No, not that kind.
Even though I’m really happy with the results of my skincare routine as far as smoothing out some fine lines and preserving what I’ve got, the uphill battle is getting steeper and steeper as time marches on. To say I wasn’t diligent about sunscreen when I was younger would be an understatement as huge as me saying “I kind of like sheet masks.” I’m working against over a decade of deep UV damage, which causes the premature breakdown of collagen and other fun things.
And that’s why I finally bit the bullet and decide to take advantage of PocketDerm’s one month free trial (referral link).
PocketDerm is an innovative teledermatology service that provides online dermatologist consultations with a very affordable ($19.95 each month for anti-acne or $49.95 every three months for anti-aging) custom-blended prescription topical medication that’s whipped up to fit each patient’s needs. My first month’s prescription will deliver 5% Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) vitamin C, 4% niacinamide, and 0.012% tretinoin (my first prescription retinoid, so pray for me please) and is targeted at fading dark spots, improving my skin texture and firmness, and smoothing out and preventing fine lines and wrinkles. After I use it for a while, my provider and I will reassess to see if I want to continue with that combination or experiment with something different.
I finished my registration and uploaded my photos over the weekend. My PocketDerm doctor got in touch with me yesterday with her assessment of my skin. My prescription shipped later the same day, and because I live about 45 minutes away from PocketDerm HQ, it’s already on the mail carrier’s truck and scheduled for delivery to me today!
On the one hand, I’m really excited about this. I’ve heard great things about PocketDerm’s service and product, and I’m really stoked to see how much a prescription can accelerate the skin improvements I’ve been getting. On the other hand, man, I’ve heard some pretty scary stories about the dryness, irritation, flaking, peeling, and purging that can accompany the first few weeks on prescription retinoids. I’ve laid in a good supply of hydrating, moisturizing, and soothing sheet masks. I’ve also made my peace with dropping my acids from my routine for a while. But like I said, pray for me.
Have you tried PocketDerm? If so, what did you think?