In Week 2, I used Tretinoin for three non-consecutive nights — 15 to 20 minutes after applying a niacinamide serum.
I noticed something interesting this week. My dead skin cells seem to be loosening up. It’s not obvious when I look in the mirror, but whenever I wash my face, I feel some sort of ruddiness. When I massage my face with a cream cleanser, there is balling action going on. I’m assuming that it’s skin.
During the middle of the week, the skin under my eyes started feeling drier than usual. The cream seem to be crawling up and around my eyes. In the past, I used to put tretinoin on the crows feet area but I was using a separate tube in a lower concentration for that purpose (o.o25%). Initially, I wanted to use any ordinary facial moisturizer but I wasn’t sure if the moisturizers I have are safe for the eyes.
I asked Tellie what she would recommend for a basic eye cream and she suggested Celeteque Brightening Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener. I think it’s working great — so far — in the moisturization front. But I might check out Olay’s offerings after I finish Celeteque — purely out of curiosity.
I experienced minimal flaking near the jaw and outer cheek area as the end of the week was approaching. There was still no redness, inflammation, or anything that indicated some form of irritation. I guess the niacinamide + tretinoin combo is effective.
For Week 3, I’ll be using tretinoin every day. I will skip a day if I notice that my skin is extra dry or if I experience moderate to severe flaking and irritation.
My face still looks pretty much the same. I also don’t have any pimple or acne right now, so there’s really no need to post photos of myself (excuses!).
I haven’t been using a dedicated sunblock lately — I can feel you cringe. My risk appetite has always been high, so good luck to me.
I’m determined to finish all of my foundations starting with Koh Gen Do Aqua that has SPF 15 PA++. I know sun protection from makeup is generally considered not enough. But my recently changed work schedule starts at 4pm and I stay indoors all the time.
See you again next week.
If you missed the first installment, click the link: Tretinoin Update – Week 1.