I’ve been on tret for three months now (2 months on 0.025 cream and 1 on 0.04 microsphere gel.)
I have a large humidifier for when I sleep and this mini cactus humidifier for my desk at work. These are crucial in helping with dryness/peeling.
The other thing that ended my peeling was the introduction of First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery. It has colloidal oatmeal, propolis, hyaluronic acid, licorice root, and white tea. It’s completely noncomedogenic and completely stopped all redness, irritation, and peeling for my sensitive skin. I found the first bottle at TJ Maxx and tried it on a whim, but I bit the bullet and paid full price on Amazon for the second bottle because I loved it so much.
My skin is 100% active acne free, and 90% of my closed comedones are gone. My hyperpigmentation has faded significantly. Tret is amazing, 3 months is truly when you start seeing real results. Stick with it and I hope these items help!!!
You should go to a dermatologist to get a proper diagnosis because it really could be anything. That said, an easy thing you can do at home to check whether it's bacterial (aka "normal" acne) or fungal (malassezia) is to look at it under a black UVA light. I got this one on Amazon for $10. If the whiteheads glow orange, they're bacterial, and if they glow blue, they're fungal.
Do you use anything else with your tret? It definitely looks like a purge and it's good that it's all coming out, but I found adding Benzoyl Peroxide in the mornings made the purge soooo much more manageable!! There's a ton of OTC BPs but I got this 5% version from my pharmacy (still "OTC") and it's worked so much better than any drugstore ones I've tried in the past.
Also with your level of acne you might want to speed it up and move to a higher percentage as soon as you can. I used 0.025% cream for like 2-3 months to finish up one tube, and progress was okay, but after a week on 0.1% micro-gel I could tell a bigger difference!
Is this an ad?
You quoted the exact prices that GoodRx ads have.
Also, adapalene isn’t tretinoin. Adapalene is usually something your insurance wants you to try is tread of tret because it’s cheaper. I think the prices you’re quoting for adapalene are what I used to pay for tret- actually $268 seems a little high, even for tretinoin!
And Amazon seems to be selling name brand Differin for $12.88. I think I bought name brand Differin at RiteAid for about $43 a few weeks ago. Why is the pharmacy charging that much for generic adapalene?
I don’t mean to be super critical or anything, but this all seems weird to me. : /
Edit- I fucked up, guys. This is a real person who was genuinely excited to share something that helped them, and I was suspicious and critical and hurt their feelings. They were being happy and helpful, and I was a jerk about it. I’m really sorry for about it, but don’t downvote them. They felt attacked and responded. I get it.
$25 Amazon steal ⭐️
Comhats Womens Floppy Summer Sun Beach Straw Hat UPF50 Foldable Wide Brim 55-60cm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FVJDB8T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_78V62XJX5PTNRQYRHMSF?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I was careless on Differin for years with sun protection, & now that I’m on tret I’m taking it very seriously!! I’m going to my friend’s lake house for a few days so I was worried about being in the intense sun, and went on a mission to find the perfect practical & fashionable sun hat in addition to my sunscreen use! Not only does it actually fit, it can also be tightened & has a detachable & adjustable chin strap so it won’t blow away. It does claim to have UPF 50+ and my favorite part is the cut out in the back so I can wear a low ponytail or bun. Very excited & thought I’d share in case anyone else was in the market for one!
Eucerin Urea Repair face cream
This has been my holy grail since starting Tret. I use other moisturizing products but urea works so well for me; I barely had any flakiness.
Oh no, so fungal acne is caused by a yeast called Malassezia, and acne is called by a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes. Yeast and bacteria need different treatment which makes it super confusing :(
The proper medical term for fungal acne is "Pityrosporum folliculitis or Malassezia folliculitis". If you pop that into google it brings up lots of pictures that describe it pretty accurately on the body! This is exactly what mine looked like, except maybe even more clustered than this.
I put mine into a pump bottle. I get to empty the whole tube. I put other tubes in the fridge.
The one I got is "currently unavailable" but these look promising. I'd just make sure it's not see-through as light rays can and do degrade the product. Also, don't mix tubes (batches) of product. Use one batch at a time and clean the pump dispenser when it's empty.
I used to wax prior to tret and replaced it with this epilator tool. It's a bit painful but you quickly get used to it.
Here's to a quick recovery!
Of course :)
What is your skin tone?
Are you from the Staates or perhaps from Canada?
Idk money wise the CC cosmetic would cost a whole lot but I have a great affordable drugstore alternative from Canada (you can order Canadian stuff trough amazon just use the amazon.ca site) this one is my favourite tinted mineral sunscreen Ombrelle Tinted Ultra Light Face Mineral Sunscreen Lotion Spf 60, 50 mL https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XD8MK8Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_w8V9CbXCDNSFD it’s an awesome LRP dupe and affordable.
