2 Months on Tret. My results. :)

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Tret Month Two Stopped Using

Hello everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป Welcome to my 2 month update on tret! Last month was…um…it was ok. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I was hoping for more, but at least I’ve settled with a skin care routine with products that work on my skin for the rest of the journey. Well, I hope so. ha! So, I stopped using tret during the first week of the month. I guess I delayed the process again. ๐Ÿ˜ข But I really needed to give my skin a break and restart. *sigh* My skin was getting really dry and crusty. I didn’t like the way it looked with makeup. It was just so embarrassing, so I had to do what I thought was best for my skin. And that is, give it a break from the dryness and irritation. I want skin that looks good. Not with a damaged barrier and flaking off like crazy. Flaky skin in front of people is one of the worst things that can happen while on tret. It’s so embarrassing, lol. After that break, I jumped right back into using tret. Here’s my 2 month experience and results on tret! Keep on reading…

At the beginning of the month, I tried to add some moisture back into my skin. I used Timeless Matrixyl 3000 Serum. I loved how hydrating this serum is, but it didn’t work after a day. It just felt too moisturizing, and I ended up with whiteheads and random blemishes all over my face. I tried rosehip oil again too. I noticed a clogged pore by the end of the night. I stopped using it. But that’s from using it in the morning. I haven’t tried using it at night yet. Maybe it’ll work better at night since I don’t wear sunscreen at night. The sunscreen I used feels very occlusive (read more on sunscreens here) on the skin. I think that might’ve been the trigger for that single clogged pore. Yeah, I know. One clog pore. It scared me though. lol.

Another oil I tried again is squalane oil. It didn’t work out either. I noticed closed comedones by the second day. I used rosehip oil and squalane oil on separate days, not together. It’s better to test each separately to see how my skin reacts to each oil. I also tried shea butter. That lasted 2 days. It helped to protect my skin from drying out, but I noticed pimples throbbing underneath the shea butter. I gave that up pretty quick after noticing whiteheads.

I spot treated with benzoyl peroxide. It worked. It worked so much better than Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream, but it left me with red marks on my face. My skin is definitely much more sensitive now from tret. I didn’t continue on with benzoyl peroxide for that reason. Maybe when my skin is less sensitive I’ll be able to use benzoyl peroxide again. In my opinion, benzoyl peroxide is one of the most effective acne treatments out there. Well, I know it’s been the one and only acne treatment that works on my skin for many years when I suffered from acne breakouts.

I stopped using Timeless Coenzyme Q10 Serum. This product didn’t do much for my skin. Shockingly, my skin looked better without it. I was taken aback, lol. I’ve been using this serum for so long thinking it was doing good for my skin. Nope! Those little acne bumps shrunk after I discontinued this serum. Wow, my skin is so picky. Another serum that didn’t work…

Another product I stopped using is Yeouth Vitamin C Serum. It wasn’t doing anything for my skin but drying it out. It made my skin appear even more crusty. It might’ve contributed to the dry, crusty skin I was experiencing. The reason why I had to take a break from tret. With this serum, I didn’t see any brightening or fading of acne scars. It did absolutely nothing for my skin. I thought I was just wasting my money on a product that didn’t give me results. I think tret is doing a better job at brightening my skin and fading acne marks than this serum ever did. I think leaving my skin alone would do a better job too, lol. And it’s priceless.

Tret Month Two Stopped Using

But I did start a new (kind of new) skin care product during the second week of treatment!

It is…

Garnier Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Corrector! I used it for a few days then stopped, haha! Turns out it gave me blackheads in my acne-prone areas. But it did brighten my skin! I was very excited about that, but I couldn’t deal with the blackheads any longer. Darn! I really wanted this product to work. By the way, I didn’t purchase mine off of Amazon. I bought it somewhere else. This time, the product was full. Not half empty. I don’t recommend purchasing it off of Amazon at all from my own personal experience.

By the end of the month, I stopped using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser and decided to stick to PanOxyl Acne Wash. The chemical exfoliants (glycolic acid, lactic acid) in Neutrogena’s face wash is too much for my skin to handle even though it does leave the skin feeling hydrated. My skin’s too sensitive for other chemical exfoliants right now. PanOxyl seems to work better and feels more gentle on my skin.

