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nattyskinfan

Oily/Sensitive

29 September, 2022

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How many nights of each?

I have retinol, gentle exfoliation, and barrier repair nighttime routines, but haven’t been able to figure out how often to do each. My goals are to keep my skin clear and alleviate the clogged pores I have. I’m supposed to use 15% azelaic acid nightly for my rosacea, too, which my skin tolerates well in all routines (and seems to help my acne too). Considering all this, how many nights a week do you think I should do each routine?
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Dewyfication

Dry/Sensitive

29 September, 2022

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of content related to “Skin Cycling”, and this is how it goes: 1 night: Exfoliation 2 night: Retinol 3-4 night: barrier repair. Then you repeat it all over. IMO this works wonders, but every skin is different, so you should be careful and keep an eye on your skin in case you see irritation.
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nattyskinfan

Oily/Sensitive

29 September, 2022

Sounds great! Thank you 💕
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devydshop

Dry/Resilient

29 September, 2022

you should try this
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Over40Perspectives

Oily/Resilient

29 September, 2022

The problem with this as it is not a Dermatological recommendation for retinol usage. Which is to start of by skipping 1-2 days between retinol applications. This also doesn't necessarily apply to those with active acne or acne prone skin. But, for those with so called normal skin, without issues, it may be a good fit.
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wonderwoman72

Dry/Resilient

29 September, 2022

I would use the exfoliant 1-2 times a week since you have rosacea. The retinol, I would introduce slowly in the evening twice a week and if there’s no irritation, increase to three times the following week and so on. Be sure to wear sunscreen during the day as it will make your skin more sun sensitive! Azelaic Acid actually can be combined with retinol (they play well together) but because of your skin issues, I would use it on the evenings your not using retinol to avoid irritation. I’m not sure what the barrier repair product is but you should include something that has ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids to help repair the skin barrier plus it will help with any irritation from the retinol. I hope this helps! ❤️❤️
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Lingua

Oily/Resilient

30 September, 2022

great information!thank you
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Yourskintellectual

Oily/Resilient

29 September, 2022

I would use a barrier repair moisturiser and azelaic acid every night. Retinol a few times a week, depending on how well your skin has been adjusted to it. You can always start with once a week and increase the frequency depending on your skin's tolerance. Gentle exfoliation can be used in the morning if it's e.g. SA less than 1%, just make sure you wear sunscreen. Start slow and see how your skin behaves - we all have different tolerance levels for actives 🤗
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susanH

Dry/Resilient

29 September, 2022

I do exfoliation in the morning. Lactic acid is one of the least sensitizing and can also work as a bit of a humectant so that one works well in the morning. I do retinol pretty much every day so I don't really cycle I just add my cerimides, pro and pre biotic, and peptides into my daily routines
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musthikaaa

Oily/Resilient

29 September, 2022

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Eucalara

Oily/Sensitive

29 September, 2022

worth a try, skin cycling. 1. exfoliate 2. retinol 3-4. repair then repeat
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daniatongol

Oily/Resilient

29 September, 2022

any recos for skin barrier
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Over40Perspectives

Oily/Resilient

29 September, 2022

Dermatologists recommend 1-2 days betw applications for new users; best to air on the side of caution. Remember the strength you start with will affect your results too. Also, be particularly careful with the under eye and neck areas. The skin there is much thinner and has a much lower threshold. Be mindful that this is a "PEA SIZE" amount product. Do not use this as a spot treatment if you have acne either. You will lose its all over benefits that way. And of course SPF and moisturizing are both givens. Best of luck to you!
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mmaddux25

Oily/Resilient

29 September, 2022

following
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Eucalara

Oily/Sensitive

29 September, 2022

once every night for each routine, but the repair days are twice. (two consecutive days)
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