My skin is very reactive.
With reactive skin, figuring out what not to use is as important as what to use. Could you share your current routine - what skincare products do you use?
Hi, I use Garnier Miceller Water AM & PM. Then Revolution Hyaluronic acid Toner AM & PM.
Day time moisturising varies, normally a tinted moisturiser with an oil on top. Varies from day to day, and to be honest, whatever I am using up at the time.
Evening I use Dermatica prescribed cream, which is 0.1% Tretinion, and Azelic Acid. Then I put an Garnier Night Cream on.
I have been using the Dermatica for 16 months.
My face recently is sore, sometimes red, and dehydrated.
I would recommend you to pause tretinoin for a couple of days until your face is no longer sore and gets red easily.
No need to use micellar water in the morning, just a splash with normal water is ok to refresh. When using micellar water n the evening, make sure to rinse it off with water no matter what the product instructions say.
It is probably a good idea to change your moisturizer to something that is fragrance free and ideally with ceramides & niacinamide (any Cerave moisturizer will do, and there are many similar ones).
Are you using a sunscreen daily?
I’d also recommend avoid experimenting with products - stick to a simple routine, use sunscreen and don’t let your skin get to the point of irritation (it is actually undoing the good stuff that actives like tretinoin are doing. Irritation = inflammation, and inflammation speeds up aging 😭)
*typo: I meant pausing tretinoin until your skin isn’t red any more
Thank you! Is there anything else I need in my skin care ie vit c, peptides etc. There is so much to remember! I would like to optimise my anti ageing!
A moisturizer with peptides would be a good choice - they are not irritating, support skin barrier and can help with anti-aging 👍. I would wait before introducing vitamin C for a couple of months - I think it's important that you restore your skin barrier fully, and your skin gets comfortable with the tretinoin again. Whatever benefits actives provide, inflammation in a sensitized can cancel them out fully, so I'd go slow and cautious. The good news is that the combo of sunscreen + tretinoin is the most powerful anti-aging weapon there is, everything else is "a nice to have"
Thank you very much for all your advise!