Lastly, I stopped using Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream (full review here). The color started to bother me again, lol. It leaves my skin looking dull and grey. My skin looked dead. And the bb cream felt so thick on my skin. I just didn’t like the way it felt on my skin. Like thick paint. It makes my skin feel so made up. Feels like gunk on my skin that I don’t need. I think it contributed to clogged pores too due to how thick it felt on my skin. I’m not trying to clog my pores and cause more breakouts over time (when I’m trying to get rid of them). It looks like this bb cream isn’t for me. At least it was pretty cheap. Under 10 bucks. I still have a lot of product left, but I can use it on other parts of my body to get rid of it. With makeup, I want a a product that feels more lightweight on the skin. More skin-like. I’m on the search for a better foundation right now. But most days of the week, I don’t wear makeup. I don’t want to bother my skin. You know, leave it alone and let it be. I want my skin to heal.

My skin care routine (face products only) consists of a face wash, tret, moisturizer, and sunscreen. So how did it get to this? Well, I’ve learned the hard way that my skin does better with very few products. That means, less is more. It seems to work better this way for me, and I’ve tried a ton of products. It wasn’t worth it. It’s very expensive and led to undesirable results. With my current skin care routine, it’s basic and simple. It works to keep my skin issues at bay. But instead of relying on skincare, I do put more emphasis on my diet, which has helped my skin tremendously. Also, getting enough sleep, exercising, and drinking water to keep my skin hydrated. If you’re feeling dehydrated or have dry skin, it’s important to drink enough water. Being without a very moisturizing moisturizer didn’t really matter much. My skin didn’t feel too dry because I’m drinking just enough water throughout the day to hydrate myself from the inside out! I think people seem to forget about this part of having nice skin. It’s not just about putting skin care products on the face. Diet and a healthy lifestyle is very important too. Too much stress can lead to bad skin too. My skin gets more oily when I’m stressed out. And that leads to breakouts.

So here’s my skin care routine, it’s not extravagant or fancy. It’s possibly one of the most boring skin care routines out there…but whatever. It works for me, and my skin is getting better. I really don’t know why I started to use so many products. It was just money wasted. All in all, do what works for you! This works for me. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‹

Tret Month Two Routine

Face Wash: I use PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%). I dropped PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash (10%) and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser. I didn’t think I needed the 10%. It’s a lot more drying compared to the 4%. Funny how skin changes within a month. haha. The 4% seems to be working well on my skin. If not, I can always go back to the 10%. Also, Neutrogena contains glycolic acid and lactic acid, which is too much for my skin right now. I need something that’s more gentle on the skin and doesn’t exfoliate. I’m not using any other chemical exfoliants at the moment. My skin gets too sensitive while on tret.

Moisturizer: I’m using rosehip oil. I tried it with my HG sunscreen. No breakouts. So I’m able to use it in the morning and at night. Hopefully it works and doesn’t cause any breakouts any time soon.

Sunscreen: My main sunscreen is Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. Turns out Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++ is too occlusive on my skin. It gives my skin this dewy texture and makes my makeup look better, but I just couldn’t make it work. It contributed to breakouts too. I stopped using it on my face for that reason. Love that it contains SPF 50+ PA++++, but it’s not worth it if it clogs my pores. I’m back to my HG sunscreen. It feels more lightweight and comfortable on my skin. Haven’t noticed any breakouts from using sunscreen since.

It took some trial and error to see what works on my skin. This seems to be it! It’s working for me, except for the moisturizer part. I don’t know if rosehip oil is going to work or not yet. I’ll have to wait and see. There ya go! My extremely boring skin care routine. ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I spent half of the second month using 0.05. Honestly, the results weren’t that good. I still had bumps underneath my skin that wouldn’t budge. I thought, maybe the 0.05 wasn’t strong enough. But, I also thought, maybe I was still using products that clogged my pores (that I wasn’t aware of) and preventing my skin from clearing up. After discontinuing a bunch of skin care products and finally the last serum in my routine (Timeless Coenzyme Q10 Serum), my skin is doing so much better. It’s unbelievable how my skin looks so much clearer without using so many products on my skin. Just look at my skin care routine! It’s pretty minimal.

So! For the rest of the second month, my skin has definitely improved eliminating almost all of my face products. I noticed results the day after using tret. My skin didn’t feel too dry. It was a little reddish. My skin peeled! It was peeling all over. But at the same time, I can feel closed comedones coming out of my pores! It’s finally working! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ So I’m trying to use it every day as much as possible. If that ever happens. Overall, it looks like I’m finally purging when I decreased how many products I use in my routine. I know for sure it’s not because of tret alone. The results looked pretty drastic. Like night and day. I’m so shocked. Speechless. ๐Ÿ˜ถ

If you’re breaking out and haven’t noticed improvements on tret or any other acne treatment, look at what you’re using. It could be damaging the health of your skin. Some people can do a 10 or 20-step skin care routine, but my skin doesn’t seem to like it. My skin is thriving on this boring skin care routine, and I’m loving every minute of it! My wallet is pretty happy about this too! ๐Ÿ˜ It doesn’t take me that long to do my skin care routine either. Honestly, I can’t wait to see next month’s results! I’m finally going somewhere. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Did rosehip oil work? Or did I have to find a new moisturizer?? ๐Ÿฅบ Find out next month! ๐Ÿ˜Š

โญ If you missed out on my earlier tret posts…

My experience with tret the first weekโ€ฆ

After 1 Month on Tret + Skin Care Routine. Here are My Results.

