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SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 Update & Progress

So I’ve been using the SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 for three weeks. I have seen much difference, however, I have decided to stop using it… at least for the summer.

I have never used any form of Retinol before and this post will be about what I’ve learned so far. Check out my previous post for more information about product itself.

Dosage

1 time per week, two pumps

First week

I didn’t see any difference during the first week. I wasn’t red and I wasn’t peeling. However, it seemed as if my wounds were healing much quicker than usually. But that might also be the result of me not trying to touch my face during the treatment. I didn’t use any sunscreen which I know, is really bad, especially now when the sun is coming out. But since I didn’t have any reaction I didn’t bother getting one.

Second week

Two weeks later I started to peal a lot. Extreme amounts. I was neither sore or red. It was difficult to put on my bareMinerals original foundation simply because it didn’t stay on as good as it usually does. I still wasn’t using any sunscreen and this time I got burned when staying out in the sun for approximately two hours (I do not usually get burned). I got a nice tan but I lost it quite quickly because of the continuous peeling. I decided to buy sunscreen with SPF 50+ from a local pharmacy, Eucerin Sun Fluid Face Mattifying SPF 50, this one will be reviewed in my next post so stay tuned!

Third week

I was hoping that the peeling would stop during the third week but it did not. I suspect it’s because of my suntanning habit. Since I’m planing to stay out in the sun a lot this summer I have decided to stop using the SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 simply because I don’t want to my skin flaking every single day. I don’t have the patience to keep on going and hoping for the peeling to stop on its own.

Overall result after three weeks of treatment

  • Skin is healing much quicker than before
  • My scars have become less apparent
  • Breakouts have reduced dramatically

What happened when I stopped using SkinMedica Retinol Complex after three weeks?

I took my dosages every week on Wednesdays, the fourth week I decided to skip the Retinol treatment and already on Thursday I noticed new breakouts on forehead.  In my case I do believe that I could achieve flawless skin with the SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 treatment, however, I have to use it continuously and this might not be ideal during summer especially since I love being outside a lot. I will continue using SkinMedica Retinol Complex 0.5 in September/October and follow up with updates.

Have you had any experience with Retinol products in the summer? Please share if you have.

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