Love this woman and her endless skin knowledge! PS: that’s my skin on the top left corner 2 weeks into using ZO Skin Health.
This post is for all of my skin care patients, all patients using @zoskinhealth
, and anyone on a form of vitamin A // please pay attention //
If you are on a retinol or tretinoin ((zo skin health products with vitamin A consist of Wrinkle + Texture Repair, Retinol Skin Brightener, Refissa, Tretinoin)), for the first SIX weeks you will experience varying degrees of redness, flaking, peeling, burning, itching, irritation, and/or a purge of acne (all shown in my patients above). It is hard to wear makeup. All of these are possible and EXPECTED for about six weeks, or longer depending on the extent of damage and repair that needs to take place.
Why are you experiencing this? This means that your skin is repairing itself and you are one step closer to healthy skin. If you want to change your skin (acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, roughness, laxity, dullness, large pores) you need to go through this uncomfortable period.
Why six weeks? It takes at least one skin cycle for new cells to be born at the lowest layer of the epidermis, rise to the to, while the old dead skin cells are sloughing off. You may experience a purge of acne becauses the skin is exfoliating at a faster rate than normal and dead skin cells get trapped.
THIS IS ALL NORMAL. Dr Obagi calls these anticipated reactions bc we anticipate them to happen, they are EXPECTED!!! EMBRACE THE PEEL, RESULTS WILL FOLLOW! Note: stopping and starting the retinol will only lengthen the duration of the anticipated reactions, so POWER THROUGH and they will pass faster! Use Hydratint Creme or Restoracalm to soothe and calm the skin during this period.
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