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My Tretinoin Journey: Week 4 Results

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Cos De BAHA Clear Skin Serum
Cos De BAHA Clear Skin Serum

My results after 4 WEEKS of Tretinoin!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Day 22: I had a few new pimples today. I’m not too shocked because I peeled more than usual. It wasn’t just a thin layer of skin. It felt thicker. It came off easily. For some reason, I enjoyed removing the dead skin off of my face. lol. My skin looks, feels clearer and smoother underneath. It feels really satisfying to know that. ๐Ÿ˜Š So I think that’s one of the perks of using Tret daily. The process goes by faster. I’m shedding more often. Pores unclogging at a faster rate. That means more pimples, but I rather have them unclog now instead of later. My pimples are healing quicker too. I have to make sure I moisturize my skin throughout the process to prevent the skin from drying out. Skin gets itchy in certain areas of my face even when using moisturizer. It’s like a constant battle between dry skin and hydrating the skin. And I’m trying not to itch my skin, but it’s hard not to. All I can really do is make sure I moisturize my skin + wear SPF to protect my skin. Fortunately, I found a moisturizer + SPF that works on my skin, so my skin isn’t dying of dryness. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I’m trying out a few new facial cleansers, since I’m not too impressed by Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel. It’s an OK facial cleanser. Maybe I’m just picky. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ I am currently testing out Derma E Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste. <<< Read my review here ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 23: A few more breakouts today. When will it ever end? Skin feels slightly dry, but I peeled again tonight, especially in the problematic areas. My face still gets itchy during the day too. It’s so annoying when I’ve slathered myself in moisturizer earlier on! But, we all know it’s bound to happen with this treatment. So what’s new??????

I’m still using Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel, dropped Derma E Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste, and ‘trying’ to get back to Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Face Wash. I tried using it tonight, and my face did not sting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Out of the three facial cleansers, I think Acure is OK, while Trader Joe’s is slightly better. Derma E..not so much. I did write a review on it, so remember to check it out!!

Day 24: I decided to get back to my favorite facial cleanser — Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Face Wash. My skin isn’t too sensitive anymore. This face wash just works for me. I love it. โ™ฅ I’m glad to be back! Today, I also reintroduced Cos De BAHA Acne Serum. I need something to combat active acne during the day. BP is not an option for me. It’ll dry my skin out and cause my skin to appear uneven. I don’t want that. It also takes forever to sink into the skin. I don’t have time for that. The active pimples are getting on my nerves though. Feeling a little bit agitated thinking about them. I want them to gooo awayyy. So I really liked the Cos De BAHA Acne Serum the first time I used it even though it smells so bad! I did get some new pimples today from it like I expected. Yeah…I don’t even want to think about it. Let’s just let it be and see if my skin improves…

Day 25: Dealing with some breakouts and a cyst on my chin. It was very hot and humid today. That might be the cause. I think. lol. Well, it’s there. ๐Ÿ˜ข Skin is still peeling. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I wanted to add glycolic acid into my skin care routine. My skin doesn’t sting at all. I think it’s doing well on Tret. Differin Oil-Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30 has helped with dry skin a lot. Much better than the rosehip oil. haha. I can’t tell if the rosehip oil is doing anything to my skin. I haven’t noticed anything that’s all. The glycolic acid product I’m thinking about adding is Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic. If you’ve been reading my blog, I’ve mentioned it many times. It’s a mild AHA, so I don’t think it’s too harsh for me right now. I’m using it to help remove the flakes off of my face by the end of the day and help with the exfoliation process. They’re sooo annoying! Let’s see how it goes! ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 26: It seems like my skin improved by the end of the third week. At the beginning of the fourth week, it exploded in random pimples. Could it be from the Derma E Vitamin C Gentle Daily Cleansing Paste? Or I’m just going through the initial breakout still?? Who knows. All I know is that I’m glad I stopped using Derma E and rinsed with another facial cleanser afterwards when I noticed it left this nasty residue on my skin. I only used it for 3 days too. So everyone, listen to your skin. If it’s not improving, it’s not working. If it is, keep going at it! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

No new pimples today. Just dealing with the ones I had before. That cyst I talked about exploded. LOL. ๐Ÿ˜‚ What a sense of relief. hahaha! Otherwise, my skin is doing well. I think it might take 3 months to get where I want to be instead of two. But let’s hope for 2. Oh well. My skin definitely looks better now compared to when I started. That’s all that matters. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Day 27: Skin texture improved. It looks smoother and almost feeling smoother in the breakout-prone areas. Just waiting for the skin to peel and smooth out those areas. I know it’ll take time, but it’ll be worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I developed 3 pimples on my forehead. ahhhh. It’s not too bad. haha. I hardly ever have forehead pimples, so it’s kind of weird. Oh well. I think the pimples around the jawline and chin are worse. They’re more painful and deep under the skin. Oh, I also have a pimple near my brow. Those suck too.