They also have a chemical version if you don’t want any cast with much better filters, I use the chemical version too.
I used oils in the past but trough them all out or gave them to my friends, if you have acne you have sensitive skin and oils can sometimes aggravate sensitivity specially combined with fragrance and I don’t see much use in them. This is of course just my opinion and everyone is different.
And this routine looks solid I would use it too!
Hada Labo Gokujyun bulk mask packs. It's basically Hada Labo Premium in a mask and they're so soothing for angry skin. The fit could be better, but the price is right and I love them. Here's a link to them on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074F1GHLD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I was specifically referring to the underlying health of your skin. How it's always been does not mean that' how it has to continue. The ingredients in your moisturizer matter. If you are going to use the barrier method, use a well formulated moisturizer, not a collection of serums and oils.
<strong>What ingredients to look for on a moisturizer product label?</strong>
"For those of you who really want to understand this, look for products that have these fatty acid ingredients that contain high levels of stearic acid such as shea butter, argan oil, macadamia seed oil, safflower oil, and sunflower oil. The label should also say “cholesterol” and either “ceramide” or “Myristoyl/palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide MEA”. The product should have at least one of these fatty acid containing ingredients towards the beginning of the ingredient list, with cholesterol and ceramide or Myristoyl/palmitoyl oxostearamide/arachamide MEA later in the list."
In the majority of cases, one of the more popular drugstore brands will do. You probably need more, take a look at ATOPALM
What was the reason for increasing your concentration?
Here's a link to the one I ordered.
Two giant tubes for less than $25. I ordered these in April and I still haven't finished the first tube!
Best of luck! Also, make sure to apply it to completely dry skin. For most people, azelaic acid itches like crazy if you apply it to even slightly damp skin.
I use Retin A every night and my dermatologist recommended the Ambi Skincare Fade Cream on amazon for $5 it has really helped with my hyperpigmentation I put it on in the mornings on my dark spots AFTER vitamin C & *****sunscreen!
*Your skin looks incredible!
-Link to the product! :)
I second this. Even the cheapest patches get really costly pretty fast if you're using them frequently. Cutting up larger bandages is definitely the way to go. I thought bandaid brand worked really well, but the adhesive was a bit too strong for my face. I always felt like it took off some skin (this was pre-tret). (They were perfect when I got a deep gash on my hand though. That thing stayed put through handwashing, showers, taking gloves on & off, etc., & completely sealed the wound.)
Duoderm is the classic medical brand for real (non-acne) wounds. I used to buy these on amazon & cut them up and they worked well. If you're going to use enough to make it through a whole box, these come out cheaper than the bandaid bandages even though they're on the high end for large medical grade hydrocolloids. There's 10 4x4 inch bandages per box for ~$20.
Dynadex is a good dupe for Duoderm. I switched to these b/c they're half the price and work just as well. ~$10 for ten 4x4 in. bandages.
Oof. I wouldn't try it on my hands if I were you. The reason you're not supposed to use Tret on your neck is the same reasons I think you shouldn't try it on your hands: there's not enough sebaceous glands. And because there's not enough sebaceous glands on your neck or hands, the tret doesn't have any natural buffer from your natural oils so you can end up with huge red patches of irritation and peeling. I wouldn't risk it. A safer treatment would be straight glycerin and cotton gloves. Or Aveeno has a hand mask you could try.
Personally, I apply hydrocolloids first, tretinoin second because of the warning against using tret on open wounds.
Yeah, wait like 20-30 minutes after patting dry to apply. Here's an article by mayo clinic about it.
But besides the flaking which is most likely over irritation, the acne could be either caused by purging or irritation. I'd just start waiting more, ensuring you use sunscreen every morning, and moisturize with a non comedogenic moisturizer every time you wash your face. If it doesn't get better, you're probably purging, and it should get better in a few weeks. You could also try to buffer the tret with a moisturizer if it's too irritating until your skin gets used to it, or perhaps drop down to every other day.
CoTZ Prime and Protect
I just got this one on Amazon. Someone else on here posted a pic of herself in it and it was so cute I had to have it Comhats Womens Floppy Summer Sun Beach Straw Hat UPF50 Foldable Wide Brim 55-60cm
I’m also a fan of just a cute baseball cap
So tretinoin is a very good exfoliator on it’s own and until your skin’s regeneration rate slows (happens early to mid thirties) you probably don’t need an exfoliator.
If you want a glow you could try a hydrating serum instead or a brightening one.
