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The ordinary retinol 1% advice please

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neveradullmoment99 Fri 24-Mar-17 09:41:43

So have started to use this product. Used it twice [2 consecutive nights] and although it felt fine to begin with, now my face feels a bit sensitive and dry and is peeling a little bit.

So how should it be used? I have read that stopping and starting is no use as it just means going through this whole process of dryness, sensitivity and peeling again. So how do i do this gradually to minimize irritation?

If you use have you gone about it?


Judydreamsofhorses Fri 24-Mar-17 12:05:15

No real advice, but I actually stopped using this product as it made my skin really scabby. I'd previously used a LRP one with no issues, so I think it just didn't agree with me at all.

JDSTER Fri 24-Mar-17 12:42:21

You definitely shouldn't be using this every night initially. Use one night then leave two between before using again. You need to gradually build up usage. You could add in a hydrating serum to your routine to counteract the dryness if you're not using one already. Also really important to use a daily SPF. I'm using TO retinoid 2% as it's less irritating. Are you using it for anti ageing?

Dulcimena Fri 24-Mar-17 12:49:24

As JD says, the general advice is to use less product than you think you need, start at twice a week, and build up usage slowly (in frequency not the amount you use each time).

You can also buffer it by applying over a lightweight serum to protect your skin, I would use a moisturiser on top of the retinol product to address dryness, definitely use a moisturiser and separate decent SPF in the day, and if it all gets too much, be prepared to ditch it. It's a potent ingredient and just isn't suitable for everyone.

neveradullmoment99 Fri 24-Mar-17 13:30:05

Yes, thought i would use if for my neck as it looks crap but thought i would try on my face too. Intend to stop using it for a few days and then will apply with a moisturiser when my skin settles a little. I was only ever going to use it every few days so about twice a week but i think two nights in a trot as been too much for me. Need to do less is more right now. Thanks.
I read that you can actually mix it with a moisturiser so you are kind of diluting it. Will try that and build up gradually.

Dulcimena Fri 24-Mar-17 13:48:06

never yes, buffering is effectively diluting it. Apply serum/moisturiser, then apply the retinol on top. A bit less faff than mixing the two and should create a slight barrier between your skin and the active.

"Less is more" is the key phrase with any retinoid tbh. Good luck.

lindyloo57 Sun 26-Mar-17 18:06:38

Hi, i have the same problem when i first started using it, like you i put it on two nights in a row. Now i do 1% one night with a serum over top, the 2% which is weaker the next with serum, and then the next night the vit c also from the ordinary, still getting peeling but hoping it will go soon.

neveradullmoment99 Sun 26-Mar-17 18:48:51

Well my skin was at its worst over the last couple of days. All has settled now. It was so dry. I had to put nivea on my face and vaseline on my eyes as they felt literally like sandpaper.
I am a bit hesitant to put it on again tonight. Should i give it a couple of days now or should i just continue with it, putting moisturiser over the top of it? My skin feels much better but i dont want to go to work looking like a lizard!!!

lindyloo57 Sun 26-Mar-17 19:21:54

i would give it a couple of days, some people can only use it once a week for a time then work up to twice a week, my chest [ it has happened twice now after putting to much on too soon] was very sore and itchy i had to not put anything on there only vaseline for 3 to 4 days.
its round my eyes i seem to have some peeling and don't even put the cream there.

Kennington Sun 26-Mar-17 20:09:07

Hi never I have been using the 2% and added use with grape seed oil to dilute and it is fine.
I don't want to use it now because i don't wear SPF much so if you want to pm me I would be happy to post it (on Tuesday).

neveradullmoment99 Sun 26-Mar-17 20:19:12

Thanks very much Kennington but i really feel the 1% is enough for me to be getting used to. That was very kind of you though. Maybe someone else might like to have it but thanks again smile

lindyloo57 Sun 26-Mar-17 21:03:02

Hi never, if the 2% is from the ordinary that kennington is talking about its weaker than the 1%, i think is because its mixed with something its not as pure, if you go to the web site it tells you all about it. it do say its best to start with the 2%.

DameDeDoubtance Sun 26-Mar-17 21:08:09

The 1% is old school retinal, the 2% is their own formulation and much kinder to the skin, I would ditch the 1 and go for the 2.

dibly Sun 26-Mar-17 22:55:33

I keep reading about this stuff, but not sure what it actually does? Mid 40s with very dehydrated skin so very wary, any advice please? (Sorry to gatecrash OP)

Ollivander84 Mon 27-Mar-17 00:05:50

Effectively it's one of the only things that's proven to help with signs of ageing
It's a type of vitamin a
Can help with fine lines, wrinkles, acne. Often makes skin a bit flaky at first
Don't plaster it on, small amounts and start with using maybe every third night. Goes on dry skin after cleansing at night and use moisturiser after. Must use SPF during the day

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