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Caliie

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Questions about retinol ✨

Hi friends ! So I'm doing it,  I'm going to start retinol ! I read a lot about it and know the basics. I'm going to start once a week with the sandwich method. But before I have tons of question ☝️ Are you ready ? Here we go : - I use BHA 3x/week should I stop for a while ? -should I also stop my vitamin C serum for a while too ? Haha - I have redness around my cheeks other than the sandwich method what do you do to minimise the damage ? -I got the 0.3% retinol from good molecule. But I have hormonal acne and I'm terrified of purging (especially since it's holiday season) should I run get a lower dose instead ? (Recommendation welcome) I'm 26- oily-combination skin- sensible-redness-hormonal acne (the whole package 🤪) Thank you so muuuch
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theartofskincarett

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No need to stop your BHA Use Vitamin C in the AM, Retinol and BHA in the PM…no need to stop Vitamin C either Start slowly…once a week for 2 weeks, twice a week for 2 weeks and eventually increase to 3x a week based on how your skin tolerates I’d avoid gel and lightweight moisturizers, use cream moisturizers to reduce retinization Purging is part of the journey…hang in there because it’s all worth it in the end. it’s a necessary evil but does not always occur
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Caliie

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taking notes 📝 thank you for the encouragement, much needed !! 😊 Do you think this Iunik moisturiser is too lightweight ? I wanted to pair it with the soonjung one for the sandwich method but I'm having doubt now :p
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nattyskinfan

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Sounds like you’ve done your homework! 😜 The Good Molecules 0.3% is a good starting strength - hopefully mild and enough where you won’t experience purging or irritation. When I started retinol (The Ordinary’s 0.5% retinol in squalane) I kept the rest of my routine the same and just added retinol in slowly, starting with once a week then twice and three times. My skin loved retinol from the start, even with combo skin, hormonal acne, and redness - hoping yours does too!
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Caliie

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That's encouraging ! I guess I'll try slowly with the 0.3% and pray for no purging 🤞🤞🤞
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🥰🤔🤔🤔
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