Once you’ve done this, you can gently introduce salicylic acid to clear up the breakouts. You are wrong. Secondly, I am supposed to carry on with higher percentage, but do I have to go back to twice a week or should it be every other night? Again, thank you! Hi. So I took a break and have been using Cerave Moisturizing Cream at night to repair and then I will do the retinol twice a week instead I was doing it 5 days in a row so I think I used to much in the beginning. I’m so glad you posted about The Ordinary Retinoid 2%! “One of my favorite OTC retinoids is Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer SPF 30. Niacinamide is a trigger for lots of people’s acne, others report Hyaluronic Acid and the Advanced Retinoid as causes for their flare ups. I guess I just need to stick with it? I also started to break out in areas that I usually don’t including nose and forehead. My skin broke out soooooo bad! As it’s been six weeks though, I’d ask your doctor if it can prescribe you benzoyl peroxide in a serum or cream form. after all it is my first time with Retinol. Try it every few nights, work your way up to every other night, and so on. Thanks for the advice, once Im more resistant to retinol, i will switch for the paulas choice serum. Both acids and retinoids do everything from resurfacing the skin to fading dark spots to softening fine lines and wrinkles. James, thanks for sharing your experience. The first retinol product I ever used was FutureDerm’s Time-Release one and I slowly built up on application frequencies. Instead, use a salicylic acid based exfoliant or moisturizer to deal with the breakout. Over-the-counter retinols are in ester forms such as retinyl palmitate, retinyl linoleate, retinaldehyde, propionic acid, or retinyl acetate. A purge is just a rapid breakout that can occur all over the face. I've used Retin-A before and hated the irritation/peeling/purging process that came with it. But if you have oily or acne-prone skin, chances are a breakout is already brewing underneath the surface of your skin. Not to mention it really has kept my wrinkles at bay. The peeling and other symptoms should disappear within a month, six weeks tops. Because they have medical grade levels of ingredients, they felt it was best to switch me over. Raquel, don’t quit! I love it and recommend it to anyone suffering from acne. My heart breaks for her but I don’t know what to do. Please guide me. If there aren’t any, you won’t have to deal with it. My skin condition is getting worse day by day. I’ve never had acne this bad. This breakout should last a month, 6 weeks tops. That PC serum is one of my favourites too. I’m broken out all over my chest, upper back and the back of my neck. But a single night of using it can inflame my entire face with tiny bumps that feel like burns. Demo Formula featuring Gransil 530, Granactive Retinoid, Gransil PSQ and Gransil SiW-066. Once the wedding passed, I went to a very strict routine of gentle cleanser in the morning and salicylic acid (2%) face wash at night, moisturizing twice a day. Does the purging always go away after a month or 2? I had 6 weeks of treatment, including Isolaz treatment as well salicylic 20% peel while using Skinceuticals .3% retinol in between treatments, I am also on antibiotics (Lymecycline) . Is there anything she can use in conjunction with the Tretinoin to help with breakouts? Any advice!!? Stop the retinol and any other ingredient that could irritate skin, including glycolic acid and vitamin C, if you’re using them. Hang in there and get yourself a bottle of salicylic acid. After I upped it to 2-3 times a week. Purging happens when there are breakouts brewing underneath your skin. I went from one or two pimples normally to severe and I mean severe acne from this, it’s so bad most people think it’s one big rash but up close you can see thousands of white heads and pumps, aswell wind burn feeling and my nose is like stiff like a weird dry. By speeding up the exfoliating process, retinol unveils it much sooner. I have some breakouts, hoping that the’purging’ period will soon come to an end. I seem to be still getting red bumps only on one side of my face which is the side the is sun damaged with pigmentations and scarring from acne 20 years ago and the other side is fairly clear and don’t seem to break out with the retinol as much. Claire, it’s hard to tell for sure, but sounds like a purge. William, so sorry to hear that. I remember it making my skin a little dry and slightly flaky, but it only lasted a few week. I use Synergie B serum in the morning with with the zinc based sunscreen. I’d consult a dermatologist to see if they can prescribe something stronger. It’s annoying as hell but totally normal. Also would