It’s that time again! I finished off another bottle of my Curology anti-aging prescription and am back with an update. Just a quick one this time. No B&As, as I think results are easier to see with a longer wait in between, but definitely some progress to report!
My Current Curology Anti-Aging Prescription
My fourth shipment of Curology marks the first time since I signed up that I haven’t pushed for a stronger prescription. I’ve chosen to stick with the 0.05% tretinoin/4% azelaic acid/4% niacinamide combo that I started with my third bottle.
I decided not to push for a stronger prescription primarily because I don’t think my skin is ready for a higher concentration of tretinoin yet. Although facial oils and daily variations on my basic dry skin routine continue to keep my tretface flake-free and I haven’t suffered any of the peeling that tretinoin is notorious for causing, I have noticed a much greater tendency toward dryness since starting my 0.05% prescription. My skin can suck down every toner, hydrator, essence, serum, and ampoule in my skincare wardrobe in a flash and still be receptive to more. I use heavy creams on most days and layer a sleeping pack over my moisturizer every night. And I double mask almost nightly, sometimes after having used a sheet mask in the morning. Tretinoin has turned my skin into a thirsty, thirsty beast. I have a feeling that increasing the concentration right now would be too much for my skin to handle.
Increasing the concentration doesn’t seem necessary anyway, since I don’t think I’ve reached the full potential of my current prescription. I’m still seeing a slow and steady smoothing away of the fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes. The sunspots on my cheekbones are getting softer and lighter, their fading accelerated now by the azelaic acid I’m using. And something else has happened, something that took me totally by surprise.
For the longest time, I’ve had a trio of little dots high up on my right cheek, close to my eye. The smooth and slightly raised pink dots were tiny burn scars, acquired through my terrible habit of getting too close to sizzling pans of bacon. They annoyed me sometimes because the scar tissue wouldn’t take makeup, but for the most part I hardly noticed them anymore.
Then one day a few weeks ago, I was squinting closely at my face in the mirror (either plucking my eyebrows or checking up on my mustache growth, something to do with unwanted facial hair) and noticed that the little scars were totally gone.
Gone. Poof. Vanished without a trace, as if they’d never been there in the first place. Nothing where they were but smooth, even skin just like the skin around it. Skin that takes makeup just like the rest of my face.
I expect a lot out of long-term tretinoin use, but I hadn’t expected it to totally crush those scars. Amazing. That kind of improvement keeps me motivated to use my prescription, which I have been doing every single night for the past several months.
If you’re interested in giving Curology a shot, you can get your first month for free by using a referral link like this one to sign up! And if you want to see even more long-term results first, keep watching this blog. I’ll be back with progress pics and another update when I start my next bottle.
Do you use any over-the-counter or prescription-strength retinoids? How has your experience been so far?