When starting a retinoid regimen, it is important to keep realistic expectations of the results you are trying to achieve. Though side effects occur in about 20% of Green Cream users, it is important that you understand that it is a normal reaction. Most people can work through any issues with a little management. Having a side effect is proof that the product is working for them. For those who don't have side effects, it simply means that your skin is more adaptable to a retinoid. Retinoids work differently for everyone and it's important that you recognize what is happening to your and skin and work through potential problem areas. Patience is a virtue when using a retinoid.
||Skin will feel tight and may sting (like sunburn). In severe cases, skin may appear red and swollen.
||Reduce the number of applications of Green Cream or suspend use until skin normalizes. A mild moisturizer may ease irritation. In severe cases, hydrocortisone may be needed for a short time.
|Flaking and Shedding
||Because retinoids exfoliate the outer skin levels, it is natural that skin may flake or shed. Flaking tends to occur more often in early stages of acclimating to retinoid regimen.
||Frequent use of a moisurizer will sellte down most flaking. A mild exfoiant in the morning may remove most flaking. Adding more application of Green Cream may be helpful as long as you are not irritating your skin.
|Dry, Uneven Skin
||At times it may be difficult to distinguish between dry skin and impending irritation. some experience a symptom called "crepey eye". The skin under the eyes can have a thin wrinkled paper texture.
||To alleviate dry skin, you'll want to frequently apply a moisturizer. After using Green Cream for a time, your skin will need less moisturizing. You may want to suspend use in the eye area while skin normalizes, then slowly resume use until the skin acclimates.
|Breakouts and Blemishes
||As early retinol use shrinks pores, users may experience more breakouts. This is not a reaction to the product, but a normal "purging" process that eliminates impurities from the pores.
||As long as skin is not irritated, it is best to "power through the purge" by applying more of the retinoid as often as possible. A salicyclic acid can also be helpful.