Advanced: Retinoids on Steroids

This is an advanced routine, and should not be attempted without a well-tested basic routine.This routine builds on the Borderline-Too-Complex Exfoliation routine, and includes a retinoid (Vit A) step, covering ingredients such as retinol, adapalene, and tretinoin. Retinoids may treat acne, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. Retinoids increase photo-sensitivity, so it is necessary to include a sunscreen (which you already have, don't you?). VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTION FOR PRESCRIPTION RETINOIDS: DO NOT USE WHEN PREGNANT. MAY INCREASE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. Topical retinoids carry a lower risk than oral retinoids, but should still be avoided. Frequency is set to once a week, increase frequency as required.

AM

1.
Splash with water
2.
Light Moisturizer
3.
Vitamin C Serums
4.
Until dry
5.
Sun protection, at least SPF30 if mostly indoors, at least SPF50 if mostly outdoors. Avoid sprays.

PM

1.
Oil-based cleanser, for makeup and UV protection
2.
Water-based cleanser, for bacterial and residual impurities
3.
Physical exfoliators (scrubs/sponges/cloths/tools) Sun
4.
BHA Acids (Salicylic), for blackheads and oil plugs Mon/Fri
5.
AHA Acids (Glycolic/Lactic/Malic/Citric) Tue/Thu
6.
Retinoids (Retinol/Adapalene/Tretinoin) Wed
7.
Let skin absorb active ingredients Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri
8.
Light moisturizer
9.
Heavy moisturizer, if needed

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