After 1 Month on Tret + Skin Care Routine. Here are My Results.

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Tret Month One Moisturizers

It’s official. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ It’s time to wrap up my first month of tret. If you missed out on my last post on tret, this is the place to go. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป click! This month has been a whirlwind. Trying to figure out how tret fits into my skin care routine without doing too much. And doing too much can lead to undesirable effects and results, such as dry skin, redness, irritation, scabs, burns, making fine lines and wrinkles look more prominent, and creating more acne issues that didn’t exist! Whew! Since I have acne-prone skin, I’m going through the initial breakout or what people call purging. Knowing my skin, purging is bound to happen no matter what. And acne is the reason why I’m on tret in the first place. Also, it’s been challenging trying to find skin care products that play nice with my skin throughout the process. It hasn’t been an amazing experience, but I think I’m getting somewhere. Here are the skin care products I used on my tret journey (the first month) to clear up my annoying acne-prone skin. And of course, my 1 month experience and results with tret! โญ Let’s begin with the moisturizers I used!

Here are the moisturizers that I used to keep my skin hydrated during the first month on tret. I used a combination of essences, serums, and gel moisturizers. They are Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, Yeouth Vitamin C & E Serum, Timeless Coenzyme Q10 Serum (I haven’t talked about this yet, just waiting to see if it’s doing anything for my skin first, look forward to a review soon!), Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, and my daily sunscreen (not pictured, follow the link). My daily sunscreen is Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. It’s a moisturizer and sunscreen in one. It has helped to keep my skin moisturized during the day along with the other skin care products I’m using. Keep in mind that I have really oily skin. What I’m using may not be enough moisture for someone with dry skin. For me, it works. I can’t use anything that’s too rich, heavy, or occlusive. My skin ends up being clogged, and I get a bunch of breakouts everywhere. It just doesn’t work. I’m better off using a limited number of moisturizers (some of them aren’t even true moisturizers) that I don’t think people would consider to be moisturizing enough. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ But that’s just my skin, and I’m just doing what my skin prefers. Also, I don’t rely on moisturizers to keep my skin hydrated, I make sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated, which is much better than a facial moisturizer, in my opinion. Drinking water has done wonders for my skin. ๐Ÿ’งโœจ

Tret Month One Facial Cleansers

I started cleansing my face with PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash (10%). I stopped using PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%) because it wasn’t doing much for my skin. Once again, I have very oily skin. That layer of sebum I have on my skin needs to be removed, or it’ll cause issues like blemishes or even itchy skin. Yes! Itchy skin. My skin gets really itchy in hot, humid environments. ๐Ÿ˜– Sometimes I end up breaking out too. PanOxyl Acne Creamy Wash (4%) wasn’t getting the job done. I would have to do a double wash to remove all of the sebum and debris out of my pores. That’s just extra product wasted when I could just use something much stronger. So PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash became the better choice among the two, since it did a better job removing excess sebum from my skin. My skin just feels cleaner when I use it. With that in mind, I am using PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash (10%) and another facial cleanser, which is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser.

So I use PanOxyl at night to treat my skin with benzoyl peroxide. I would just rub the cleanser into my skin for less than a minute then rinse. I chose to keep PanOxyl in my skin care routine because I still wanted a benzoyl peroxide acne treatment without having to leave it on my skin overnight or during the day. Honestly, I don’t think it has that big of an effect on my acne anymore. lol. I’ve been using it for about 4 months now. A leave-on benzoyl peroxide acne treatment produces better results compared to a face wash with benzoyl peroxide, from my experience. But, using a face wash with benzoyl peroxide is a good option if you still want to incorporate benzoyl peroxide in your routine without using it as an all-over leave-on treatment. That’s the decision I made. It’s not as effective compared to a leave-on, but it’s better than nothing. I hope in the months to come that it’s doing at least something good for my acne, haha.

