sorta praying it won't happen, but trying not to get my hopes up.

-kristin

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Today marks the end of a week on the Obagi regimen. (Or, well, tonight will). I think it's working pretty well so far -- my skin definitely has a pink tinge to it, but it's incredibly smooth, and no new breakouts thus far. (and the zits I had from before are quickly going away). I noticed in the mirror @ the gym this morning (evil, evil flourescent lights!) that my skin looked much better than usual. (I promise I'll try and post pictures soon, but the changes might be too subtle to notice via pictures right now...)

I think my skin is dealing pretty well with the retin-a, so I'm going to start using it every night instead of every other night.

-kristin

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Hi Pongwench. I hope it goes well for you.

BTW what strength are you using?

and how much did you pay for your retin A micro? It's just that we don't have it in the Uk but I saw it on the internet for $129.

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I hope it goes well, too. [-o<

I've got the .1% -- my insurance covers it so I'm not sure how much my local pharmacy would charge, but drugstore.com has it for ~$70...

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Today, more peeling & dryness, still pink, but nothing too horrible. Oh -- and, today was the first day in a long, long while that I didn't have to blot my face 20 times before lunch. Yay! Though I'd imagine that when the initial pink/dry/peeling phase is over, the oil will come back. wink.gif

I do have probably about 8 pimples on my chin, but they're pretty tiny -- I only noticed them while I was washing my face 'cause they're bumpy. If this is the initial breakout I'm going to experience, I'm pretty happy with it. biggrin.gif/

-kristin

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I have done Obagi regime for few months.

You have to be very persistent. It helped the most when I combined it with microdermabrasion. But you will have to stay on it even if you have reached desired result.

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Thanks for the info. smile.gif I'm hoping to get my skin cleared out & healthier (and maybe make some headway with the scars), and then I'm planning on having a few sessions of smoothbeam.

My skin is still pretty dry and peeling (I'm not sure how many more layers the area around my mouth can shed wink.gif) My skin is *really* tight feeling -- facial expressions take a little effort. wink.gif No major breakout -- just a couple of pimples here and there (maybe 5 small ones, total), but nothing huge. Also -- not all that visible due to the pink skin.

Also -- I managed to put a little too much retin-a a little too close to the right corner of my mouth -- owwwwww! #-o Trying to avoid that area with Exfoderm & retin-a for a few days.

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I stopped by the place where I bought my Obagi products yesterday, and they took some pictures to compare with my before pictures (though it's only been 1.5 weeks since I started retin-a micro) -- anyway, my skin has improved, though it's still a little hard to tell 'cause it's so pink. wink.gif But, the pores look smaller, definitely, and the tone *seems* more even (though it could be that it's just more evenly red wink.gif) Anyway, I think that I notice a texture change in the mirror. Also -- and this may sound a little weird -- my lip line is more defined. I dunno if anyone else experiences this, but I've often thought that my lipline, especially my lower lip, kinda blends in with the skin below it, 'cause the skin is often not healthy looking. But it seems much more defined now.

Anyway -- I still continue to peel and very mildly break out. Luckily, my skin really only seems to peel starting in the late evening and overnight, so not so much at work.

-kristin

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You know, area surrounding my mouth peeled too much 2. So I just avoided that entire area. Otherwise, it would get chopped and irritated.

As a guy I didn't enjoy the "glowing" effect either. I wouldn't mind if my face was totally clear, but when I have red spots all over and glowing, now a good combo...

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*grin*

I'm not quite sure my skin is "glowing" -- that sounds like too much of a good thing. Flaming, maybe? wink.gif

The skin around my mouth isn't irritated, really...just peeling. Kind of hard to explain -- usually, I don't even notice it's peeling until I look in the mirror -- it just feels like the rest of my skin.

How long did it take you to get past the "stimulation" phase, or whatever the Obagi people call it?

-kristin

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stimulation period? I guess you are referring to the peeling and redness period? Well....my face gets reddened still, but as long as I don't apply to my mouth area, I don't experience peeling much. Only when I use #4 and #5 will it get somewhat flaky.

Whatever you do, for at least couple of month, don't rub your skin, especially with a tower. Hec, if you don't believe me, try it out and see...

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No, I believe you. smile.gif Did you ever get past the red, peeling phase?

I was reading a log of someone who did the Obagi thing, and she described rubbing her face with a rough washcloth to get all the peeling skin off! I was like "Owwwwww!"

I fell asleep before putting on retin-a last night, so my skin feels pretty normal this morning, though still a little pink.

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Not too badly, I'd say -- I only have one active pimple, right along my hairline. My skin is still a slightly sunburned shade of pink, but it *looks* healthier than it would otherwise. Not quite sure how to explain it...

It's hard to tell if the texture is improving, because most of the skin in the top layer is fairly dry, and so kinda wrinkley.

How is it working for you?

