Restarting Tret & My First Week Experience

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Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum

I was going to switch over to Alpha Skin Care Intensive Renewal Serum after The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution didn’t work for me. If you missed out on my experience with The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, follow these links!

My Experience After 1 Week Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + Other Skin Care Updates

2 Weeks Using The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. My Results!

3 Weeks With The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution + BP!

But, I moved in another direction. I was using benzoyl peroxide (which cleared up a ton of my acne!) when I decided to use tret again. It was so random. It was out of the blue. I thought, hey, let’s give this another try again. I’ve tried so many acne skin care products to get rid of my closed comedones and acne in general. I have acne-prone skin, so I need to keep my zits in check. I only have a select few closed comedones left on my forehead, upper lip, and chin area. They seem to be concentrated in these areas while my cheeks are extremely clear. I have no acne there. Benzoyl peroxide did a great job, but I needed to push it even further. Yes, I’m back to using tret. I’ve been on the lower strengths of tret for so long that I think it’s time to use the highest strength once again. I’ve had no results with the lower strengths. My acne did not budge. When I run my fingers over my facial skin, it feels bumpy. The bumps are not too visible to the naked eye, but I can feel them. I cringe every time I wash my face. I wish something as simple as 2% salicylic acid would work on my skin. Even a gentle salicylic acid face wash would be awesome. I’ve tried both of these and those darn closed comedones are still sticking around! So! Here I am using tret + benzoyl peroxide. I’m not using benzoyl peroxide at the same time as tret. I use it on my off days when necessary. If a pimple pops up or if I feel that need to use benzoyl peroxide all over, that’s what I’m going to do. I really do think benzoyl peroxide will always be a staple to treat my acne. It helps. But it seems like a combination of treatments would work better.

My Experience – 1st Application

I started using tret at the end of last week. I applied it directly to my skin and moisturized with Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin. I woke up the next morning with flaky skin. Skin looked a bit red. My face didn’t burn. Yay! No crazy signs of irritation. Then bam! The next day, my skin started to burn, itch, it looked darker compared to the rest of my neck/body. Ugh! It’s a tret burn! I knew I should’ve sandwiched! My skin burned when I applied Vanicream Facial Daily Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin or any other skin care products to my face. None soothed my red, irritated, burned skin besides CeraVe Healing Ointment. I used this product to heal my skin. I didn’t use it to slug. I used it more like a face mask. This worked to help diminish some redness, itchiness, irritated skin. My skin softened, looked silky smooth after I removed the CeraVe Healing Ointment from my skin (when using it as a face mask). It took about 3-4 days for my skin to heal. I gave my skin a rest for 4 days before starting tret again. My skin started to peel and shed during the rest days. I noticed new pimples popping up in my acne-prone areas. Tret gave me a big nodule on my chin. It’s the biggest pimple I have had in a long time. It’s red, swollen, and hurts upon touch. 😭 When will it go away? Who knows, lol. At night, I stuck to using La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin. It’s not the most moisturizing moisturizer. I eventually had to add Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence to add moisture to my skin. La Roche Posay Matte Face Moisturizer works better as an occlusive rather than a moisturizer. It dried my face out at times when used alone. With all that has happened after the first application, there’s good news. Tret removed all of the closed comedones on my forehead and most of the closed comedones on my upper lip and chin area. My skin looks so clear with some blemishes that will purge soon enough.

My Experience – 2nd Application

After 4 days of giving my skin a rest, I started using tret again. This time, I sandwiched. I used Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence and Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin before applying tret. After applying tret, I applied Cosrx Snail Mucin and Vanicream Daily Facial Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin once more. This application seemed like a good idea at first, but with this method, I didn’t notice any changes in my skin like I did with the first application besides some redness and tenderness in my skin. No peeling. I took 3 days off for my skin to settle down even though my skin felt fine the next day. I’m pretty disappointed in the sandwich method because I just didn’t see an improvement in my acne at all. I actually noticed more acne (not from purging). I noticed random blackheads (on other parts of my face and nose) and more sebaceous filaments on my nose. Could it be the Snail Mucin Essence or Vanicream that’s breaking me out? Possibly. My skin didn’t look better or feel better after using these moisturizers with tret. I might try the Vanicream moisturizer alone or try out another moisturizer. I need to move on from this Vanicream crap, lol. These products (Snail Mucin Essence and Vanicream) may be messing up my skin. I also stopped using La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer for Oily Skin. It’s not moisturizing. I didn’t see the point in using this product anymore. Terrible product if you’re looking for a moisturizer that actually moisturizes. I’m done with it for now once again, lol. I tried to make it work, but I’m left disappointed each time. It just doesn’t do anything for my skin. I rather just not using anything on my skin if it doesn’t improve my skin and doesn’t provide any moisture. It even dried out my skin. I really think it’s time for a new moisturizer after this experience. My skin’s just really picky when it comes to moisturizers, which makes it very difficult to find one. Hmmm, what to do… πŸ€”

