My Acne Journey: 6 Months + 3 Weeks!
I’ve reached 39 days on tret! & 6 Months + 3 Weeks on this acne journey. I feel like it’s never-ending, lol. This is what happened this week!
Moisturizer Problems 😒
After a week of using the new strength (from last week), holy macaroni! My skin turned beet red and burned when applying moisturizer. Did I stop using tret? NOPE! I continued on with treatment. This happened within the first few days of this week. To lessen the redness and irritation, I started using moisturizer more often (even when the moisturizer burned my face). I moisturized in the morning and at night. Eventually my skin calmed down and went back to normal after slathering my face with moisturizer. I kept on moisturizing my face twice a day for the rest of the week, except for the last 2 days. Using moisturizer for most of the week was a bad idea because my skin couldn’t tolerate that much moisture or could it be the moisturizer I’m using? The moisturizer I’m still using is Vanicream Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. I feel like I’ve said this so many times already, lol. Vanicream Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin is a nice moisturizer. It’s lightweight, soft, soothing, and contains skin repairing ingredients. It works to prevent my skin from drying out. It also heals and protects it too. But, I don’t think it’s working for me. I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s right for me or not. Well, I found out the answer today. I stopped using this moisturizer for 2 days, and my skin stopped having breakouts. I tried using it again this morning. By night, my skin started to get bumpy. Some spots on my forehead and around my mouth area. I developed pimples out of nowhere when using this moisturizer. It’s not tret. It’s the Vanicream moisturizer. I think it could be the squalane in this product that’s clogging my pores. It breaks me out. I tried squalane oil and other products with squalane before. No success with any of those products, except for the squalane cleanser. It gets washed off, so it doesn’t stay on my skin for long. I’m officially done using Vanicream on my face. Ugh! I really liked how it made my skin feel (moisturized and protected). I guess I have to find something else to use or not use a moisturizer. It’s not working out, and I’m tired of getting random pimples out of nowhere. Vanicream works well as an eye cream though, lol. Compared to an eye cream, it’s way more affordable. I’ll use the rest for that purpose.
I had to stop using the Altruist Sunscreen SPF 50 on my face. I used it last week and noticed breakouts while I was using it. I developed tons of hard sebum plugs within my pores and blackheads. I thought it was from another skin care product, but all of the breakouts occurred when I was using this sunscreen. It would’ve been awesome if this sunscreen worked on my skin. The sunscreen is moisturizing. It has a soft and creamy texture and blends into the skin well. Even though it leaves the skin looking shiny and greasy, I wasn’t too bothered by it. It provides high UVB and UVA protection. I just can’t use it on my face due to breakouts. I’ve been using what I have left (couple of tubes, lol) as an eye cream and neck cream with SPF. Since I can’t use it on my face, I’m not sure if I’m going to purchase it again. I’ll have to think about it. It feels great on the skin around my eyes and neck. Blends in effortlessly and smoothly.
That’s all for this week. Just eliminating products that don’t work on my skin and have been causing problems. It sucks knowing that I’ve been using them this whole time! I’m glad they’re out of the way. I think I’m going to take a few days off tret. I honestly don’t want to think about it right now. This whole journey has been pretty frustrating. In the meantime, I’ll replace tret with a vitamin c serum or another antioxidant. Hopefully it’ll do something good for my skin. That’s my update for this week. It’s almost 7 months… 😌
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