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My Tretinoin Journey: Week 7 Results

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Cos De BAHA Retinol 2.5 Serum
Cos De BAHA Retinol 2.5 Serum

Week 7…. πŸ€—

Day 43: It’s the beginning of Week 7! I noticed about 4 pimples on my face when I woke up this morning. They were very little. It’s not a cyst or anything like that. Three of them vanished by night. The last one looked like it’s going to disappear soon. Maybe tomorrow? Not bad. So my skin feels dry and itchy still. The dry patches are annoying. I have a couple of moisturizing skin care products coming tomorrow! I’m excited for that! I need something more moisiturizing than what I’m using right now. And I’m using a lot of moisturizing skin care products. lol. I’m trying! The dryness from Tret is definitely real. I thought about taking a break, but I don’t think I really need to when I’m buffering. It seems to be working for me. I’m getting results. But the dry skin and the cool weather…it makes my skin even MORE dry…

Let’s see what the new moisturizing skin care products can do when I get my hands on them! πŸ™‚ Hopefully no new breakouts!! 🀞🏻

Day 44: My skin looked reddish this morning. No new pimples. I’m really hating this itchy skin. I did a couple of layers of squalane too. I haven’t broken out from squalane either. That’s a good sign. I’m going to keep it in my skin care routine, but I don’t think it’s moisturizing enough.

By the end of the night, my skin was beyond irritated. Super, super itchy to the point I was constantly trying to itch my face gently. I know I shouldn’t, but it was so irritating and annoying. I’m going to take a break from Tret and moisturize my skin tonight. I have a couple of new moisturizers…

I also applied petroleum jelly all over my face too. I had too. My skin was beyond irritated and red. I’m so glad I have it around whenever I need it! It helps! Hopefully my skin calms down by tomorrow.

Day 45: Skin felt better this morning. Itchiness decreased. I think it’s because of the petroleum jelly. What a skin saver! haha! I used petroleum jelly this morning too along with my other moisturizing skin care products. My skin looked and felt less red and irritated by night. πŸ™‚

I’m going to rest my skin tonight again. I just feel that my skin is too irritated and sensitive right now to continue on with Tret. I’ll get back on it when my skin is ready. Two rest days so far…let’s see how it goes for the rest of the week. Finding a very good moisturizer that doesn’t break out the skin is key to getting through this. Let’s see what tomorrow holds!

Day 46: After two days off of Tret, my skin calmed down. Good, good. I didn’t want to slow down the process. It is good to have rest days during the week or moisturize more. I didn’t have any other moisturizing skin care products to use, so I had to take a break. My skin wasn’t having it. lol. So I have one new moisturizing skin care product that arrived today.

I’m going to try it out to restore the moisture in my skin. I’m discontinuing one skin care product from my skin care routine. It wasn’t working for me. I tried, and it failed each and every time.

Currently, I have a couple of pimples from the skin dryness and irritation. I’m trying to calm my skin down for the bumps to go away. It seems to be working. So everyone, dry skin can lead to acne breakouts. Make sure to moisturize. If the moisturizers you have aren’t moisturizing enough, find another moisturizer or two. Just make sure you moisturize the ^&@!! out of your skin to protect your skin from drying out. Looking at my skin care routine, I’m using A TON of moisturizing skin care products. lol. πŸ€— It’s workingggggg. πŸ™‚

Day 47: This morning, I noticed that a lot of the acne breakouts from having dry skin are shrinking. Surely but slowly. That’s better than nothing. The moisture levels in my skin have increased. It doesn’t last forever, but I’m making sure to replenish it whenever I can.

So I am double cleansing again. I’m not using hemp oil anymore. I’m using an actual cleansing oil (that washes off clean). I picked up this product right here…

I haven’t used this cleansing oil before, but I’m really excited about it. I used it this morning, and it felt nice on my skin. After using this cleansing oil, I followed up with my face wash, which is Derma E Hydrating Gentle Facial Cleanser.

I’m having issues with sunscreen/sunblock. I feel that it’s drying out my skin. I’m currently using Differin Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30. It hasn’t broken me out, but it’s definitely not hydrating during the winter. Just a thought. Same as my bb creams (makeup). They dry out my skin. I’ll be on the search for a more moisturizing sunscreen/sunblock and bb cream or foundation.

I also added another skin care product into my routine. I know, I know. I’m adding a lot of skin care products all at once, which isn’t a good idea, but I’m just going to do it. haha. My skin feels so much better now than before. The skin care product I’m adding is Cos De BAHA Azelaic 10 Serum. Hopefully this will help with the small bumps and acne scars. I used it this morning, and it didn’t dry my skin out. Let’s see how it goes in the next couple of days.

