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37 minutes ago, Sabii said:@ChildhoodDreams Skincare is objective. For you, the "cavemen" regimen seems to do the trick. Other people might find that they need active ingredients in their regimen in order to achieve their desired skin - its personal, and subjective to ones skin goals and concerns.
Neofight, the "prevailing wisdom" on tretinoin versus tazarotene is that tazarotene is seen more as an ingredient that treats acne, whereas tretinoin treats both acne and possesses powerful anti-aging properties. They work very similarly though, so tazarotene is also anti-aging, but according to my understanding, not as effective as tretinoin in that regard. This is my understanding anyway. The other thing is, neither tretinoin nor tazarotene are that effective as monotherapy for acne.
The bottom line is that tretinoin is currently the most powerful weapon we have against aging, with decades of research demonstrating it increases epidermal thickness, promotes healthy skin cell turnover, corrects pigmentation, treats acne, and even reduces the amount of pre-cancerous cells developed in prone individuals. It behooves literally everyone over the age of 30 (who can tolerate it) to use tretinoin (I started at 29.)
If you want to know more about tretinoin, I highly recommend Dr. Dray's tretinoin videos (Youtube.) She did a four part series on tretinoin and all of its applications, in addition to intermittent tretinoin Q and A's. Also, here is a very informative blog: https://simpleskincarescience.com/tretinoin/
I have a ridiculously extensive skincare routine that consists of three skincare applications daily (am, afternoon, and pm.) I won't go into all the details here but I will just list the ingredients/products I use.
First Cleanser (to remove sunscreen and makeup) - Heimish All Clean Balm
Second Cleanser - Cerave Hydrating Cleanser
Tretinoin 0.14% - Currently using 4 times a week, working up to every day (Curology; this is absolutely the work horse of my skin care routine)
Vitamin C - Every other day (15%)
Salicylic Acid - Usually once or twice a week using short contact therapy (1 minute)
Copper Peptides - ~1%, every other day
Niacinamide - I use a 10% Niacinamide serum and it's also in my Curology prescription at 4%
Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Lotion
Secret Key Aloe Toner
Amara Organics Aloe Gel
Mizon All In One Snail Repair Cream
Skin 1004 Centella Asiatica Ampoule
Sidmool's Madagascar Centella Asiatica Skin
Stratia Liquid Gold (a barrier repair serum containing ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids, and yes, more Niacinamide)
Various sheet masks
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SPF 60+ (copious amounts, every. single. day.)
Soo, yes it is extensive, but in line with the Asian skincare approach. I've never thought my skin looked better, acne scars and all.
To answer your original question, yes there are reports of chemical peels (even milder peels like glycolic, lactic, etc.) damaging the skin (via hyperpigmentation, atrophic scarring, etc.) over on RealSelf. Some people's skin just doesn't heal well, simple as that. I will say though that if you do go through with peels, aftercare is supposed to be able to make a HUGE difference. I'm specifically referring to copper peptide containing products, which are amazing for healing damaged skin (which is what a chemical peel does; controlled damage.) Other ingredients you may want to explore are aloe vera, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid, which are all known anti-inflammatory/skin repairing ingredients. The other important thing post peel in my opinion is occlusion. I think using an occlusive post-peel is sooo important, it creates a contained, moist healing environment for the skin.