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I'm only using it on the bottom half of my face since thats where the breakouts were happening. I'm considering putting it all over but I dunno if I can handle my whole face going crazy at once. So far, no BIG breakout (just starting the 3rd week). I see a lot of blackheads coming to the surface along my jaw. I don't know if that's normal or not though

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Yeah, it is kind of annoying to have your entire face red and peeling. wink.gif

On that note, my entire face is not currently red & peeling, which worries me a little bit. Has my skin started to tolerate the retin-a already? Seems too early (2 weeks) -- they say it takes six weeks for new skin cells to reach the surface... And, as weird as it may sound, I want more peeling! wink.gif I've started to apply the retin-a both morning & night, so we'll see what happens.

-kristin

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Yay! More peeling!

I'm so weird -- it just seems like the peeling is probably doing the most to correct the superficial texture problems with my skin -- it's visual progress, to me. biggrin.gif/ I've started to use retin-a both morning & night, which may prove to be too much for my skin, but we'll see.

Anyway, my skin is still pretty clear, in terms of breakouts. It's pink, and very smooth to the touch -- almost *too* smooth. :lol: It may be just wishful thinking, but I think I can see a definite difference since I started this treatment (about 2 weeks ago). I tried taking pictures again last night, but it's really hard to get the level of detail I need to monitor my progress. Luckily, my facialist has fairly detailed photos, and hopefully I can get her to post them...

-kristin

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My skin seems to have returned to what it looked like on Monday (10/20) -- very tight, tender, & lots of peeling -- after skipping retin-a on Monday night. I wonder if it will continue to get more peel-y, or if this is about as bad as it gets. Little under 4 weeks to go until those new skin cells are supposed to start surfacing... wink.gif

-krsitin

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Pretty much the same, though I do have two teensy weensy pimples -- one on my right jawline, and one on the right side of my upper lip. My neck is crazy itchy from the retin-a, and rather pink -- hopefully it will be better soon.

-kristin

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I had to take a break from my regimen 'cause I had surgery this past Thursday. I hadn't used retin-a the night before my surgery, and left my skin completely clean the morning of the surgery, but I didn't realize that there was going to be tape around my eyes -- pulled off quite a bit of skin when they took the tape off! Ouch!

Anyway, I wasn't able to wash my face properly until this morning, and my skin was *so* icky -- peeling, peeling, everywhere. Seems to have settled down now, though I've still got some scalyness around the eyes where the tape was.

One thing -- even with all this ickyness going on, and not being use my products for several days, I've only got two very small pimples -- one on my left jawline, and the other just next to my mouth on the left side. I'd say this is pretty cool. smile.gif

-kristin

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My face is *so* oily! Must be my skin reacting to not being well cared for from Thurs-Tuesday. Ick! I hope it finishes reacting soon. Other than being oily, doesn't look bad -- a few pimples (maybe 3-4 really little ones), but other than that, good.

-k

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Long time since I last updated...

Same old thing -- redness, peeling, dry skin, etc., etc.

One pimple on the left side of my chin, along the jaw, a few on my neck, just below jaw line. Otherwise, clear, though I do have 2-3

small bumps that aren't pimples, though they are pink -- hard to explain. One on each cheek, close to my nose, and one just below

my lip on the left side. Had them for around a month now, I think. They're small, so I'm not too worried, but I still wish they'd go away.

My 5 year high school reunion is coming up next weekend -- I had *horrible* skin in high school, so I'm actually looking forward to

seeing everyone again, now that my skin is so much better.

I'm thinking of adding some vitamins in to help my skin along -- CoQ10, ALA, etc. I already have Evening Primrose in the vitamin

set from GNC that I've been taking -- I hear that's supposed to help a bit.

I'm hoping to schedule my first Smoothbeam for early January -- seems like it's far away right now, but it will probably come up pretty

quickly. Have to see what they say at the place where I'm getting my facials done...

My boyfriend (who probably knows my face better than I do. smile.gif) says that he sees improvement in my skin. He says that where

before, my skin had a general pock-marked appearence, now he just sees the scars in isolated places, and the overall texture is

smoother. I was just noticing the other day that it looks like my pores on my cheeks have gotten smaller -- they were pretty huge

before. It's so hard to look objectively at my own face...also, my skin looks better in the morning than at night, but my brain has

trouble separating memories of morning skin vs. night skin. *sighs*

But, I'm happy with my progress so far. biggrin.gif/

-kristin

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hi all- i just started retin-a micro 2 days ago, and since then i have had some facial puffiness and a bit of swelling around my eyes. does this mean that i am allergic to it or is it a side effect that will subside??

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hi kristin!

i just started on my obagi regimen last night..i expect to see results in 2 weeks...am keepin my fingers crossed. my problem is mainly acne scars (red and pitted ones)...

waiting for your update smile.gif

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