Something like this
It'S SKIN Power 10 Formula LI Effector https://amazon.com/dp/B0063SG3RM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_JTA2Q07EMN07X8X0E65Y?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Of course given how long you’ve been on tret, I don’t think you’d have any adverse effects from trying an AHA/BHA.
I really like the Australian Gold tinted moisturizer. It looks really good on me. Not drugstore, at least not in my area, but the price is comparable.
A few things though! Some people find that it pulls orange on them. I haven't had that happen.
The description says it rinses off easily with water, this a blatant and negligent lie. This stuff is very clearly waterproof, and is not easy to "break."
It can also be very drying. Good for oily skin, and I put lotion underneath it to keep it from getting too dry.
I can't find the cream that someone recommended several months ago. I did use a niacinamide/aloe serum when I had trouble acclimating my neck and that worked well for me.
Sure! Hado Labo Premium
I believe this is 20% and it shipped and sold by Amazon! Ecological Formulas EFM-MZMX2 Melazepam Emollient Cream for Acne and Rosacea (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077NDXC2N/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_6jS-FbH06MAN7
I highly recommend giving Canmake a try. You can even get it off of amazon. (here)
Hi, this one is one of my favourite ones that I use. It is SPF 50+, the UVA protection is ++++ (the highest category in the Asian rating system, meaning that the product is at least a UVA PPD of 16) and it **dries completely matte, leaves **zero whitecast* and it feels like you’re wearing nothing.
Idk where you are based, but if there are any Japanese or Asian beauty stores near you, they may carry it (I found mine locally). Otherwise you can order online via Amazon or some of the popular Asian Beauty websites.
My all-time favorite cleanser is this one if you're interested. Don't order it right now though, it's usually $10 and the price will go back down
That Avene sunscreen is good on sun protection but has two major cons - it's expensive and it's gonna leave a white caste. If you have even a bit of melanin in you, trust me it's gonna leave a caste. Btw don't wear multiple sunscreens at once, there are some ingredients that don't work well together and can degrade each other. Pick one and apply liberally. A really great Japanese sunscreen that I recommend like this one is cheaper and will look much better on your skin. I also thought I couldn't access Japanese sunscreen because I didn't know I could order it on Amazon. I seriously couldn't recommend them enough. They're affordable, look better on the skin, and have FAR better sun protection.
This is the amazon link for the Hada Labo Premium Lotion
But depending on where you live it might be cheaper off dokedemo or yesstyle (there are a ton of other places to get it off of, those are the two I’ve used and been happy with)
I was looking on amazon at the Biore Aqua rich watery essence and can't seem to find an exact match... is this the same thing? Seems pretty cheap
I recently got the LRP anthelios SPF 50 mineral sunscreen based on recommendations from this sub and I love it! My skin can't tolerate many sunscreens - they make my skin sting - but this stuff is GREAT. It's less greasy than Blue Lizard but it doesn't make my skin feel sensitive and red and tight like Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46. It feels very light but it's non-irritating. It disappears on your face. I bought the tinted one by accident but it's surprisingly subtle. There's only one shade and there's juuust enough bronze pigment to neutralize the white cast from the minerals. You can't really see it. The only downside to this tinted one is that I wear white N95 masks and I reuse them, so I don't use this sunscreen if I'll be wearing a mask bc I don't want the pigment to rub off on it. I think the non-tinted version would probably be great too though. If there's a white cast you can always throw a little bronzer over the visible part of your face if you'll be wearing a mask. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007U54P36/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
That’s not terrible! Switch to a satin pillow case it’ll help and get a silk face mask! (I made my own super easy to make.) Also look into double cleansing!! All these things changed my life, this...and tretinon lol
I’ll link ya to the pillow cases I have! And the silk face mask article by U of Chicago.
Satin pillow case:
Silk face masks article:
I’m guessing this one would be better?
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Oxide Dry-Touch Mineral Face Sunscreen Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Oil-Free, Non-Comedogenic & Non-Greasy Zinc Oxide Facial Sunscreen, Hypoallergenic, 2 fl. oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MDOA0V4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_1ronFbK6DXB4K
Well, I don’t blame you for not wanting to put new things on your skin but here is the issue. Your skin’s cellular turnover has been expedited so fast, it’s natural sebum production and skin barrier function is broken. If you put thick moisturizers (like aquaphor), it will not push moisturizer back into the skin...it just kinda sits on top of the skin and waits for your skin to work it out on its own. If you push thin, watery hydrating elements deep into your skin, your skin will drink it up and sebum production will be able to be restored when your skin gets the signal that all is well. If you want to stay on tret, I would recommend getting Missha Time Revolution essence. It has simple, fermented ingredients which your skin will drink up without aggravating acne. Pat it into your damp skin and wait a few minutes (not till it’s dry) and repeat. This is called the 7 skin method and while it is not required to be done 7 times, the deeper the moisturizing layers ingredients permeates your skin.