That’s my first week experience! Stay tuned for next week to see what happens! πŸ™‚

My Lip Care Routine

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Lip Care Routine

Here’s my lip care routine! πŸ‘„ This is what I use to keep my lips smooth, moisturized, and healthy-looking. πŸ™‚

Lip Mask

I’ve been using a lip sleeping mask for almost 2 years now. The lip sleeping mask I’m currently using is Carenel Lip Sleeping Mask. I’m on my second jar. I’ve been using this lip mask every night and haven’t made a dent in the jar yet. I still have a lot of product left. This stuff seems to last forever! So this lip mask isn’t my favorite. I don’t have a favorite yet. I haven’t tried that many lip masks. Just the one I’m using right now. Since I haven’t finished it yet, there’s no reason to purchase a new one any time soon. I do have a small jar of Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (sample size, pictured in photo) that I haven’t tried out yet. I’ll test it out once I finish Carenel. I just don’t feel like moving on from Carenel yet until I finish it, lol.

So the Carenel Lip Sleeping Mask feels sticky when applied to the lips. I apply enough product over the lips to keep my lips moisturized. Just like I’m applying a facial mask but for the lips. The sleeping mask stays in place and doesn’t run off of my lips, which I love! It’s non-messy even though it has a sticky texture to it. I wish it was more moisturizing, but I’m not too dissatisfied with this sleeping mask. I’m able to use it without skipping nights and disliking it. It’ll work for the time being. It has a berry-ish scent to it. The fragrance of the product isn’t overwhelming. I don’t love it, but I’m not bothered by it. I can use it without any issues. No burning or irritation of any kind.

Lip Scrub

I usually don’t use a dedicated lip scrub product for my lips. I have a face brush that I run over my lips when I use it to wash my face, or I just use a toothbrush. I feel that the methods I use work the same as a store-bought lip scrub. The results are pretty much the same. They both remove dead skin cells. But, one summer I purchased a few jars of St Ives Lip Scrub Juicy Watermelon to try out. This is a lip scrub made out of sugar crystals. It feels a bit sticky, but it works to remove dead skin from the lips. I wish I was able to move the product over the lips much more easily and comfortably. To add some slip to the lip scrub, I added a few drops of almond oil or jojoba oil to make it easier to move over the lips without tugging the skin too much. I don’t use this product often. I feel like I don’t need it. Once I finish it up, I won’t purchase it again. Also, I prefer the other methods I mentioned earlier to remove dead skin from my lips. It’s inexpensive and works long term for me. I’ve been doing it for so long that there’s no need to change it. It was nice to try out a lip scrub again though. Maybe I just haven’t found a lip scrub that I really liked yet. This one wasn’t too bad. I’m just not overly ecstatic about it.

Healing Ointment

This is my favorite product out of all of the products I use on my lips. It’s the CeraVe Healing Ointment. This product contains mineral oil, paraffin, ceramides, cholesterol, vitamin e, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, etc. I use this healing ointment on my lips every night to seal in moisture after I apply the lip sleeping mask. It works to keep my lips soft and moist the next morning. The CeraVe Healing Ointment isn’t just great for the lips. It works for dry patches of skin, itchy skin, irritated skin, and so much more! It’s an awesome sealant to keep moisture in the skin. I love that it contains ceramides. That makes it an even better product! This is a multi-purpose product that I love to have around since I can’t use what people recommend all the time (Aquaphor). Aquaphor makes my skin really irritated and itchy. It must be the lanolin! Every time I use a product with that ingredient on my face, my skin breaks out in hives. My face hates it! With CeraVe (lanolin-free), I have no issues. Just soft, smooth, and moisturized skin. It’s great for healing the skin. I have a few bottles of CeraVe Healing Ointment sitting around just in case I need to save my skin.

Sun Protection

In the morning, I use Up & Up Sport Sunscreen Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It’s not the most moisturizing lip balm, but it’s not drying. This is a chemical-based SPF lip balm. Broad spectrum. It’s water-resistant (80 minutes). I’ve gone through so many that I’ve lost count. It’s an affordable SPF for the lips. I just stuck with it because I have no reason to switch to any other SPF. It works. It’s inexpensive. It does what it’s supposed to do. It protects the lips from harmful UVB and UVA rays. It’s a high SPF lip balm too (SPF 50!!!). I always make sure to stash one or two in my pocket or bag just in case I need it. I get freckles on my lips. This lip balm with sunscreen has helped prevent more freckles from forming.

