Using tretinoin everyday for Week 3 was a success.
I did modify the routine because that time of the month came in week 3.
I alternated Stieva A with VMV Superskin 3 Toner (Clindamycin Phosphate + Tretinoin Solution). I usually get 1 – 2 tiny pimples during my period. I still broke out with a pimple but as of this writing, it’s gone.
Stieva A Routine
Cream Cleanser > Olay Serum (Niacinamide) > Double-tap instagram photos for 15 minutes > Apply Stieva A
VMV Superskin 3 Toner Routine
Cream Cleanser > VMV Toner (sprayed on a cotton pad) > Apply Olay Serum (Niacinamide) > Double-tap instagram photos forever
Using tretinoin seems very complicated at first, but once you get the hang of it, it could simplify your skin care routine. I just use 3 products at night — to cleanse, treat, and moisturize (4 if I add my amusement product — twitter or instagram).
In the mornings, I only use 2 skin care products — a cream cleanser and a sun protection something. Since I’m extra-lazy, my face base also doubles as a sun protection product (Disclaimer: If I know that I’m not going to stay indoors all day, I use legit sun protection. Also, there’s no window where I work and I’m not directly under artificial light, so don’t be too worried about my DGAF about sunscreen attitude. Stressing about sun protection causes pre-mature aging too, you know.)
Same as week 2, I still haven’t experienced redness or irritation and peeling was still very minimal. There were no visible flakes on my face and I didn’t see tiny white specks of skin when I wore dark-colored clothes.
For Week 4, I’m continuing to use tretinoin every day. This time, I’ll just use the Stieva A cream.
I just confirmed that the Clindamycin + Tretinoin variant of the Superskin toners has been phased out. They’re using the mandelic acid active ingredient now.
Also, I used Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation with SPF 15 PA++ as my sun protection product in Week 3 and my face didn’t get darker. I’m using something else in Week 4 (Surprise surprise!)
P.S. Depending on the progress of Week 4, I’m considering making monthly updates instead.