I highly reccomend the Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patches- The Original acne patches. I believe the ones I use come in a red and white package, they are the basic kind and not the invisible+ kind. I buy mine off of Amazon! Here's the link :) https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Patch-Hydrocolloid-Absorbing-count/dp/B074PVTPBW/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=hero+cosmetics&qid=1597446291&sr=8-3
I use it for my cystic acne that I get from purging and it usually takes a few patches to drain it but I've been using them for a while and it really helps to not pick! (also easily hidden when wearing a mask in public!) I use them at night after my moisturizer sinks in but if my acne is really bad then I use them during the day.
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume is the only thing that doesn’t irritate my skin/break me out/break the bank. It’s amazing. It’s thick as heck, so be forewarned. You’ll probably want to look into an occlusive as well.
Amazon link for LRP Moisturizer
I saw an allergist and tested positive for egg and soy on skin prick tests. So I avoid those. I wouldn’t without a positive skin prick test though bc it’s just a pain in the butt.
The food thing I’d try first would be the Perricone diet bc eating salmon (the best source of omega 3s) daily and making sure I avoided blood sugar spikes got me 99% clear. The audio book is a free listen with an free audible trial. https://www.amazon.com/Acne-Prescription-Perricone-Program-Healthy/dp/0060188782/ref=sr_1_1?
For moisturizer I use hado labo premium lotion plus Vaseline at night and the same plus a sunscreen during the day - neutrogena clear face.
Hope that helps.
Yeah happy to shop internationally. My priorities are high UVA/B protection, moisturising and tinting. The other two are bonuses.
What do you think about MISSHA M PERFECT COVER BB CREAM #23 SPF 42 PA+++ ?
ETUDE SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream is popular
Hi! I am a woman and I used to shave my peach fuzz all the time but since being on tret it breaks me out really bad when I do. Someone recommended this face trimmer so I use that every 2 weeks or so on a night I'm not using tret! Doesn't get as close as shaving but it doesn't break me out which is all I care about :) https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-ES2113PC-Pivoting-Attachments-Battery-Operated/dp/B0009DT39C
Hi. I've a couple of questions, but some background first. I'm female in mid/late thirties. I've had acne for most of my adult life (can't remember teenage years). I've been fighting a constant acne flare up for most of this year, especially round my mouth and on my chin, with a few spots on my cheeks as well. I just keep getting one or two new spots almost every day, and the old ones fade but don't go fully. I've recently changed my skin washing product and routine, as well as my moisturising tactics, and it all seems to be helping a bit inasmuch as the breakouts are less widespread and there are fewer new spots each time.
I tried Treclin for a couple of months in the summer, but it didn't seem to help that much. I think the way I was washing my face then may have been spreading the bacteria round too fast/much - hopefully that's better now. Also I was probably using too much Treclin - I was using much more than a pea sized amount because I felt it didn't go very far/spread well enough. My facial skin is more moisturised than it was a few months ago.
I'm thinking of trying Treclin again. I so want this acne gone or under control - I'm getting married soon, but it'd be nice to have a clear face anyway.
garnier and bioderma
be patient and stay hopeful! Clindamycin and spironolactone worked amazing for me but took 3 months. Stay consistent and results will come!
Something that helps me is using something for bacteria if you’re interested. I use Cosrx Propolis toner and also Tower 28 spray (but there is a dupe i will link below) Pimple patches are also great for white heads.
I find doing my makeup also makes me more confident and lets me forget about my acne for awhile. Just look for products that wont aggravate or add to your acne. Some days I only use tinted sunscreen (Tower 28). If I use foundation its Kosas brand. And personally I don’t put any extra powder
Antibacterial face spray link - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VRFC3Y7?psc=1&ref_=cm_sw_r_apin_ct_DA0G78N1GNQDK872EQ4H
"tretinoin WILL break down your barrier during the acclimation period, that's a normal side effect!"
... to a degree!
When I first started tret I used too much, too fast. Wrecked my moisture barrier. The simple act of cleansing/moisturizing (especially with niacinamide) burned. No way was I going to continue using tret at that time. Once I healed up, I stripped my routine down to basics: gentle cleanser, hydrating toner/serum, moisturizer and SPF) and re-started slowly. Buffered with CeraVe ("in the tub") and topped with LRP Cicaplast. Using every other day for about 2 months now and I have ZERO barrier issues (no dryness, tightness or irritation). There's some Some MINOR flaking (so I know it's still "working") but no irritation.