I still have to deal with “purging” even though my skin is mostly clear and I only dealt with hormonal acne? If this is purging then im going to stick to the retinol but if its not I really don’t want to. Utilizing a high concentration of two next-gen retinoids (proven to be more effective than standard retinoids) this lightweight, milky-textured serum works hard to defeat the main signs of skin aging. It’ll help you get rid of the pimples too. I disagree that the whole purging proces is not a myth. I’ve already replied by email but let me know if you need anything else. Retin-A/Tretinoin – Retin-A/Tretinoin is a retinoid available by prescription only. Is Rock Retinol correxion a good cream? But i have kept using it…hopefully this is not a mistake. You’re a beautiful woman with lots of good qualities, values and skills. I started the dosage morning and night and now I hate my face. Hi Gio, I have an oily skin and my pimple has it’s own mind like this week it’s on my left cheek and next week the right cheek, I’m using neutrogena alcohol free toner and then the qiansoto goji berry facial cream and it has retinol and hyaluronic acid and organic botanicals, and it gave me some breakouts I’ve been using this for almost 2 weeks straight, so any thoughts? Claire, if the breakouts appear on areas where you usually breakout, it’s probably a purge. Just use differin! When it comes to wrinkles, it softens and smooths them by stimulating collagen production. I need some help i have bin using ratin a from 6 weeks now.it has improved acne on chicks but skin is still red and irritating but suddenly there are so many tiny bumps on my forehead and i dont know wat caused it and m worried should i continue usin ratin a on my forehead or should i stop. Monica, it really is the best. You had breakouts brewing in the deepest layers of your skin and these ingredients simply bring them to the surface earlier. Yes! I’m afraid this is my whole personality now. I’m just totally at loss and feel so ugly right now. Stacey, oh no! I have used every product out there looking for clear skin and was prescribed retin A years ago and stopped using it the first time when my skin got worse. My pores were smaller and the blackheads on my nose had disappeared. I’ve recently purchased the Paula’s Choice 1% retinol boost, so I think i’ll switch to that and see how I fare. because the hormonal comedonal acne on my forehand was severe, along with hormonal acne along my jaw line and cheeks. But I’m still on that pill and my skin is a mess again. Introducing retinoids from your late twenties onwards is a reasonable time to start adding to your skincare regime," she says. Im thinking i am putting too much retinol on my face and should dial it back to once a week because I have been using it almost every night. I’m exfoliating and wearing SPF and moisturizing. I used it for a while and it went to trash as it caused me clogged pores and acne (along with strong exfoliation). I moisturize in the am and pm. I made an appnt. My doctor put me on birth control and now after 5 months my skin is back to normal. As of late August 2017, The Ordinary's portfolio of retinoids has been extended based on valuable consumer feedback and, as part of these introductions, Advanced Retinoid 2% has been renamed to Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion to align with the new naming direction of the extended range. I’m so frustrated. If anything, it would prevent the acne. Either way, stop using it immediately and get yourself a salicylic acid exfoliant. Dalia, so sorry to hear about your situation. How long will the breakouts last? The first 2 weeks my skin was flaky and really dry but no irritation. The Ordinary products typically are either water-based or oil-based, and it's important you apply your water-based products first. If not, answer the three questions in this post to help you figure out if it’s a purge or a breakout: https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/purging-breakout-difference/. Hey, so I’m 24 and started experiencing hormonal acne this past year. What should I do now. I believe the Isolaz is supposed to bring any blemishes up to the surface and salicylic peel should rid your face of any impurities etc. (x1, x2 a week) I slowly worked up to it, diluting the retinol with moisturizer, etc..but my forehead is covered with tiny tiny bumps now and I’m scared to continue. I’m going to give it another shot now. They can serve as a reminder of how far you’ve come! At what point do you suggest that it be looked as a reaction outside of the “normal” when adding retinol and doing such a huge change in products? My skin sheds in actual, tangible layers that I can peel off myself. Usually, when you start using retinoids and acids, it is normal to experience purging. Hi, I have extremely oily skin – I have to blot continuously and my make up can look awful by the end of the day. Mild skincare: This means using gentle cleansers and moisturisers, and avoiding actives like acid exfoliants while your skin’s getting used to the retinoid. When I used it- I got 3 small pimples within the first 2 weeks or so in the places where I usually get pimples which I guess was purging. Don’t look at them but take them. Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide exfoliate skin, getting rid of the dead cells that would otherwise end up in your pores and clog them up. If it’s really bad, dermatologists can prescribe a corticosteroid cream to help your skin recover. Moderately irritating (although I didn't experience any). It has been updated throughout. I am not happy with how my skin looks right now, but it is nowhere near as bad as what some people have been describing on this and other sites. Do these tests to find out which one is it: https://www.beautifulwithbrains.com/purging-breakout-difference/. Print this formula. I think it’s gentle enough to be used daily but only after your skin has become used to it. But it can be so harsh at first. Good Morning, My daughter 15 year old daughter was recently put on Tretinoin .5% to help with her breakouts. I feel so depressed. if you’re open to switching, consider one of these: http://beautifulwithbrains.com/2016/04/18/best-retinol-products/. Her advice: Start slow and see how your skin handles it. Now I feel like I have to be all high maintenance again. I have no idea. To be safe, I initially put it over my moisturizer when I first switched. And, I have not had any big pimples since! G1351-1938.01. Limited-edition merch and shiny new sets to gift (or keep). Therefore I believe the purge is incorrect. It’s enough that I am self conscious about it, but not enough that I am embarrassed to go out of the house (as described by some above). Congratulations on trying what dermatologists universally agree to be “the most useful anti-aging ingredient around.” It also helps with acne, so good job on finding a beauty product with actual multi-uses! And stick with it. The real tragedy is the acne on my cheeks/lower jaw. This article was originally published April 1, 2019. I have gotten up to every 3 nights and move on to every 2 days next week. The Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane is a light-weight solution and absorbs into the skin efficiently, allowing for multiple serums to be applied in your regimen. I’ve definitely seen an improvement in my skin texture and pigmentation but I wonder if by now all my whiteheads and blackheads should have gone? Purging should only last a short while- estimates are anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. But a little-known side effect of retinoid is something colloquially known on internet message boards and the beauty world as the “retinoid uglies.” Known as a skin care “coming of age” phase, it’s an adjustment period (the timing is different for everyone) when your skin “purges,” often resulting in excessively red skin and peeling. Ghasal, I do like Medik8 products a lot and have used their retinol serums without problems. From all the comments above, it is evident that the 10% is too harsh for my skin as a beginner. Much like puberty, the “retinoid uglies” feel different for everyone. Retinol doesn’t break out, but this silicone-heavy cream by SkinCeuticals definitely does. It has a different form of retinoid (the same family as retinol) that helps with acne. It’s so bad I definitely can’t go out in public. Give it a month and see if it gets better. If you’re not comfortable with tretinoin, you can start with a small concentration of retinol to give your skin time to get used to vitamin A (tretinoin is a higher strength of retinol) and see how it goes. They also had me do a complete overhaul of skin care products. My skin got smoother but my pimples just keeps on popping out literally anywhere. Thanks! I now feel the need to wear mineral makeup every day to cover the acne. Currently I’m using the Dr. Dennis Gross retinol and ferulic acid serum. I switched to Murad, drunk elephant and a few others from Sephora. Try using a salicylic acid exfoliant every morning and night right after cleansing. The best is yet to come, unless you’re having an allergic reaction. It’ll help the breakouts go away faster. Hello Gio, i have been using the Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion for about 1 week, is it normal to have acnes the first time you used a retinoid? Unfortunately, my normal skin is now extremely dry. 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