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It’s that time again! The time where I put makeup-free photos of myself on the internet for the world to see. I’ll be honest, I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I’m pretty attached to the makeup that makes my skin look smooth and even and covers up any imperfections. Putting makeup-free photos up is not my favorite thing. The things I do for you all!

So, a little Retin A update for you guys:

I’ve been using Retin A for close to two months now. I think that it’s enough time to check in and share what I think thus far, though not enough time to be conclusive about my opinions on Retin A. I’ll be back in a couple months with another update sharing more of my thoughts.

To those of you who weighed in at the beginning and on Instagram telling me to stick it out through the horrible dry, scaly, flaky skin phase: Thank you! I wouldn’t have been able to stick with it if it wasn’t for your encouragement telling me it was totally normal to have my skin react horribly at first. I started off using Retin A every other day at night before bed. To this day, I still am only using it every other day because my skin gets too dry if I use it every day, despite my best efforts at moisturizing to combat the dryness.

People weren’t joking when they said that their skin got miserably dry and raw. I had severe dryness around my mouth which resulted in peeling skin, raw skin and even some scabs later on. Totally horrible. At one point when my skin looked particularly bad, Joe asked me, “Are you going to take a picture of that for you blog readers?” Ha! Gotta love my husband for keeping me honest. But I couldn’t bring myself to take a photo. I also noticed a lot of additional small breakouts during this time, which I’ve been told is part of the “purging” process while on Retin A.

However, after the initial month and a half of dry skin and flakiness, things really started to turn around! My skin started to soften and become smoother, my complexion started to clear up and I became really pleased with Retin A. I don’t think my skin has ever felt this smooth, which I’m totally crediting to it. You may notice that I still have some uneveness in the photo above. Those are not new acne marks, but spots that have started to fade and go away. I would guess that within the next couple weeks, things should be completely clear, which is exciting!   

Right now, I am very pleased with the progress my skin is making. I can’t really speak to the impact that Retin A has on fine lines yet. I have a few fine lines on my face, but I think that Retin A takes a while to show results on those areas, from what I’ve been told.

So I think that is it! And since we are talking beauty products, does anyone want to share what products they have been loving lately? I’m in need of a new mascara, eye shaddow and lipstick in the near future!

Madison

Related: Retin A: My first post

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  • NS

    Do you credit your now eating fish to the improved skin? Omega-3s are GREAT for skin!

    • MadisonMayberry

      That could certainly be a contributing factor, too! I should have given it a little shout-out as well.. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarahmooms Sarah Vetter

    So glad you found something that’s helping your skin! You look great, even without makeup! I’m loving Mary Kay’s ultimate mascara and chocolate kiss eyeshadow. Infact I love the products so much I became a consultant about 8 months ago. I’d love to send you some free samples if you’d like to try any beauty or skin care before you purchase anything new. http://www.marykay.com/svetter

    • MadisonMayberry

      Sarah, thanks so much! I haven’t used Mary Kay in over a decade, but I know some people who use it and just rave about it! I would love to review some of the samples. Shoot me an e-mail (madisonjanemayberry@gmail.com) and we can chat.

      M

  • Jenn Mietla

    I’m so glad the Retin A is helping! I definitely noticed my skin become smoother when I started using retinol (non-prescription derivative of Retin A) even though it had already improved greatly when I started using good quality skincare. As far as makeup goes, I’m absolutely loving the Signature Eyes Volume Mascara by Artistry. It’s awesome! My husband has even given me compliments on my eye makeup when I use it :)

    • MadisonMayberry

      Thanks, Jenn! I haven’t heard of the Artistry brand before so I’ll have to give it a look. You know it has to be good when your hubby comments on makeup. At least that is what I’ve found!

  • Michellanne Deutsch

    I used to take Acutane, which had similar effects on my skin as Retin A. The first couple months really were horrible, but, after that, I had the best skin of my life in high school. My current favorite make-ups picks are: Chanel waterproof mascara and NARS eyeshadow duos. And Clinique lipsticks are awesome.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Michellanne, that is exactly what my experience was with Retin A – very similar to Acutane! I’m really excited to see how things progress now that I’m getting through the worst of it! :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/a.mccormick.25 Anne McCormick

    Love to read about your experience with Retin A. One of my friends uses it and has the most beautiful glow-y skin. I really like Voluminous Mascara and H.I.P. eye shadow both from L’Oreal. Both are department store quality at a drugstore price.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Thanks, Anne! I’m hoping I get some of that glow, too. Not glowing quite yet over here. :) And thanks for the makeup recommendations. I love great drugstore finds!

  • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

    You look great, even makeup-less. I’m so glad to hear the Retin-A is working out for you. I had a good experience with it, back in my high school/college days. I’m afraid I don’t have any good recommendations for mascara, eyeshadow or lipsticks. These days, putting on makeup takes too much effort (not really a good excuse…ha) so I’ll be reading through the comments to get some suggestions as well.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Goodness, you are too kind. I think you deserve to treat yourself with a little pre-baby makeup. :) Or maybe just a pedicure?

      • http://livefaithfully.blogspot.com/ Urban Wife

        Oh yes, I’ve got a pedi on the calendar for next week! :)

  • http://twitter.com/justacouplemore Maggie

    I am 100% in love with Lancome’s Rouge in Love lipsticks. I wanted a nice summer color and I ended up getting one as a summer color (322) and one that I tried on trying to find my summer color as a winter color (353). I also recently started using Yves Saint Laurent
    MASCARA VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS Waterproof Luxurious Mascara and it’s hands down the best waterproof mascara I’ve ever used.

    • MadisonMayberry

      Thanks for the recommendations, Maggie! I REALLY struggle to find lipstick that I like and that looks good on me, so I’ll have to give it a try!

  • jamie

    so, it’s not makeup, but i recently started using cerave pm lotion and i love it–lightweight, but very moisturizing.

    thanks for the retin a updates! i’m trying to get up the courage to try the tube of it i have languishing in my cabinet!