In my (anecdotal/un-professional) opinion, I don't think it's wise to try and "push through" a broken barrier (true irritation). My second go around with tret proves I was doing it ALL wrong the first time and when done "right", there should be little to no irritation... 🤷♀️
Amazon sells .05 cream and .01 gel
If you don’t like the glass skin look then try this
Even though you’re not oily this causes a matte appearance without the use of additional mattifying products :)
I use a non fragrance cleansing balm ! https://www.amazon.com/Neutrogena-Remover-Nourishing-Removing-Travel-Friendly/dp/B08221J29Y/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?keywords=neutrogena+cleansing+balm&qid=1662083980&sr=8-3
Ok so this is the one it’s the rohto https://www.amazon.com/Hada-Labo-Hadalabo-Gokujun-Hyaluronic/dp/B074GY15HN/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=QKGICCF5M9HX&keywords=hada+labo+rohto&qid=1662011715&sprefix=hada+labo+rhoto%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-3. I’ve been using the gold premium gokujun but was wondering the difference between that and the link I just shared
My eye issues completely went away yes . What has really helped my eyes was this lid scrub I use in morning and at night . When I run out I can tell a big difference . https://www.amazon.com/OCuSOFT-Scrub-Plus-Pre-Moistened-Count/dp/B000US084U/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=26J8K7UJT51U7&keywords=ocusoft+lid+scrub+plus&qid=1661985785&sprefix=ocusogt%2Caps%2C197&sr=8-3. So try that !!
https://www.amazon.com/SkinSmart-Cleanser-Bacteria-Athletes-Multiple/dp/B07VRFC3Y7/ref=m_pd_sbs_sccl_1/137-9990773-8563749?pd_rd_w=Ce6OJ&content-id=amzn1.sym.edf46262-f075-4ada-bb02-a957ba959cb9&pf_rd_p=edf46262-f075-4ada-bb02-a957ba959cb9... here’s the link!
I also have this one and I really like it.
I’m trying to keep up with drinking lots of water but I’ve been dry lately as well, flakier than I was in the spring. I exfoliated way too hard the other day and made things worse. Today I took it easy on my skin and used an oxy pad gently after washing. Seems to have helped a bit. Still feel the oil coming on but unfortunately I don’t have AC, so it’s been difficult to stay cool lately.
I’ve also been using this once in a while and it seems to be a lot gentler than physically exfoliating and works pretty well. ( I keep it in the fridge for a cooling effect).
instead of micellar water, may i suggest a japanese oil cleanser? imo, it works much better to remove sunscreen + makeup fully when followed up with a water based cleanser. my personal rec since you said you wanted one w/o fragrance is the haba labo gokujun cleansing oil, it's not very expensive on amazon and doesn't leave any residue after you wash it off
Someone here recommended konjac sponges for this, so I ordered some on Amazon. They do the trick! There are a ton of them, but I went with these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016XDQ0RY?psc=1&ref=ppx\_yo2ov\_dt\_b\_product\_details
If niacinimide isn’t working try a moisturizer with cica! Its great for redness, inflammation and irritation. La roche is a holy grail on the sub but I would recommend for oily skin. I use this one that was $14 on Amazon and it’s a more gel like consistency! It really seems to help with irritation but honestly anything with cica would be a start if niacinimide isn’t working for you anymore. Cica is also great for the skin barrier. You said you’re on week 2 so you’re likely just starting retinization? Cica will help the redness and keep the skin barrier healthy.
VILLAGE11FACTORY Cica Cream,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0859CYSTM?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share (my rec for oily skin)
Give it a try if i see it.
How did they work out for the beer and give it for you for the info, well I can hear my cholesterol rising just looking at this one: https://www.amazon.com/HAIAOJIA-Workstation-Ergonomic-Adjustable-Controller/dp/B08C5HVGGN/ Some people in the reviews hate on it but you should buy my profile optimization service first and then i’ll be doing most of my collection back to storage since I had the 2x hot yesterday. There's a nice early-mid-late game flow instead of EU4 or CK3's early-game over flow.
By the way, products can be bought on Amazon! Here is the link:
https://www.amazon.com/Hadalabo-Gokujyun-premium-hyaluronic-Lotion/dp/B01N6L4OEP/ref=psdc\_11060451\_t3\_B08DRK9VH8[Hada Labo Gokujyun Toner (serum) & Milky Lotion Set](https://www.amazon.com/Hadalabo-Gokujyun-premium-hyaluronic-Lotion/dp/B01N6L4OEP/ref=psdc_11060451_t3_B08DRK9VH8)
Definitely seconding the tube squeezer. Left to my own devices, I'm a "squeeze from a random point in the middle like a caveman" person, and I've had this happen to more than one metal tube of product (tret, another moisturizer that used to come in a metal tube whose name escapes me at the moment, etc).
