I get 3 sessions of IPL treatment roughly every 3-5 years to give my skin the freshest possible slate, and I had my last session about 2 weeks ago. My “downtime” had been non-existent.

I’ve been using Retin-A for roughly 2 months now and just like I expected, there hasn’t been any side effects at all. My skin is naturally quite resilient so I haven’t had any peeling, redness, or sensitivity that people often experience.

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HERA White Program Cleansing Foam: I found a few mini tubes tucked away in one my storage boxes so I’ve been keen to use them up before they expire.

Paul & Joe Beaute The Oil: I add 1–2 drops of it to the watery lotion

Paul & Joe Beaute Herbal Lotion

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster

Curel Intensive Moisture Cream

JMsolution Glow Luminous Flower Sun Milk Rose SPF50+ PA++++: Love its texture and finish, and it makes skin look smoother and brighter. It is, however, heavily fragranced.

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MUJI Mild Gel Cleansing

HERA White Program Cleansing Foam

Paul & Joe Beaute The Oil: I mix 1–2 drops of it to the watery lotion.

Paul & Joe Beaute Herbal Lotion

Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster (on nights I’m not using Retin-A)

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (only when I’m using Retin-A): For my skin, niacinamide doesn’t do much, at least I can’t see a difference when I use it versus when I don’t use. Maybe I just haven’t tried the right product for my skin, because the results from various research papers indicate (and there is plenty of high quality evidence) that niacinamide can help the skin in various wonderful ways. Since niacinamide has been shown to minimise tretinoin’s irritating effects (the study here) when applied first, that is what I do.

Retin-A 0.025% Gel (every other night): I have a prescription of it and I bought this directly from the pharmacy.

Azclear Action 20% Azelaic Acid Medicated Lotion (on nights I’m not using Retin-A): I had been very curious to see whether my own skin can benefit from azelaic acid after reading a lot about it. My friend picked up 2 tubes for me in Australia. It’s available there at any pharmacy without a prescription for about AU$10. A lot of people say this pills when layered over or under other products, but I haven’t experienced any issues with it at all.

Curel Intensive Moisture Cream

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