That’s my lip care routine for now. 😊

Updated Review onΒ Carenel Lip Night Mask!

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Carnel Sleeping Lip Care

I finally finished a whole jar of Carenel Lip Night Mask. Looks like I finished it in a year and a half. Whoa! But anyways here are my thoughts on this lip night mask once more. If you missed out on my previous review on it, don’t forget to click that link above!

My experience with this lip mask has been positive. It does what it’s supposed to do and that is to moisturize the lips overnight for soft, plump lips the next morning! That’s what it exactly did! It’s not your basic lip balm that provides subtle or lightweight moisture. It deeply moisturizes and drenches the lips overnight until the next morning. The product does claim to exfoliate the lips. Um, no, it doesn’t. But that’s OK. It’s just a very moisturizing lip night mask and it works for that purpose. I purchased it to keep my lips hydrated anyways. The lip mask has a berry smell to it. I’m pretty neutral about the fragrance of the product. Maybe I’m just used to it. The smell of the product doesn’t bother me at all. The product itself feels a bit sticky and tacky, but that wasn’t a huge problem. The texture of the product made it easier to apply the lip mask at night over my lips without melting off of my lips. The stickiness helped to keep the mask on my lips without making a mess.

The lip mask comes with a tiny spoon. I used it for a little bit but threw it out later on. I don’t remember when, but I didn’t need it anymore. It was more of a hassle to use the little spoon with the mask compared to just using my fingers to scoop out the product. I washed my hands before dipping my fingers into the jar, by the way. Each time I used the product too. So the product is soft and intact. It’s really easy to use. I enjoyed my time using it. Also, it’s very affordable. Mine lasted pretty long. As mentioned before, about a year and a half. I just opened a fresh new jar of the lip night mask. Honestly, I like it. πŸ’ž FYI, I used the lip mask every night. I mean, why not?? I like to keep my lips soft, smooth, and moisturized. And my lips look way better the next morning, especially when applying lipsticks, lip colors. They just look smoother on my lips. I’m glad I was dedicated to using this product, lol. There were times I didn’t use the lip mask alone. After applying the mask over my lips, I followed up with another product. That product is the CeraVe Healing Ointment. I tend to slather my lips with a product or two for softer and smoother lips in the morning. I had a few containers of the CeraVe Healing Ointment and needed to use them up. The combination of the mask and ointment did a wonderful job at healing my lips and sealing in moisture overnight. It also helped with the removal of dead skin cells. I could easily exfoliate my lips at ease with little effort.

Overall, I think I would purchase this product again in the future or try something new. I’m not entirely committed to it, to be honest, haha. πŸ˜‚ It’s a nice product. It works. Maybe I’m just searching for more. lol. I have another jar to finish anyways. I’m not going to purchase anything else any time soon. Well! I hope this review was helpful. πŸ’‹

My thoughts on CeraVe Moisturizing Cream after 1 Month!

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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

I’ve been using CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for about a month. I was very ecstatic about this product. Everyone talks about it. It gets a ton of praise. It contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It’s made for very dry skin, dry skin for the face and body. Wonderful! But, I didn’t use it on my face. I heard a ton of horror stories that this cream causes closed comedones and breakouts. From my personal experience with CeraVe, I believe them. CeraVe doesn’t go on my face. Not the products I’ve had experience with so far. They all clogged my pores. Giving me cystic acne, closed comedones, blackheads, whiteheads. All of the acne that you can imagine. It was just terrible. My skin just looked very bad using CeraVe creams/moisturizers on my face. So, I only used the moisturizing cream on my body. Now here’s my experience with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream after a month of use! 😊

The texture of the cream is very nice. It’s soft and smooth to touch. It’s very creamy and soothing on the skin. I couldn’t wait to use it because of this. I started off using this cream twice a day then eventually only used it at night due to how thick the cream felt on my skin. It’s odd. The cream feels heavy on the skin, but it doesn’t go on heavy. It absorbs and sinks into the skin pretty well. But it leaves a thin layer of film behind on the skin that I didn’t like. It sits on top of the skin. I think that’s where the heaviness of the cream comes into play. Sometimes my skin would get itchy when using this cream too. I didn’t think much about it, so I continued to use it at night to moisturize my skin.