There are fancy ones that sit upright, but I just use ones like these. Works fine, no more cracks. (Still get them in the lids for some reason, though!)
I put Cerave cream in these travel containers and it works great:
OTO Travel Size Squeeze Bottle Set, 50ml (1.7 oz) Pack of 6 with Labels https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGGPD2P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Q89MJNPVTWM66AA5BGPJ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I use sulwhasoo. It’s expensive but a bottle lasts me for over a year. You can get a trial size for $12 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Sulwhasoo-Gentle-Cleansing-Foam-EX/dp/B00AMXG15I/ref=mp_s_a_1_17?crid=RXWNF8XY5CV7&keywords=sulwhasoo+trial+size&qid=1654139938&sprefix=sulwhasoo+trial+size%2Caps%2C171&sr=8-17
My favorite sunscreens are japanese since they have advence chemical filters that cant be produced here in the states. I recommend Skin Aqua Super Moisture Gel pump... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BM1USNO?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
It's super easy to apply and absolutely no white cast!
Yes! My favorite is Eucerin Sun Oil Control Gel-Cream Dry Touch SPF50+, I get it here. I would also recommend checking out the new La Roche Posay UVMune 400, it’s top-of-the-line UVA protection with the most effective UV filters. And it’s a new formulation, so they removed a very comedogenic ingredient (Isopropyl Myristate). The new ones check out as very low risk on Cosdna. I ordered mine from Soin-et-nature but I think they are out of stock now. I’d check CareToBeauty, I think it’s currently 25% off. There are two formulations, fluid and hydrating cream. I’d search the EuroSkincare and SkinCareAddiction subs for differences between them. I ordered one of each because I couldn’t decide, and both have low comedogenic ingredients.
This is the one that I use. https://www.amazon.com/innisfree-Defense-Sunscreen-Spectrum-Lotion/dp/B08WZS7LVN/ref=sr\_1\_3?crid=1O2Y0C12RWAJY&keywords=innisfree%2Bsunscreen&qid=1652815106&sprefix=innifree%2Bsun%2Caps%2C146&sr=8-3&th=1
I bought it randomly but I liked it so far. I use up to three-finger worth of product and I don't notice any white cast. The product does leave a slight sheen if you don't mind that. I think it's also good that the sunscreen doesn't make the dryer area of skin looks "flaky". Hope this helps! I also used a matte finish by La Roche Posay before as well, definitely had a white cast issue.
Not OP but I love snail mucin (helps so much with my clogged pores and existing breakouts). I’d recommend Eucerin Sun Gel Crème Dry Touch SPF 50. It’s European so you have to get it online if you’re American (this Amazon seller was authentic and a new batch, worked great). The newest formulation has better UVA protection and it’s really cosmetically elegant (totally dries matte). I actually prefer it to AB sunscreens because the silicone is pretty low on the ingredient list so I haven’t had issues with it pilling no matter what makeup I use. I’m very breakout prone and this is the first sunscreen that hasn’t broken me out. I have dry/sensitive skin, this doesn’t moisturize at all but I don’t find it irritating. Usually products with alcohol that high in the ingredient list really bother me but for some reason I haven’t even noticed it’s there in this formulation. If you’re curious about it I would check out r/EuroSkincare.
For me I needed to be able to bend my knees and at my hips (because that's how I slept for like 25 years on my side), and have my lower back feel supported, so I stuck a normal pillow under my knees for support there and bought a raised pillow like this, and used my normal pillow on the top edge of that. I found that comfortable and sustainable for me with practice (probably helped to start the habit of making sure I'm really physically tired when going to bed for the first couple weeks or so). My rule was my shoulders need to be basically parallel/flat to the wedge pillow, but I can still sort of twist or change 'sides' or do whatever with the rest of my body.
Good luck! I thought it would be impossible for me when I first tried it but the extra pillows made it and now that's just my normal, comfortable way of sleeping. I think sleeping on my back feels best for my face, chest, and upper back, although side (I'll still lay on my side sometimes, just not allowed to sleep on it) can be nicer if I have a full stomach or cramps or something.
Another thing I’ve had great luck with before (if you’d rather have something more like a mask that you wear for just a few minutes and wash off) is this stuff! De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment Acne Treatment - Medication to Clear Cystic Acne Pimples and Blackheads on Face and Body - Made in USA - 2.6 oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H5UP96I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_T47AV0C43CRAVJVVKZ56
I used to use it a couple times a week. I’d leave it on for 5-10 minutes while I was brushing my teeth, then wipe off with a washcloth and it really reduced the inflammation of my fungal acne by the next morning.
