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My Tretinoin Journey: Week 13 Results

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Day 85: I woke up this morning with pretty good skin. A few tiny new breakouts. The previous ones are healing in the process. I like what I’m seeing. πŸ™‚ Well, not the breakouts, but how my skin is improving. My skin doesn’t feel dry or irriated still. This is working soooo much better! I must say that I’m happy I didn’t wait 6 months or more to realize that Tret wasn’t working for me. Now I’m moving forward and reaching my skin goals. I can’t wait what the next day (couple of days) will bring! So excited!

Day 86: Today marks 1 WEEK on Taz. The first week went by really fast. I started to purge on the first day. The purging went on the whole week, but at the same time my skin was healing and clearing up! The texture of my skin is improving too. I barely experienced red, dry skin. Very little skin peeling. All in all, I noticed that my skin looked better. Sometimes you just know that something is working. I’m happy that I moved on to something new. For the past 12 weeks, it wasn’t that great as I thought.

Day 87: I’m thinking of adding Tret into my routine once a week, but I don’t know when. I have the next four days to choose, haha. Or, I might start adding it into my routine next week. It is Thanksgiving week, and I don’t want my skin peeling on Thanksgiving day. There’s not a lot of peeling with Taz. Is it even working anymore? LOL. So, I’ve added some AHAs and trying to finish up my azelaic acid (which I’m not going to buy again), since my skin doesn’t feel dry or irritated from Taz. There is no irritation at all. It makes me question if it’s going to work long term. Overall, my skin has improved from not being overly dry and red. My skin has calmed down after stopping Tret.

Day 88: The AHAs I’m using have been making my skin purge more rapidly in combination with Taz. I don’t think Taz is the answer to clearing up my skin. I didn’t want to waste time, so I am using AHAs in the morning and at night to clear my skin. I think it’s working from what I’m seeing. It’s unclogging pores day by day. I will not be using AHAs when I’m using the higher strength of Tret. That would be a disaster to my skin. When I’m on the lower strength, I’ll have to see. I don’t know how I’m going to react to it yet. But, my skin has been very moisturized and hydrated as of late when using Taz + AHAs. It’s not dry at all. It’s making me question if it’s working. :/

Day 89: My skin looks good today. A little bit of acne left. I’m seeing a positive trend when using Taz with other exfoliants. I AM SO HAPPY! Along with the moisturizers I’m using, WOW! My skin actually is looking good! I hope it continues this way. So when to add Tret in? After Thanksgiving? Hmmm.

Day 90: I decided to add Tret into my routine tonight. I’m going to see what happens tomorrow morning.

Day 91: My skin turned red this morning. lol. I think I’m going to use Tret 1-2 times a week until I get my hands on the lower strength. I can tell that Tret definitely changes the texture of my skin. It looks so glossy and smooth! πŸ™‚ My skin is 95% clear right now. I’m getting a pimple here and there from purging. Most of the purge happened last week and have healed (mostly). I’m just purging a pimple here and there. So I think the combination of products is working for me right now. As always, I will tweek my routine if I have to. I can’t wait to see results within another month! πŸ™‚

Moving on to the next week!

*Wow, it’s been 3 months*

*sigh* :/

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

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 7 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 8 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 9 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 10 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 11 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 12 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 12 Results

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Day 78: It’s a new week. Ugh, my skin feels a little rough from last week’s purge. Trying my best to hold on. It feels kind of crusty. It’s just a lot to deal with emotionally and mentally. All I can do is hope for a better week than last week. Let’s goooo. πŸ™‚

Day 79: I skipped a night of applying moisturizers last night. My skin just became itchy due to too much moisture. Who knew that was going to happen. haha. All I did was apply the medication to my skin, and that’s it. From this experience and prior experiences, using the medication directly on the skin is defiintely much stronger compared to buffering. I can feel the difference within a few days. But, wow, it’s super irritating. I am back to moisturizing my skin tonight. Lots and lots of moisture. I’m going to bathe my skin in hydration tonight. I hope it works out. hahaha.

Day 80: This journey has been going…um…not as expected. So I’m going to use Tret only 2-3 times a week. I’ve noticed that using it directly on the skin is more effective than buffering. It comes with a cost — red, itchy, dry skin. Buffering was good at first, but I soon noticed that the results plateaued. After using Tret directly on my skin, I purged a bit, so I’m better off applying it directly on my skin. As I said, use less of it during the week. Also, I saw a huge difference in clogged pores. They healed faster too. Crusted off, lol.

Day 81: This cycle of my skin clearing up and breaking out again is getting really annoying. From my own experience with retinoids, on my own skin, it’s usually that I breakout in acne then clear up rapidly. And I feel that Tret is not working for me in terms of acne OR the strength is too high. I’m going to say that being on a higher strength would lead to more irritation than results. SO, what I am going to do is bump the dose down. I’ve tried the 0.05 cream before and that was a terrible experience. My skin doesn’t do well with cream formulations (most of the time). I have oily skin that clogs easily. I’ll try the gel formula this time instead! I’ll start using it when I get my hands on the product. In the meantime, I do have another retinoid that I’m going to use in place along with using Tret 2-3 times a week. I’ll have to see how my skin feels about that.

Day 82: So I’m on a different retinoid right now (Taz)….and WOW. No skin irritation, redness, or itchy skin! NO BURNING! This is something I have used before that cleared up my skin. I stopped using it because I ran out and couldn’t get any more. BUT, I’m happy that I’m back on it. So I am currently PURGING from day 1. My skin doesn’t look or feel swollen at all. No dryness. I am using it every night along with moisturizing my skin. I gotta say, it’s working! You know when you can just tell if something is working on your skin? That’s how I’m feeling right now. This could be my main retinoid if it works out. πŸ™‚

Day 83: Day 4 on Taz — I AM PURGING!! So this whole time when I was on Tret, it didn’t even unclog all of my pores! WOW, so much time WASTED!!! I’m a little upset and furious now. 😠 It feels like I’m starting all over. It looks like I’m starting a new journey. It is what it is.

Day 84: Day 5 — I’m still purging!! Skin is looking a lot smoother and prettier! I love it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ This is exactly what I wanted!! I haven’t experienced peeling, irritation, burning, or anything like that within 5 days of using Taz. I think this is working better for me compared to Tret. SO, I’m beginning a new journey…

Lesson of the week: If you feel that something isn’t working or is off, go with that feeling. Just because a product works for someone, that doesn’t mean it’ll work for you. I decided to continue on with Taz, but use Tret 1-2 times a week. Maybe even once a week because I’m seeing results with Taz. So why am I still using Tret? It’s because I have a bunch of leftovers, and it did provide some antiaging benefits. It didn’t do much for the rest of my acne (which was very minor to begin with). I don’t think it should take this long to clear it up. I only have minor-moderate acne. Nothing severe at this point or even to begin with. wth. πŸ˜‘ I do feel like I wasted a lot of time on Tret. πŸ™ BUT, moving on…

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

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 7 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 8 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 9 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 10 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 11 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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