My Tretinoin Journey: Week 5 Results
Oct. 3, 2020Leave a comment
Here are my WEEK 5 RESULTS!!
Day 29: I’m starting Week 5!! The question is, “Am I done with the initial breakout/purging?” The answer is NO. The breakouts have settled down, but I’m still getting tiny little pimples every day. My skin is still peeling every day too. I tried using a facial scrub to remove the dead skin vs using a facial brush with soft bristles. The latter worked much better. Sometimes I use the combination of the two for a cleaner feel. Either way, my skin doesn’t feel irritated or red. It has helped improve my skin. I don’t want dead skin sticking to my face when I can remove them for the next Tret application. If you’re wondering if I’m being too harsh on my skin, I’m not. The sensitivity has declined. My skin can tolerate Tret every day. The only thing I noticed is that my skin gets really itchy, but it doesn’t feel dry. lol. Yeah, I know, that sounds weird, but that’s what’s going on — itchy skin that doesn’t feel dry.
Day 30: This is weird. Just yesterday, I was saying that my skin doesn’t feel dry. Today, it feels very dry, lol. All I did was go about my normal skin care routine. I think I’m going to stop using Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic and Cos De BAHA Acne Serum and see if the dryness is going to subside any time soon. And I did get a few new breakouts and more peeling today. In the most random places! I don’t know when it’s going to stop. 🙁 The itchiness is bothering me. I know I shouldn’t itch my face, but it’s like a natural reaction. I end up itching my face without realizing it. 😢
Day 31: Stopped using Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic and Cos De BAHA Acne Serum. Skin is going back to its natural state. When my skin calms down, I’ll get back on it but only use them 1-2 times a week. I’m going to build my way up from there. I have noticed an improvement in my skin with them, but I think it was too much and too soon. It eventually dried out my skin. Skin that is over-exfoliated is NEVER a good thing. It makes the dryness and itchiness worse.
This morning, I double cleansed because my skin felt dry. It was only for today due to the dryness. It helped. I did get a few more tiny pimples today. Bleh. They are getting on my nerves once again. I just want to be done with the initial breakout and see fully clear skin. Well, it’s only been 1 month, so I have a long way to go. I’m just dreaming now. ✨ hehe. 🙂
Day 32: Another day of double cleansing. My skin is so dry, ahhhhh. I had more breakouts today. They were tiny. More skin peeling. I’m starting to get annoyed with the constant breakouts and dryness. My skin itches so much even with moisturizer! I feel like scratching my whole face off! The weather isn’t helping either, since it’s getting cooler, colder. But, I know I have to pull through. I really don’t know how long it’s going to take to clear up my skin. Hopefully soon.
Day 33: Today, I added hemp oil back into my routine as a moisturizer. Rosehip oil isn’t enough right now. I’m doing a combo of the two + Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Cream (purchased this but haven’t used it yet…it’s the only moisturizer I have that can go on the face). My skin is clearly getting really dry, and I think it has to do with the change in weather. Even the corner of my lips cracked. 😢 I’m happy that I stopped using Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic and Cos De BAHA Acne Serum two days ago. That was a good decision because my skin would’ve been worse. I won’t be restarting them any time soon.
Tonight, I decided to not take a break from Tret, but I’m going to apply moisturizer over Tret. I’m using rosehip oil, hemp oil, and Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Cream. Those are the only three moisturizers I have without SPF. I did order some more moisturizers to try out. In the meantime, I’m doing these three and take it from there. I need something to hydrate my skin. Skin looks terrible when it’s dry! Hopefully I get results from doing this. We will see! My skin definitely feels so much better with a moisturizer on. Less irritation and soothing.
Day 34: Last night, I’m really glad I moisturized on top of Tret. Wow, my skin feels and looks so much better. I’m going to continue to use Tret like this. I can’t wait to experiment with other moisturizers to see what works best for me. The moisturizers I’m using aren’t moisturizing enough. It’s good enough for now, but I think I’m going to need something more hydrating since it’s getting colder. I woke up this morning with slightly dry skin even though I heavily moisturized my skin last night. My skin sucked all the moisturizers up!
As for the hemp oil, I’m going to use it at night only. I think it’s too heavy on my skin in the AM. It doesn’t absorb into my skin well compared to rosehip. I don’t like the way it feels on my skin, and it bothers me (makes my skin itch). At night, I’m OK with it because I’m sleeping, lol.
I can’t believe I did this last night too. I applied petroleum jelly to my face. 😲 This is something I would never do unless my skin is compromised. I feel like it’s the time to apply it to my face. My skin looks red and irritated from the dryness. I need something to soften my skin up and soothe it even more. Petroleum jelly it is! By the way, if you don’t know what that is…think Vaseline…but I’m not using the Vaseline brand. I’m using a store brand. Works the same and is cheaper.
Day 35: Woke up this morning with less irritated skin all thanks to petroleum jelly. I love the results! My skin feels softer and smoother. Also, it calmed a lot of the redness down! I know I won’t be able to use petroleum jelly for long, but it’s working for me right now. My skin feels more relaxed when it’s on. This morning, I mixed my facial moisturizer (Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Cream) with rosehip oil and petroleum jelly. I just felt my skin needed something extra to prevent dryness. All of the other skin care products I have weren’t helping. It is what it is. Hopefully I don’t break out from it when using it short-term.
I stopped using these facial cleansers because my skin just can’t handle them right now…
They sting my face and cause more irritation. I tried Trader Joe’s Nourish All-in-One Facial Cleanser again, and it didn’t clean my skin good enough. I can feel a slick of oil left behind. Thankfully, I remembered that I purchased Derma E Hydrating Gentle Cleanser some time ago, so I decided to try that out. It didn’t sting my skin and left my skin cleaner compared to Trader Joe’s Nourish All-in-One Facial Cleanser. I hope it works! I’m not a huge fan of Derma E. A lot of their products are misses. Wish me luck! 😁
So one of my face creams arrived today. It’s the Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Renewal Cream (another Derma E product!). I’ve used this before in the past, but I don’t remember if it was any good or not. We’ll see how it goes again. Since the cream is thicker compared to the Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Cream, I’m not going to apply petroleum jelly to my face anymore (right now). I’ll use petroleum jelly if my face ever gets sore. It’s awesome stuff, by the way! I’m happy that I had it sitting around. Saved my skin for a night. 👍🏻
As for Tret, I decided to take a break from it tonight. Maybe another night or two to restore my moisture barrier. I feel that my skin is a lot more sensitive now. I noticed this when I scratched my face by accident. The skin came off. 😑 What I’m doing tonight is just moisturizing. It looks like keeping my skin moisturized has helped minimize acne. My skin was simply just too dry to heal from the initial breakout. With the moisture, dead skin comes off easier, and my skin looks better. It’s less itchy too. Yep, so that’s what I’m going to do.
Also, I said I was going to use hemp oil only at night. I decided to not use it anymore to moisturize my skin. It seems like it sits on top of my skin and doesn’t absorb properly. Meh. I’ll stick with rosehip oil as my go-to oil. It doesn’t make my face look greasy and leaves my skin moisturized + I have other moisturizing options. 🙂
Note: I’ll do a review on the new skin care products when I become more familiar with them. 🙂
More on my My Tretinoin Journey:
My Tretinoin Journey: Week 1 Results
My Tretinoin Journey: Week 2 Results
My Tretinoin Journey: Week 3 Results
My Tretinoin Journey: Week 4 Results
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