You’re a beautiful woman with lots of good qualities, values and skills. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 5. When it comes to trying retinoids, avoid attempting near social events. That’s what makes you truly beautiful. Hi! Bar soaps can be very harsh on their own without adding BP to them! It’s always better to start a couple of times a week and then apply a moisturiser, especially if your skin is dry or sensitive. My entire skin is covered in clumps of cysts. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% 6. I had tried retin-a years ago for acne. . In addition, she was prescribed Doxycycline. Will it at any point curb the oil, is there some science behind this? Most moisturizers will work with retinol, so go for one that suits your skin type. But i have kept using it…hopefully this is not a mistake. Tip #3: Consider newer retinoids. Claire, it’s hard to tell for sure, but sounds like a purge. Hi Gia, I went to a skin specialist almost 6 weeks ago and they put me on activ retinol 0.5% serum and said to use every night with a zinc based moisturiser from Synergie. Download your FREE 'Best Anti-Aging Skincare Routine" cheatsheet to find out what really works to prevent aging and minimise wrinkles (plus, weekly tips). The fact that it goes away after a while is more the result of your skin getting used to it than the purging being completed. Tori, thi post will help you figure out if it’s a purge or a breakout: https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/purging-breakout-difference/. I’d try one of their Granactive Retinoid in Squalane formulas. It is strange because I know that the Dr. Dennis Gross serum is a really good product – but perhaps my skin just didn’t react well to it. I dont ever wear makeup. I’ve recently purchased the Paula’s Choice 1% retinol boost, so I think i’ll switch to that and see how I fare. Overall Opinion: The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid is a really great retinol serum that will help plump the skin and help prevent further aging from happening. Another thing, my normal routine for years before this new routine was nightly benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin phosphate application. You want to take a girls sanity, give her acne and she has no idea what’s happening. not even a hey how you doing just BAMMMM. Because the product is absorbed quickly by the skin and it dries fast, I found it was easiest to apply half the face at a time. If your skin is prone to them, chances are your pores are already quiet clogged and would erupt in a breakout later on. You need to give your skin time to heal. I wanted to ask though, you say retinol does work for the red, irritated sort of acne (the one it has caused incidentally), what is the alternative in this case? Practically, it’s not as common as retinyl palmitate is less powerful than other forms of vitamin A. I have always had relatively good skin, but had a random breakout of whiteheads (closed comedones) on my forehead back in March. The Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion comes in a cute glass bottle with a dropper that makes it feel like science in a bottle. If not, the culprit is probably glycine soya oil, which is in the Skinmedica product. I can’t even lay on a pillow with how inflamed the cysts are. Janet, yes unfortunately it is normal. Two or three nights a week and build on frequency gradually. Binge watch a lot of TV because by the time you’re done with the new season of Schitt’s Creek, the purging will be over. Of course, that doesn’t mean there can’t be something else in the product that causes breakouts. I am afraid that if I start using this cream, I will make things so much worse. Hi Gia, I recently started using 1.0 retinol by the ordinary, I worked upto this one from the 0.2 retinol from them. In between the first two treatment I used it once a week. A purge is just a rapid breakout that can occur all over the face. Retinol can help treat acne, but not the red and inflamed kind (http://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/the-complete-guide-to-retinol/) so it may indeed be the serum that’s making your skin act up like that. Any recommendations? So sorry to hear about your problem. My face throbs for hours after I put something on. If you are recovering from retinoid dermatitis or purging, it may be hard to conceal with makeup. By speeding up the exfoliating process, retinol unveils it much sooner. Go back to basics. Do you think mixing it in with a moisturiser so that it’s less concentrated might help? Still, switching to Paula’s serum is not a bad idea. The first thing though is to deal with acne so definitely salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide as you were doing in the beginning. But the purging shouldn’t last more than one month. This water-free solution contains a 2% concentration of an advanced retinoid active complex called Granactive Retinoid that has been shown to offer better results against multiple signs of aging than retinol without any of the irritation and drawbacks common with retinol. Her advice: A good moisturizer and sunscreen are your allies, and something as basic as Vanicream or Cerave will help ease the tightness and the peeling. If you experience them for longer then it means you’re either doing something wrong or your skin can’t tolerate it (some people with sensitive skin simply can’t use it). #Dermatologist #DrDray reviews all six of the retinols from The Ordinary. This oil can cause breakouts. It’ll help you get rid of the pimples too. After cleansing, saturate a cotton pad with the solution and wipe across your face and neck, avoiding contact with and near the eyes. A very simple wash, a toner with salicylic acid, a tiny drop of benzoyl peroxide added to my lotion (with salicylic acid) and a DDF serum (super expensive but my first ever serum) and my skin was perfect. I had happily gotten my skin care regimen down to simply soap once, sometimes twice, a day and lotion. Leonard Shoulders says he suffered serious physical injuries and untold psychological damage from his fall. Your so sweet a seeing everyone’s comments! I’m thinking of trying a retinol to help clear this issue, but I don’t know what to get and what dosage since it would be my first time using it. how can I get my natural skin back . Maybe that’s the problem. I agree that it’s best to use retinol every few days at first. If it’s really bad, dermatologists can prescribe a corticosteroid cream to help your skin recover. If that doesn’t work anymore, try either tea tree oil (pure) or sulfur. Benzoyl Peroxide VS Salicylic Acid: Which One Should You Choose? That one is very well formulated too, and, hopefully, will be more suitable for your skin type. I had a boss with great skin who once told me it was the best thing I could do to prevent wrinkles, so even when I was still getting zits, I was like, “Hey, at least this’ll benefit me out in ten years.” Now I’m in my mid-30s and my skin is pretty smooth and clear, with small pores and no scars. I switched to Murad, drunk elephant and a few others from Sephora. i mostly get my acnes on my chin area and forehead. There is nothing wrong with you. Much like puberty, the “retinoid uglies” feel different for everyone.