It's not the most elegant cream, but I'm wearing it to bed with the rest of my nighttime skincare so I don't really care.
I studied a LOT of pillows on Amazon for side sleepers! This is the one I bought that was cheap-ish and I love it so far. I just put a regular cotton pillowcase on it and sort of smoosh the fabric around the gaps so that my cheek can go in the gap and not be touching anything. I also like that it’s the same on both sides so when I flip over I just put my other cheek in the same gap.
I'm in the UK, and this is where I got the cut/shredded foam pillow (that actually made two pillows once I unpacked it enough for my needs - there was loads of shredded foam inside, way too much for one pillow in my opinion) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PXMGYJS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The memory foam wedge I got cut and bought from a local industrial estate foam supplier/cutter.
I bought these https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B09GK2PWL3/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 to keep my long, layered hair off my face. The band is not tight and they don't give me a headache (which bands usually do).
I also use a silk pillowcase, but the pillow inside it is cut foam. Small coin size pieces of memory foam. You can take out or leave in as much foam as you want. I removed half of mine (actually made a second pillow with the other half) and squish the pillow around to the shape I want, and sort of hang my face off one end when I sleep on my side.
I also had a small shallow memory foam wedge cut by a foam supplier (in fact gave it to me free as it was an offcut). I put this inside a silk pillowcase too and when I'm on my side, I put it under my temple area and it keeps my face off the pillow and stops it from getting squished up as my face is kinda hanging mid-air. Sounds really uncomfortable from my description, but it's really not at all.
I'm a terrible sleeper and all the grease was keeping me awake, so had to find a solution.
I recommend using an oil cleanser for makeup (and sunscreen) removal. It will also have the added benefit of helping to gently remove peeling/flakey skin from the tret. I have sensitive skin, use tretinoin, and love Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil.. I use it as the first step in a double cleanse, followed by Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser.
Vanicream Moisturizing Lotion with Pump Dispenser - 16 fl oz (1 lb) – Formulated Without Common Irritants for Those with Sensitive Skin https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003XWG880/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GYM434BH42HRTBZ2MA38
Ops I think I ordered a wrong one, it was without retinol. link
So you put this one that is retinol for the night along with Tretinion or? If in the morning, isn’t to much with tret both in AM and PM?
La Roche-Posay Double Repair Moisturizer
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer, Daily Moisturizer Face Cream with Ceramide and Niacinamide for All Skin Types, Oil Free, Fragrance Free https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9SPQHQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_T4SNKFE98WBMP33Q7F8Z?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
The Q10 is the moisturizer. It's this. Very nice, but also affordable.
Yes, SPF is always dead last.
I use this one, I apply it all over my face, it is not aggressive with my skin, I think it is partly because it has lanolin too.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream | Body and Face Moisturizer for Dry Skin | Body Cream with Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides | Normal | Fragrance Free | 19 Oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TTD9BRC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4T9BNER4WMNZF3TVMQQP
This is my moisturizer of choice, nice, thick, creamy.
It’s this one https://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Fridababy-DermaFrida-SkinSoother-Essential/dp/B074ZJSSNB/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?crid=1LT9ZOTLCIRDG&keywords=baby+frida+baby+cradle+cap&qid=1647931824&sprefix=bany+frida+baby+cradle+ca%2Caps%2C121&sr=8-5
Also I know we are all tired of wearing masks but maybe use something this intermittently throughout the ride
Botack Balaclava Face Mask Sun UV Protection Breathable Full Head Mask for Men Women Cycling https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q81C7XR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4BGXJ6XZWTZPTE29MNNY
I usually shave my peach fuzz off (about once a month) using the Schick hydro silk razor (link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787GLBMV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_Z5GJFPCJVXBC21RD2412). I do it on a clean wet face and use the neutrogena skin clearing shaving cream for better glide, but I’m sure you could use any product for the same effect. I don’t reuse the same razor because I’m very acne-prone.
Eucerine Q10 Anti-Wrinkle
Thick and creamy, absobs nicely into the skin for a nice plump glow. Also provides a nice slick barrier for retin-a application and absorption.
This is my product of choice, works very well for me, fairly priced as well, I typically try to buy at least a few at a time whenever they're on sale.
Very thick creamy, and absorbs well into your skin for a nice plump glow.
This is my product of choice, I apply Retin-A first, then liberally apply this product afterwards, then again immediately in the morning.
Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen for Acne-Prone Skin, Broad Spectrum SPF 55 with Helioplex Technology, Oil-Free, Fragrance-Free & Non-Comedogenic, 3 Fl Ounce https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004D2826K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_HV9F25QBCKCJ3N2VE4CW?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Panthenol Spray 58g/2 Oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXEWKJH/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_GN8WWSG0RDFHZGKVF70X
it's currently out of stock but I'm sure any panthenol will do. it absolutely saved my skin barrier so many times and even when I was sick and blowing my nose raw
Sorry for possibly being dumb, is this the one you use? https://www.amazon.com/3-Step-Fridababy-DermaFrida-FlakeFixer-Storage/dp/B07T16DQ31?th=1 I saw another one that is different so wasn't sure. And if that is the one, do you just use the middle part?
I too have sensitive skin and currently on .05% tret. I used The Ordinary 10% for a while prior to starting tret. It didn’t irritate my skin but I also didn’t see any noticeable difference after using a bottle. I have been using Isispharma Metroruboril 15% for some time and have continued using it since starting tret and it hasn’t irritated my skin and I have seen some noticeable improvement! Isispharma Metroruboril
Okay. This one is $2 above your price range if you get to the point where you’re comfortable spending that much. No pressure. It’s my favorite and I’ve seen it recommended a surprise amount on here. A bottle lasts me a little less than 3 months while using it twice a day. Don’t mind the old/new version. I get either one depending on which is in stock
ETUDE HOUSE SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream 60ml (Old Version)- Hypoallergenic Shea Butter Hydrating Facial Cream for Sensitive Skin, Panthenol and Madecassoside Heals Damaged Skin https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072L2344Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_E2XSG45HB2RGEBYFQYAX
I sware by this, all natural ingredients , it’s by Aspen Kay Naturals. $19.99, and I love that I can https://www.amazon.com/Moisturizer-Unscented-Aspen-Kay-Naturals/dp/B07BR8V4XQ?pd_rd_w=tQp6M&pf_rd_p=7e8efe83-c453-47a7-b6f0-8ce7932221cb&pf_rd_r=SDZ9BHJCFTJWBQP04SA6&pd_rd_r=49adf61c-7f17-4d4c-8e9a-037b5cea050f&pd_rd_wg=zDN9v&pd_rd_i=B07BR8V4XQ&psc=1&ref_=pd_bap_m_rp_5_scget it on Amazon.
Hi! Is this the QV Cream you love??
QV Cream For Dry Skin Conditions 500g https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01AVQUFUW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_G3PSZ57HM96RCR1KXY4K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I’ve struggled forever to find a good cream to use with tret so I’m going to try it out!
I’ve been having really great luck with this moisturizer. It says it’s for babies but thats just a bad translation. It is indeed face cream. Its deeply moisturizing and not greasy at all. I can layer it if I’m peeling from my tret and it absorbs nicely. Its also really affordable and comes in a large tube unlike a lot of other moisturizers.
PYUNKANG YUL ATO Cream Blue Label](PYUNKANG YUL ATO Cream Blue Label - Long lasting Strong Moisture and Nutrients Hyaluronic Acids Baby Cream - Natural Safe Ingredients Ceramide Skin Barrier from Double Hydration Baby Lotion 4.1 Fl. Oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JJPYQJQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_V62TQ41QCAP33K6B732A?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1)
ISNTREE Hyaluronic Acid Watery Sun Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ 1.69 Fl Oz, 8 Types of Hyaluronic Acid, Strong Protection Against UVA and UVB Rays, No White Cast, Reef-safe, Non-nano Sunscreen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D3L4BQP/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_Y5TR1H68B91MY5P0CHYG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It was pulled nearly everywhere. I have the stick version and I'm obsessed so I hope it comes back!!!
I have the same issue with those moisturizers. I’ve purchased 5 bottles of Soon Jung 2x Barrier Intensive moisturizing cream. It’s gentle but so so moisturizing. I literally cannot recommend it enough. This is the link for Amazon but some people use stylevana or sokoglam since it’s Korean ETUDE SoonJung 2x Barrier Intensive Cream 60ml (21AD) | Hypoallergenic Shea Butter Hydrating Facial Cream for Sensitive Skin, Water-oil Balance Panthenol Heals Damaged Skin | K-beauty https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091PN6NPT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_i_QV9YZ03N5916NDC63WNZ?psc=1
I have this gel https://www.amazon.ca/Neutrogena-Hydroboost-Hydrating-Hyaluronic-Moisturizing/dp/B00YPBGIIS/, is it suitable to use as a moisturizer with tret?
How do i know/what should i be looking to avoid?
I can’t recommend the Vanicream gentle cleanser enough. Super light and smooth, two pumps and my entire face is lathered and it rinses right off. Face feels super clean and smooth after.