I stopped double cleansing in the morning due to time constraints. I don’t have time to remove the oil. I also don’t really need to double cleanse in the morning. I mean, I don’t have any makeup on. Washing my face with a facial cleanser is more than enough. I’m double cleansing at night though, and it works because I have makeup on. It helps to remove every single little trace of makeup, dirt, and debris. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I can’t believe Week 4 is ending soon. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ The days are going by so fast! I just hope my skin clears up. I hate it when I use a product that doesn’t deliver in the end. For example, BP. That was such as waste of time (the last time). It just stopped working. ๐Ÿ˜ž

Day 28: Finishing up Week 4 today! This week had its ups and downs. But, I think my skin has improved by the last day of Week 4! Especially the texture. It’s smoother. My skin also looks brighter too. Makeup goes on much easier. I don’t have to use a lot of foundation for coverage. The closed comedones are vanishing before my eyes. I’m so relieved! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like what I’m seeing even though I’m still dealing with the initial breakout. I honestly can’t wait until my skin is over 100% clear!! Looking forward to next week! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Moving on to WEEK 5! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

More on my My Tretinoin Journey:

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 1 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 2 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 3 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 Tretโ€ฆ

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 3 Results

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Differin Moisturizer SPF
Differin Moisturizer SPF

Hello Week 3! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Day 15: New week, new skin care routine!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Honestly, it feels so much better not applying that many skin care products on my face. This made me realize that the Cos De BAHA Serums I’ve been using are VERY sticky. Maybe clogging my pores?? I decided to fully stop using them (just like that), except for the Vitamin C Serum. The Vitamin C Serum isn’t sticky and absorbs into my skin very well. It leaves my skin feeling matte. Not oily, sticky, or greasy.

My skin looked better today than last night. It’s less angry. Running my fingers over my breakout-prone areas is the worst! It feels bumpy. A lot of the pimples turned into scabs. Well, I hope they fall off soon! lol. My skin is definitely feeling a lot better with less skin care products on my face. Less irritation. Less redness. Less everything that is bad for my skin. Hmmmm, I might even eliminate them for good if my skin improves over time. Using less skin care products on my face has saved me a lot of time.

Perhaps, less is more. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Day 16: My skin is super flaky today. It’s peeling everywhere on my face. It was so difficult to apply makeup and look at least somewhat decent with it on. I really tried, but my skin was not having it. lol. It’s really hard to not think about it when I’m interacting with people. It’s actually kind of embarassing. At the same time, I’m happy that my skin is clearing up and moving in the right direction. Can’t have both ways while on Tret. HAHAH! At night, I used a brush with soft bristles to remove the dead skin off. It worked wonderfully!! Amazing!! I’m going to continue to do this on the day that I peel. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Tonight, I’m going to moisturize my skin and start up on Tret again the next day!! So excited!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 17: I had some skin hanging from my face today. It was annoying and made my makeup look so terrible. I think I have to put up with having a bad makeup application for a while. I can’t do anything about it even though I moisturize my skin. Today, I started using Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30. I’m going to give it another chance. My skin is very vulnerable right now. I need all the sun protection I can get. Hopefully it doesn’t break me out.

I did get some more breakouts today. They’re not new breakouts. Since I have comedones (why I went on Tret in the first place), They are moving up to the surface of my skin after going through a peel from Tret. That’s great and all, but I am now dealing with more acne and MORE acne marks. It’s pretty devastating and makes me feel very self-conscious of my skin. I hope things turn around in the next couple of days. But, I don’t know, I think it’s going to take a couple of months to get where I want to be.

Day 18: More pimples today. Some were inflamed. Some weren’t. They’re leaving acne marks behind too. Meh. I think I’m over it. I just want Tret to do its thing and leave my skin looking flawless. ๐Ÿ™‚ Wearing makeup is so annoying. It just doesn’t blend and cover properly. Feels gross knowing there are breakouts underneath. That’s something sooooo hard to cover. UGH!!! Having good skin is very important to having flawless-looking makeup. Only a couple of months away…I’ll be there. Patience is key. โ˜บ

So my skin doesn’t feel red, dry, and irritated anymore. I wonder if I am able to use Tret every night. ๐Ÿค”

Day 19: It’s another skin peeling day! Skin actually looks much better compared to the other days before. Weird. It is what it is. So, I’m happy to remove this layer of dead skin off of my face tonight. Seems like they’ve been coming off of my face too throughout the day. I can take a piece of the skin and peel it off. LOL. I don’t want to have dead skin hanging from my face, right?? That’s just too funny. I’m planning on using Tret every night or 6 days a week now. My skin doesn’t feel dry, irritated, or red anymore. I think what I’m doing right now is working — dropping a lot of skin care products that irritated my skin, that don’t work, cause more issues than ever…and sticking to a simple, minimal skin care routine. And, I think Differin Oil Absorbing Moisturizer SPF 30 is working very well on my skin right now. It protects AND moisturizes. It hasn’t broken me out. I can feel a slight tingling sensation when I apply it. It’s probably from having fresh, new skin after peeling. Overall, it’s been good. Let’s keep this up! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Day 20: More breakouts today. ๐Ÿ™ They seem to live in clusters. lol. But, good news, I can tell that my skin is improving. My skin texture is looking better. Closed comedones are going away slowly. I am able to use Tret every single night now without any issues too. ๐Ÿ™‚ No dryness, irritation, stinging, or redness. Yay! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Day 21: NO NEW BREAKOUTS TODAY! Just the old ones crusting off. My skin is looking good! Makeup goes on good today! Yay! I’m sooooo happy! I think my skin is going to be 100% clear by 2 months! I’m going to cross my fingers and hope for that!! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿป

So I changed up my facial cleansing routine. I’m double cleansing. I didn’t purchase a cleansing oil. I’m using oils to cleanse my face first. The oils I am using are hemp oil and jojoba oil. I dispense some hemp oil into my palm with a few drops of jojoba oil. I gently use this mixture to cleanse my face. It helps with removing makeup too at night. After that, I use Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel. This isn’t my favorite face wash, but that’s what I’m using right now. I might switch to a different face wash after I finish it. This method has been working for me. The oils help to prevent dryness, and I just wash away the oils afterwards. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Let’s move on to the next week! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

More on my My Tretinoin Journey:

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 1 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 2 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 Tretโ€ฆ

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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