My Retin-A Journey – first 2 weeks
I thought I will share my experience so far with incorporating Retin-A into my skin care regime. Before we get started, some quick notes about my skin type, events leading up to Retin-A use.
- I never had pimples or acne in my teens, leading up to mid 20s. It is only in the last 2 to 3 years that I started experiencing break outs. To be perfectly honest, my skin issues started only after I moved to the States. Maybe it an over dose of a few food groups, excess coffee, lifestyle changes, or just plain old hormonal changes?
- During 2015-16, I started laser hair removal sessions around my chin and jaw line to get rid of rogue hairs. I got burnt on my 5th or 6th session which caused significant hyper pigmentation. Despite of using a bit of Hydroquinone and Retinol Reform, I still have uneven skin tone.
- As of this year, the uneven pigmentation spots subsided quite a bit by themselves (even before I started Retin-A).
- One of my favorite bloggers, P from Pret-A-Porter recommended that I just get a prescription Retin-A or Retinol instead of wasting my money with products like Retinol Reform.
- It is almost 3 months since I started using prescription Retin A. So, by the time I am writing this post, I am further along in my journey.
Quick Notes about my Doctor’s visit:
The doctor told me that it would be several months before I see any big progress in reduction of hyper pigmentation and uneven skin tone. She noticed few areas prone to light Acne on my face. She prescribed Aczone Gel (7.5%) and Retin-A. (0.08%)
The recommendation was that I use
- Aczone in the morning and evening all over my face
- just a pea-size amount of Retin-A all over my face every alternate night and build my strength to use it daily. I was supposed to apply Retin A before any night cream or serums.
Initial Experience in the First two weeks.
Week 1: I used Retin-A every alternate day. In the first week I saw 2 break outs. I wrote them off as my skin adjusting to new products.
Week 2: I saw 2 more break outs. Also, my skin entered that well known phase of peeling that occurs with Retinol products. Having used Shani Darden’s Retinol Reform, I knew this was going to happen. The skin around my mouth and nose was the most affected in the peeling process.
The break outs started to worry me. But, per numerous forums I’ve read, this happens when you try prescription strength Retinoids. Another thing I noticed was that my hyper pigmentation spots look even more darker. This was the biggest of my worries. Again, looking at various forums, a few people put it down to the fact that rest of my skin is getting clearer and brighter. So the dark spots seem to be more defined.
I’ll be sharing my 1 month progress soon. Do you use any Retin-A or Vitamin A products? How was your experience? Do you prefer over the counter products or seeing a Dermatologist?