For the recap of my Week 1 tretinoin skin care routine, click this: Easing My Way Into Tretinoin. The routine is at the bottom of the post.
This will be a quick update since I only used tretinoin twice the past week.
I didn’t take photos of my face because it still looks almost the same as before I went back to tretinoin.
I didn’t experience redness or flaking. Either my strategy works or it’s too early to tell. But I’m sure the product is working. After washing, there were areas on my face where dead skin cells seem to have come off. They were too subtle to be captured by my point-and-shoot camera (or I don’t know how to use a camera). I’m sorry I couldn’t describe it well but it looks shiny — like how skin looks like if you pull off a layer of skin several days after a medium-depth chemical peel.
There was one day when I saw something that looked like micro-peeling — definitely not flaking. They were on very small areas and were easily remedied by washing the face and putting on the Olay serum.
My skin is a little less oily than usual. But I’m not sure if it was tretinoin that caused it because it’s also extra-cold and dry in the office lately.
This week I’m using tretinoin thrice.
Hopefully, the update will be as good as this week.