Since that’s how I’m using PanOxyl, my main cleanser at the moment is Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser. I was trying out a bunch of products from the Hydro Boost line by Neutrogena and stumbled upon this face wash. I thought I would give it a try, and it seems to be working for me. I haven’t had any issues with it. This cleanser helps to remove sebum, dirt, and debris along with exfoliating my skin with glycolic acid, lactic acid, papaya fruit extract. This may be a no-no for many people that’s on tret and have sensitive skin (plus tret makes the skin more sensitive), but it hasn’t been a problem for me. I tested it, and my skin isn’t on fire. I’ll take it as a sign that I can use it. But then, I don’t have sensitive skin to begin with. My skin is getting used to tret too. Also, even though it contains chemical exfoliants, it feels pretty hydrating on the skin. Hyaluronic acid is awesome! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Tret Month One Sunscreens

With tret, and I can say without tret too, it’s important to protect the skin from harmful UV rays to prevent premature aging, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and so on. But also skin cancer! The sunscreen I used most often during the first month (and most of my life) is Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30. Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 is my HG sunscreen. I’ve used it for so many years and have gone through so many bottles of this stuff. It’s the only sunscreen that has worked on my skin without causing breakouts. It not only protects my skin, but it also keeps my skin moisturized and evens out my skin tone. It’s a three-in-one product. I’m glad it exists, haha. I can’t seem to find anything else that matches it. Before this sunscreen, I was using a bunch of greasy, pore-clogging sunscreens. During that time, I didn’t have any acne issues, so it wasn’t too bad of an experience. I eventually developed acne and had to find something that was more suitable for my skin type. I didn’t develop acne because of the sunscreens. I grew up, lol.

So I know I have a sunscreen, but I wanted something with a higher SPF. SPF 30 wasn’t doing it for me. I’m still using Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (as a moisturizer, SPF is awesome too). I didn’t give up on it. I just can’t. It’s been with me for too long, and it does what it’s supposed to do. And that is protecting my skin, moisturizing my skin, and evening out my skin tone. Along with my Neutrogena sunscreen, I was able to fit another sunscreen with a SPF of 50+ PA++++ into my skin care routine. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve guessed it! It’s Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV SPF 50+ PA++++! I’ve read so many good reviews on this sunscreen and decided to give it a shot. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced breakouts from this sunscreen yet (hopefully not ever!). I started off using it only as a makeup primer, since it has a silicone, silky feel to it, but I eventually decided to use it to reapply while I’m on tret. Maybe I’ll get to use it as my main sunscreen in the foreseeable future. I’ve already finished one tube of this sunscreen, and everything is going pretty darn well. It’s a tad drying compared to Neutrogena but using a combo of these two helps to balance out my skin. It’s working for me. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿงด๐ŸŒž

Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream

It’s time to talk about makeup! I love makeup. I didn’t want to give up makeup when treating my acne with tret. But I did go most days of the week without makeup. I tried to. Sometimes I get the urge to apply makeup because I enjoy it so much! I miss painting my face. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ I had issues with a few of my HG bb creams (no longer HG). The most recent one that I reviewed was Skin79 Super+ Beblesh Balm Orange. I loved that bb cream. It worked so well in the past. I don’t know what exactly happened, but it was one of the causes of my clogged pores, new breakouts. I didn’t know until I removed it from my makeup routine. All of the breakouts decreased all of a sudden. I haven’t touched this bb cream since. Did they change the ingredients? Did I receive a fake product? So many questions, I will never know, but I stopped using it. I decided to try another bb cream. Something I’ve used before. It’s Purito Cica Clearing BB Cream. This is a nice bb cream. It glides on the skin easily, smooths out the skin, and makes it look flawless and dewy. It provides good coverage for a product that is super affordable. It also contains SPF 38 PA+++.

I usually use a powder makeup with SPF to reapply some of the SPF throughout the day, but I haven’t found one that didn’t cause any skin problems. Take note that makeup with SPF isn’t good at providing good UV protection. It’s not something you should rely on for sun protection. The only reason I do use it and prefer makeup with UV protection is because it gives me some protection even though it’s not the greatest sun protection. Some protection is better than none. When I’m wearing makeup, it’s also really hard to reapply sunscreen. I tried it. It’s terrible. It messes up my makeup. It gets really oily, greasy, and looks really nasty. ๐Ÿคข Layering sunscreen on unclean skin, especially on acne-prone skin is not the best idea. It can lead to breakouts. I thought about using a spray sunscreen, but I haven’t found one with ingredients I liked either. The ones I’ve encountered contain alcohol or comes out greasy. I know exactly what’s going to happen when I use something like that on my face…breakouts! I’m trying my best to avoid that as much as I can. haha. So what I do is just use this bb cream, lol. Works and it’s cheap.

