January 20, 2017
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- 0.1% Adapalene Gel (retinoid)
- Prevents breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores, and blemishes
- Restores skin tone and texture by clearing acne
- No prescription required
- Available in 30 & 90 day supply
I'm currently on week 3. It can take 3 months before you see real results. At the moment, my skin is still adjusting to the retinoid, but the side effects are definitely improving.
The first week was the worst. My skin was very red and very inflamed. My face felt like I had a sunburn and putting anything on it was pretty painful, honestly. I washed it every morning with coconut oil and moisturized with Argan Oil and It Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream. In the evenings, I'd wash it with a gentle cleanser and apply the Differin Gel. I'd apply the oil and moisturizer again a few hours later before bed.
My face was definitely still irritated. It was still pink and would turn very red if I touched it. It stung anytime I put anything on it or washed it, but it was much less painful this week. The routine is the same.
This week is much better. The redness has subsided for the most part, as has most of the irritation and pain. It still feels a little sting-y, but it's definitely subsiding. The routine is still the same. I'd also like to note that I've only worn makeup once during these three weeks because application and removal was painful, but that was week 1. I'm sure by now it would be okay.
I've also been doing hydrating masks every 2-3 days, which has helped quite a bit. I have a lot of flakiness, but this is normal to keep pores from clogging and should balance out.
I'll do an update at the three month mark to let you know my results. Right now, I definitely have less acne than I've had in months, so it's definitely making a difference. I'll be sticking with it and I'll let you know how it works out.
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