Day 48: Just a few more days left of this week. I’m nowhere near my goal. I stopped caring about how long it’ll take to reach my goal. I decided to take it much slower. The results seem better when I have breaks when using Tret. Less irritation for sure. I didn’t like how my skin dried out using it every night (even with moisturizers). In saying that, I won’t be using Tret every night anymore. I’m going to use it only 4-5 days a week. For the nights I don’t use Tret, I will be using Cos De BAHA Azelaic 10 Serum. This serum doesn’t burn or tingle my skin at all. Let’s see how this goes. I’m thinking about adding Cos De BAHA Retinol 2.5 Serum on my off days too, since it doesn’t dry out my skin either + the excessive amount of moisurizers I’m applying to my skin helps a ton!

Would love to mention that my skin is effortlessly peeling again after taking a few days off of Tret and jumping back on it. Taking a short break seemed to do the trick. πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» I think I learned the hard way though. 😢 Some of the new breakouts were from irritation and very dry skin. Whew! Now let’s move in the right direction!

Day 49: It’s the last day of week 7! My skin was peeling again this morning (leftovers). And there’s still skin hanging from my face. Putting on makeup is so hard when I’m going through this. It takes a lot of time to make my skin look ‘decent’. A couple of new pimples emerged after peeling. My skin looks really glowy and smooth. Love, love, love! β™₯

I have some MORE skin care products I’m adding tonight for more moisture and fading acne marks. I can never get enough! They are…

More skin care products…but my skin LOOKS GOOD. It’s loving it all. I haven’t had a breakout from any of it yet. Hmmm, I don’t want to jinx myself, lol. Moving on to the next week! I’M SOOOO EXCITED!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Note: Look forward to reviews on the skin care products mentioned in this post. Just because I mentioned it, doesn’t mean it’s a good product. Stay tuned for an update! πŸ™‚

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

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 5 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 6 Results

I was on Tretinoin Cream before. Read my experience here:

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Week Results!!

My Tretinoin Journey: 2 Weeks In!

My Tretinoin Journey: 3 Weeks Results

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month Results!

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month + 1 Week Results

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month + 2 Weeks Results

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month + 3 Weeks Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Going off of Tret…

Check out my 30 Days of BP too:

30 Days of BP: Week 1

30 Days of BP: Week 2

30 Days of BP: Week 3

30 Days of BP: Week 4

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 6 Results

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Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Facial Toner
Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Facial Toner

Here are my WEEK 6 Results! πŸ™‚

Day 36: It’s the beginning of WEEK 6! 🀯 Should I start panicking because I’m not fully clear yet? lol. I’m just kidding. πŸ˜‰ So last night, I woke up in the middle of the night, my skin was soooo itchy. I took some petroleum jelly and smeared it all over my face! Just like that, my skin felt better. I didn’t wake up with any new pimples doing this (thank goodness). This morning, I applied petroleum jelly to my face too. My skin just calmed down after that. It works, and I’m going to use it when my skin needs it. πŸ™‚

I did not get any new pimples today. I’m just recovering from the ones I’ve been dealing with. Something is telling me that some of the pimples were from dryness and skin irritation in general. Not from the actual initial breakout (if that makes any sense). All of the dryness and itchiness just exacerbated it. Many of the pimples have reduced in size and disappeared just by moisturizing my skin. My skin looks softer and smoother now. Once again, no new pimples have emerged. Hmmmm.

I’m back on Tret tonight, but I’m going to go about it differently. I’m going to apply moisturizer, Tret, then another moisturizer on top. What I’m doing is buffering. This is going to decrease the irritation that comes along with the use of Tret while reaping the benefits. I followed this method tonight, and my skin feels amazing. There was no burning, dryness, irritation of any kind. Tret just smoothed over my skin like butter. The moisturizer made it much easier to apply Tret too. Keep in mind that I did wait between product applications, so each product application has time to absorb into my skin before the next step.

I hope this works! πŸ™‚

Day 37: I woke up this morning with skin that wasn’t red or irritated. It looked good. No new pimples. At the moment, the left side of my face has two pimples. I’m not even kidding. The right side of my face is more troublesome. It’s ‘purging’ at a slower rate. I’ll let it go at its own pace. I don’t have any cysts. Only tiny little zits. I think they’ll vanish by the end of the week (hopefully). I have some forehead acne. There’s about 7ish pimples, but they are tiny. Most of these breakouts are shrinking the more I moisturize my skin. Moisturizing is very important to get through the initial breakout/purge. Very, very important! πŸ‘ˆπŸ» My skin looks wayyyy better now compared to a couple of days ago! πŸ₯°

I had to stop using Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Renewal Cream due to it giving me whiteheads. But here’s a good idea, I’ll use Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Cream in place of it. lol. It’s not a super heavy moisturizer, but it works to keep my skin hydrated. I haven’t noticed any breakouts from it yet. My skin doesn’t feel too dry anymore doing this method. Obviously, I’m not trying to get whiteheads…goodbye Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Renewal Cream. You suck! πŸ‘Ώ

Day 38: This morning I noticed that my skin is peeling. πŸ™‚ Since I’ve been moisturizing my skin, there is no redness or irritation going on. My skin did get a little itchy last night. I think it’s because my moiturizer isn’t ‘heavy’. There’s no way for me to use a heavy, thicker moiturizer without breaking out. I think I’m good for now until I find something more hydrating that’s suitable for oily, acne-prone skin.