As I continued to use the cream at night, I noticed that my arms would get itchy the next morning. I noticed that this would happen too often than it should. Maybe it’s too moisturizing? Maybe it’s too heavy on my skin? That annoying thin layer of residue that it leaves behind? I mean, it does contain petrolatum and heavier ingredients compared to what I usually use, which is a lightweight moisturizer. So I stopped it on itchy areas (which was mainly my upper body), but I kept using it on my legs and hands. Perhaps it’s best to keep this moisturizing cream for my legs and use it as a hand cream. Or use it on dry spots on my skin when necessary. It’s great that it contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It’s also fragrance-free and leaves my skin feeling ultra-soft and smooth, but I’m not sure if I’m going to purchase it again. I’ll use the rest of the moisturizing cream and see what happens next.

For more reviews on CeraVe skin care products go here!

Picked up a tub of CeraVe Healing Ointment!

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CeraVe Healing Ointment

I picked up a tub of CeraVe Healing Ointment! I have a tube of Aquaphor, but it wasn’t working too well for me. It made my skin really itchy, didn’t glide on my skin easily, and didn’t help moisturize my skin that much either. Yeah, I know it’s an occlusive, but I needed something that my skin could tolerate much better. I’ve always wanted to try CeraVe Healing Ointment. I also have the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream, but there’s no way I can use that cream on my face. It contains ingredients that clogs pores. On my skin, it does. It could work for someone else. Everyone’s skin responds differently to products. So this ointment contains petrolatum as the main ingredient (46.5%). An effective occlusive that helps to seal in moisture into the skin. It also contains dimethicone, ceramides, cholesterol, vitamin e, hyaluronic acid, and panthenol. This healing ointment is just petroleum jelly with extra skin care benefits. And that’s exactly what I wanted. Also, I was curious to see if the CeraVe Healing Ointment surpasses Aquaphor or plain ol’ petroleum jelly.

This product was formulated to temporarily protect, soothe, and hydrate the skin. It contains ceramides to help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. Hyaluronic acid to help retain skin’s natural moisture. Suitable for dry, cracked, and chafed skin. Fragrance-free and lanolin-free. It says it’s non-comedogenic (we’ll see!!), preservative-free, and dye-free.

Here’s my experience with CeraVe Healing Ointment! ☺

I started using CeraVe Healing Ointment not too long ago. About less than a week ago. I thought about using it on my face, but I decided not to. Just not yet. I’ll leave it for days when my skin ever gets irritated and red. I tried using Aquaphor and 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly during those times, and I felt like clawing my face off! With this healing ointment, I use it on sensitive areas like my eye area and neck. I have really dry skin around my eyes and my neck gets really itchy. I can’t just use anything on it. It gets irritated really fast. This healing ointment helps to seal in moisture while providing skin repairing ingredients and moisture to the skin. I’ve had no irritation from this product in those areas, and I really love it! It also helps to prevent my acne treatments from drying my eye area out or leaking down to my neck area and preventing rashes.

The healing ointment feels soft and smooth. It’s thinner compared to Aquaphor (if you have used that before) and a little bit lighter compared to pure petroleum jelly. Just a tad. Since CeraVe Healing Ointment contains other beneficial skin care ingredients besides petrolatum, it makes the product even better. I needed some extra moisture and healing properties in a petrolatum-based product. I tried using it all over my body, and it made the skin on my body feel silkier and softer. My skin felt super moisturized. But, I couldn’t continue to use it all over my body for a reason. My skin started to get itchy. It must be due to the stickiness of the product. So I think this healing ointment is really good at spot treating dry, taut, and irritated areas of the skin instead of using it as an all-over body moisturizer. It’s a nice product to have around just in case to treat skin flare-ups.

The product does come in a jar. Not sanitary at all. So I make sure to wash my hands before dipping my fingers into the jar. A spoon can be used too to scoop out the product. I’m not sure if I’m going to purchase the jar version again if I ever consider using it on my face. As you can see, I’ve been using the ointment from the seal, lol. I haven’t poked at the ointment in the jar yet, haha! Soon…

This is what the ointment looks like. It comes sealed.

CeraVe Healing Ointment

βœ… Pros

❌ Cons

So far, I really like this ointment. I love that it’s not just a petrolatum skin care product. It contains other ingredients, such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid. It’s also fragrance-free and lanolin-free. I wonder if it’s the lanolin in Aquaphor that’s making me itchy. I’m not allergic to lanolin, by the way. Just a thought. Well, not that I know of. The only downside to the product (as of now) is that it comes in a jar. Perhaps I’ll just purchase the tube version when I finish the jar. I’m not sure how long that’s going to take because this tub of petrolatum comes in a decent size. Overall, I like it a lot more compared to Aquaphor and Pure Petroleum Jelly. It’s working!

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