I don't want to be a flake!
February 23, 2012 6:15 AM Subscribe
Is my skin flaking because I am overexfoliating or because it is still adjusting to the chemical exfoliants?
posted by teragram to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
How long should I use a new salicylic acid, AHA, and retinol routine before deciding that the flaking is not my skin adjusting but too much exfoliating for my face? A week, a month, any ideas? I have a bit of flaking around my eyes and on my cheeks and chin and not sure whether I should dial it back or persist for a bit. Second, any general advice to keep (minimal) pimples at bay and keep my skin smooth and looking fresh? I know skin is idiosyncratic but still wondering what worked for you.
Been doing the chemical exfoliant thing for about two weeks.
My evening routine:
* if needed, remove makeup with Target's take on Neutrogena makeup remover clothes
* wash with Cetaphil + clean washcloth
* treat with Neutrogrena 3-in-1 acne wash (2% salicylic acid) [newly added]
* moisturize with Neutrogena night moisturizer (w retinol) [new, used to use moisturizer w/o retinol]
* twice a week I substitute Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir, an AHA treatment, for the salicylic acid [new]
* wash with Cetaphil
* moisturize with Cetaphil SPF 15 (will use something else when it runs out, it irritates the skin around my eyes. maybe will replace sooner).
I used to use the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff eye roller, just as a more gentle moisturizer for the eye area, but I think I need to replace it, I think I got some AHA or salicylic acid on the roller and now it is irritating. Thinking I could replace or sometimes substitute the 2% salicylic acid with Clinique's mild clarifying lotion (0.5%) but haven't done that.
The motivation for all of this is that I am getting married in early June, so I know I shouldn't fuss too much right now. I have been spending a fair bit of time titrating makeup to figure out what will work, and it occurred to me I should probably pay a little more attention to my skin itself. FWIW, I have combination (I think?) skin which frequently has a pimple or two but nothing severe, and has more blackheads/larger pores than I would prefer but also fine. I am a white female, aged 26. Some fine lines around my eyes but also not severe. I am not looking for a fountain of youth, just looking for nice skin at any age. Thanks!