My skin peeled at night. πŸ™‚ Sooo happy! One new pimple appeared after the peel, but I’m just so happy that my skin didn’t feel/look irritated or red after peeling. It doesn’t feel too dry either! The skin just came off! 😁 All of this moisturizing is helping the process go by much smoother! My skin looks glowy and healthy afterwards! If it keeps going like this, it’s going to be awesome! I’m excited to see results in a few months. πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ» I’m already seeing improvements after making this change. 😊😊

Day 39: I noticed some new pimples on the left side of my face. About 4 of them. My forehead has 2. Right side has 1. Looks like acne has diminished tremendously. Obviously after peeling, some new ones will pop up, especially with my skin type. I have some more skin peeling going on. They’re more noticeable when I apply makeup. My skin doesn’t feel dry at all due to moiturizing, but it does feel itchy from skin flakes hanging from my face. I think this is the best my skin has been. With the dry and itchy skin, it was such as mess. I’m seeing progress!

Some skin care products I’ve introduced:

I needed a gentle physical exfoliator. Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Pearl Exfoliator felt gentle on the skin without irritating it. Works for now compared to other exfoliators that are more abrasive. I can’t use anything like that right now. It’ll just tear my skin apart. The reason why I’m using an exfoliator is because my skin gets really itchy when I leave the dead skin on my face. And not all of the dead skin comes off after a peel. Some are stuck on the face. Sounds gross but that’s what happens, haha.

I am reintroducing some previous skin care products. They are Cos De BAHA 10% Niacinamide Serum and Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Facial Toner. Let’s see how these go. From what I remember, they add moisture to the skin, which I really need right now. I’ll keep an eye out if they’ll clog my pores or not. If they do, I’ll stop using them ASAP.

Alright! Let’s move on to tomorrow! I’m feeling positive! πŸ™‚πŸ€—

Day 40: Skin looked reddish and flushed this morning. At the same time, my skin looked hydrated and soft. It looks smoother too. The acne on the left side of my face has diminished. My forehead and right side have cleared up. I would say that I’m about 95% clear right now. I AM SOOO HAPPY! 😊😊😊😊😊😊!!! Now I have to deal with acne marks. This morning I introduced another serum I used to use…

I hope this helps fade acne marks along with the other serums I mentioned the other day. Looking forward to results tomorrow!

Day 41: Skin looks good today. I only have about 2 active pimples. WOW. What a difference within a week of just moisturizing my skin. This is working for me!! It was much easier to apply makeup this morning too. All I use is a thin layer of bb cream…and that’s it! But, with makeup, I am still dealing with skin flakes and dry patches. I moisturize the heck out of my skin before I apply makeup too. *sigh* Looks like I need to add another moiturizer to my routine. So I got my hands on some squalane today for extra moisture. I hope it works!

Day 42: I was dealing with itchy skin last night. Not sure if the squalane is going to work or not. I don’t think it’s going to be a savior to my skin. I’m going to have to look elsewhere for a better hydrating skin care product/moisturizer. I’ll continue to use the squalane and see if it’ll help or not.

At the moment, I’m dealing mainly with dryness, itchy skin, redness, and acne marks. My skin looks pretty clear with a few unnoticeable tiny pimples here and there. I decided to add some previous serums back into my skin care routine. Let’s try them again. I hope they work out this time around. If not, out they go! I’m truly, really hoping they will work out. 🀞🏻 So I’ve been using Cos De BAHA 10% Niacinamide Serum, Cos De BAHA Arbutin Niacinamide Serum, and Cos De BAHA MA Peptide Facial Toner for a few days, and it’s been going well. They smoothed out my skin even more. They added a little bit more hydration to my skin too. Here are the serums I’m adding back…

This week, huge improvement in breakouts just by adding moisturizers in! I have a long way to go to even out my skin tone and fade acne marks! I’m crossing my fingers that all of the skin care products I introduced into my routine will not break me out!

Now let’s move on to WEEK 7!! 😎

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

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 5 Results

I was on Tretinoin Cream before. Read my experience here:

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Week Results!!

My Tretinoin Journey: 2 Weeks In!

My Tretinoin Journey: 3 Weeks Results

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month Results!

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month + 1 Week Results

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month + 2 Weeks Results

My Tretinoin Journey: 1 Month + 3 Weeks Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Going off of Tret…

Check out my 30 Days of BP too:

30 Days of BP: Week 1

30 Days of BP: Week 2

30 Days of BP: Week 3

30 Days of BP: Week 4

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