The experiment continues! This update has been long time coming. Let’s see what progress has been made, shall we?
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Hey, this update is almost 6 months late! What happened to the 3-month update?
Did I mention that life happened? I finally got a new job after 6 months of being unemployed. I was trying to readjust my sleeping schedule to get used to being back in the 9-to-5 crowd, but couldn’t seem to get into the swing of life again. It turns out I was also dealing with some major low energy issues that sapped me of any will or desire to do anything beyond the absolutely necessary.
As a result, I didn’t write any blog posts, didn’t post much on Facebook or Instagram, didn’t practice Bellydancing, didn’t really put on makeup much. I just didn’t have the energy to do ANYTHING.
I seem to be getting the low energy issue under control now, and am feeling more like myself again. But enough about all that stuff. You want answers!
First up, changes in how I applied Differin.
When I restarted this experiment, I decided to jump in with both feet. I applied over-the-counter (OTC) strength Differin (almost) every morning. I say almost, because I’m not perfect. Some days, I don’t wash my face. Those are usually also the days I’m not going anywhere, so I don’t put on real clothes or brush my hair either.
Even though I was using Differin everyday instead of every other day, I did not experience an initial breakout like I did when I originally started this experiment.
Recently, I was on the Differin website and was reading about proper application. I have since changed up when I apply Differin. For the last few weeks I have been applying Differin after I wash my face at night. If I am not running too late for my weeknight bedtime, I try to give the Differin about 30 minutes to work its magic on my face and neck before moving on to the rest of my skin care.
Second, what am I using in addition to Differin?
I am still dermaplaning my face once every week or two. Although, if I am dermaplaning, I won’t use Differin that night. The reason is that dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation, and Differin causes some chemical exfoliation, and the two together can be too much exfoliation in one sitting.
I also use acids in conjunction with Differin, but I try not to use both on the same night. Acids are a form of chemical exfoliation, just like Differin, and I’m trying not to over exfoliate. If your skin is not sensitive, you can use AHA’s (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) and BHA’s (Beta-Hydroxy Acids) in conjunction with OTC-strength Differin, although I would recommend using the acids and Differin on different days.
I prefer to use AHA’s at night to give them more time to work. So once or twice a week I may use a serum or mask with AHA’s in it. I use a hydrating toner with BHA in it every day, twice a day, to no ill effect. Despite being quite fair, my skin is not sensitive and tolerates most treatments well.
I also make sure to use a moisturizer with ceramides at night. Plain old CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is a good choice. It’s too heavy for me for day time use, but it’s nice for nighttime.
In the mornings, I will either wash my face with a low-pH foaming cleanser, or use cotton pads and micellar water to freshen my skin. Next is a hydrating toner, then my BHA toner. I might put on a serum or two. Then a light moisturizer followed by sunscreen. (Always remember to put on your sunscreen!)
I would like to tell you that after 6 months I can see a big difference in my skin and my wrinkles and pores are becoming non-existent. However, that is not the case.
I think that there is some minor improvement in my lines and wrinkles with OTC-strength Differin. I feel like Differin helps to keep my pores clean so they look slightly smaller. Even in my mid-40’s, I do still get small breakouts. Differin helps to keep my skin pimple-free, so using Differin is definitely not a waste of time or money for me because I do get an immediate benefit.
Using OTC-strength Differin for wrinkles is a long-term commitment. This is not a quick fix. If you’re looking for something that is going to make a big difference in the texture of your skin in a short amount of time, this is not it. There are probably more effective products you can use for this purpose and get more immediate results.
Yeah, but is Differin worth it?
If, like me, you’re a grown-ass woman who still gets breakouts from time to time, OTC strength Differin is definitely worth your time and money. If you use it consistently and long-term, you may experience some wrinkle reducing benefits as well.
I am going to keep this skin experiment going. I will try to put up another update in about 3 to 6 months.