Tret Month One Skin Care Testing

During the first month, I ended up trying out products to maintain the moisture in my skin. Also, I was searching for a better sunscreen that provides better sun protection. Something with a higher SPF than 30. Yeah, I shouldn’t have tested out so many products while on tret, but I just couldn’t help myself. I’m always on the search for something better and more suitable for my skin. I did end up slowing down the acne healing process. That’s something I didn’t like and am disappointed in. All I can do now is move on to the future and hope for the better. Out of this mess, I actually did walk out with a sunscreen with a higher SPF. I guess it wasn’t too bad after all. Read about the sunscreens I’m using during this journey if you’ve only skimmed this post or have forgotten. haha! ๐Ÿ‘€

Month One Petroleum Jelly Aquaphor

There were times my skin became red, irritated, and rash-like in the beginning of my journey. To help calm down and heal irritated skin, I tried slugging. Slugging is when you seal your skin with an occlusive product. Alright, I’m going to take a moment of silence after writing that. ๐Ÿ˜ OK! Let me repeat that again. Slugging is when you seal your skin with an occlusive product. You know when you just try things out just to see if it works or not. This was one of those things I tried (and I’ve tried it before in the past). I just had to try it again because you never know what may happen. ๐Ÿ™ƒ The products I used was petroleum jelly and Aquaphor. It felt really great at first slathering these products on my face at that moment when my skin was red and itchy. My skin felt slippery, less dry, and it was fun smoothing petroleum jelly and Aquaphor all over my face. Like, I have oily, acne-prone skin, and I’m doing this?? Yep, just applying it all over the face without a care! Well, this was a terrible choice I made. My skin became more itchy with petroleum jelly and Aquaphor on my skin. I woke up with clogged pores along my jawline, cheeks, and forehead. It messed up my skin! Also, sleeping with a sticky substance on my face made me lose a ton of sleep. I couldn’t sleep at all. I was tossing and turning. I would roll around and the products would stick to everything from my pillow case, bed sheets, my hair!! I woke up with greasy hair! It didn’t matter how much I used. It got everywhere. I gave up on slugging so fast on my facial skin. I only use it on dry patches now. Just small sections of my face. That seems to work better. Using it on the whole face was a complete nightmare! Instead of using petroleum jelly or Aquaphor, I really like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream Fragrance-Free. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป Check it out!

Tret Month One Skin Care Drop

By the end of the first month, I dropped some skin care products from my routine. They were Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, and Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, so that leaves me with Timeless Coenzyme Q10 Serum and Yeouth Vitamin C & E Serum. ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป I’m thinking about replacing this product with something else. It hasn’t done much for my skin in terms of brightness or fading acne marks. I’m just using it because I have it. *sigh* I hope something better comes along, but I haven’t found that something yet.

For the most part, I used tret every other day besides one week when I decided to use it every day. Well, using it every day was a really bad idea (on a 0.05% gel). It may work for others, but it didn’t work for me. My skin became really dry, developed some scabs, skin wasn’t sloughing off naturally, skin looked raw and red. It was just bad. My skin didn’t improve much during that week. It was too much for my skin to handle. I should’ve stuck with using it every other day as planned because I’ve noticed improvements in my skin while taking it slow. Even though the results weren’t spectacular, it was something. It was slowly moving in the right direction. Plus, my skin wasn’t red, raw, and irritated. I didn’t have to worry too much about moisturizing my skin either, since my skin healed up after a rest day from tret. Like brand new skin with a natural, dewy glow to it. The process just felt more at ease and more natural using it every other day vs every single day.

Also, dropping Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, Cosrx Hyaluronic Acid Hydra Power Essence, and Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel was a good idea. I’m peeling a lot more without these products. My skin was literally sloughing off without any pain. I noticed that my skin is able to heal itself much quicker too. I haven’t seen any new acne bumps after quitting these products. My skin just looks better. Maybe these products were too sticky or too moisturizing on my skin. I just know that I like the way my skin looks without them. I’ll be on the search for a moisturizer for my skin type. But, I’m not going to hold my breath, since it’s been a 10+ year search. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ So, that’s my 1 month results on tret. I’m still going through the purge. I think it’s going to take at least 2 more months (I hope! ๐Ÿฅบ) to reach that flawless, acne-free skin stage, but I’ll eventually get there. Stay tuned for my 2 MONTH update soon. See you all there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget to check out my first tret post ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿป

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