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My Clear Skin Journey: Week 1 Results

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It’s time for me to start a different journey! πŸ™ŒπŸ» I think I did this one before (haha), but I’m still trying to get my skin to clear up from acne. 😭 It comes and goes. It’s a lot better than before, but it’s not what it used to be like last summer. So my Tretinoin Journey has come to an end. Read more about it below. πŸ™‚ That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop using Tret. It’ll be a part of my routine, but it’s not the main focus. I haven’t seen life-changing results with Tret. I don’t think it’s the right acne treatment for me. I haven’t seen results that many others have experienced. I’m one of the unlucky few, unfortunately. 😒 So come with me on my Clear Skin Journey to find products that work on my skin to fight against acne!

Here’s my WEEK 1 results! πŸ˜ƒ Read Days 1-4 here.

What I’m doing, the plan (most likely will change, haha):

My skin care routine is pretty simple to someone that loves skin care. <3 I’ve eliminated a lot of skin care products. Using a lot of skin care products may have contributed to clogged pores too. My skin is feeling and looking better after 4 days of doing this.

Let’s move on to Day 5! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Day 5: I mentioned quitting  The Ordinary Marixyl 10% + HA in my previous post. After stopping this serum, all of the hard sebum that were stuck in my pores vanished! The serum definitely gave me under the skin breakouts that were stubborn and difficult to remove! My skin is moving in the right direction now. I think I’ve said that more than a billion times. But, this time it’s different. I feel like I self-sobataged myself from using a lot of skin care products. πŸ™ Well, what’s done has been done. I’m ready to take on this new journey! Can’t wait to see results!!

Day 6: My skin IS IMPROVING!! All of the crusty skin is coming off. The closed comedones slowly moving up to the surface. My skin looks healthier. I really had to learn the hard way. Don’t use too many skin care products!! Just enough. Enough for your skin type and needs. More of something doesn’t mean better. I’m amazed how my skin turned around within this week just by dropping most of the skin care products I was using. I was just doing too much to my skin.

It’s day 6, and my skin is peeling! πŸ™‚

Day 7: It’s been 5 days of using Taz, and my skin is purging and clearing up. A thin layer of skin peeled from my face last night. It just came right off. Closed comedones are coming out! I can see my skin flaking off, but I haven’t experienced extreme dryness from Taz. Only slight irritation and itchiness. There’s some stinging too, especially when I apply other skin care products to my skin. For example, my SPF moisturizer. I gotta say, it’s nothing like when I was on Tret. Now I can’t wait to see results in a few months! Things are starting to turn around. =)

I said I was going to use Tret 2 times a week, but my skin has improved after 5 days using Taz. I’m going to stick with Taz and introduce Tret months in. Taz is working! As always, monitor my skin.

Alright! πŸ˜„ See everyone next week! πŸ˜ƒ

Read about 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

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 13 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 14 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 15 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 16 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…

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 17 Results

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Day 113: Starting a new week with Tret! πŸ™‚ Skin is getting really dry on Tret, but it’s not as bad as the 0.1. Had some skin shedding off. Clogged pores that I never knew existed moving to the surface. Sheeesh! I thought it was over! Well then! I’m hoping for a good week! 😊

Day 114: I’ve been trying to figure out what’s been giving me closed comedones again. I think this happens when you introduce too many products at one time. Eek! What has been done has been done. πŸ™

But…I think I know what the culprit — The Ordinary Marixyl 10% + HA. <<< Read more here. Yep, this serum right here. We will see in the next couple of days. Another product I stopped using is rosehip oil. It didn’t do anything for my skin. Maybe I’ll reintroduce it back into my routine in a few months. I don’t know. We’ll see.

Day 115: My skin looks so sunburned that it’s not even funny. πŸ™ This is one of the downsides of retinoids or any other acid. It gives me that weird tan on my face…meanwhile the rest of my body is lighter. Ugh. Currently, my skin is very dry. VERY DRY. I’m glad I stopped using a lot of skin care products. Hopefully my skin heals up soon!

I am not using lactic acid or any other aha product anymore. I stopped using them at the beginning of this week when I noticed that my skin felt too dry.

Day 116: It looks like the closed comedones are moving up to the surface. UGH! I can’t believe I lasted 2 months on The Ordinary Marixyl 10% + HA. I think this is the product that’s been clogging my pores and preventing me from achieving 100% clear skin! I no longer am experiencing weird hard sebum in my pores. I noticed this after 2 days I stopped using it. But at the same time, I’m devastated that this happened. If anyone is curious about this serum and have acne skin, be wary. As for myself, I won’t purchase it ever again.

I had a chance to use BP this morning. It felt really gross on my skin at first, but once the product sunk in, it was all good. BP really does make my skin look much cleaner. I’m going to be using BP for the rest of the week (spot treat or full face treatment, depends on the condition of my skin). My skin is too dry to continue on with Tret. I’ll let it calm down and restart. And BP has been effective against my acne. I’m going to give it a chance. Also, it’s less drying than Tret.

Results from using BP this morning: Clogged pores moving up to the surface. Acne healing much faster. Dry skin (most likely from Tret). No peeling. πŸ™ I was hoping for some skin shedding off. Skin looks better, but I’m not there yet. *sigh* I’m going to moisturize and spot treat tonight with BP. Don’t think my skin can handle a full face treatment yet.

Day 117: I’m still on a break from any type of acid. Letting my skin heal because everything I put on it burns. Not sure how long it’ll take..but I’m willing to wait.

Day 118: Woke up this morning with skin that looks and feels better. Looks like my skin is healing by itself. πŸ™‚ Some pimples popped up in the breakout prone areas. They cleared up pretty quick. Hmmm, so I’m thinking…maybe Tret isn’t working for me. It’s weird because Taz is supposedly stronger than Tret, but my skin tolerated it much better. I didn’t get itchy skin or super dry skin from it. Soooo I’m going to go back on Taz and spot treat with BP. Like I said many times before, do a full BP treatment if my skin can tolerate it. I still don’t like the feeling of BP on my skin. It feels gross. I’m not sure when I’m going to incorporate Tret back in. I’ll stick with Taz in the next few days and think about it.

Day 119: My skin is about 90% back to normal after stopping Tret. The pimples gradually went down. Skin doesn’t itch anymore. Wow. Once again, I’m thinking, maybe Tret just doesn’t work on my skin. 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

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

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 13 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 14 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 15 Results

My Tretinoin Journey: Week 16 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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