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My Eyes After Tretinoin

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Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Junko March 2, 2011 30 Comments

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In 2010 I used Tretinoin for four weeks with adverse side effects. You can read my tretinoin article here. Twelve weeks after I stopped using it, the uncontrollable blinking, pain and irritation to my eyes finally, subsided and went away. My vision returned to normal and I could comfortably wear contacts again, but the skin around my eyes looked so bad that vanity stopped me from wearing them. The bags under my eyes were now twice as puffy with crepey lines on them. I didn't used to have crepey lines under my eyes! The skin above my eyes had no strength, and folded to rest heavily upon my lids. Crows feet and fine lines on the bridge of my nose were now twice as deep and pronounced then they'd ever been before. My eyes looked so terrible that I continued to wear my glasses to try and hide them. I felt that nothing, short of a miracle, could fix the numerous problems surrounding my eyes after the months of stress they'd endured.

Marta published her review of E'shee's Cellular Repair Serum ($179 in the TIA shop), as a promising, wrinkle reducer. This gave hope, but was E'shee's FGF 1 gene therapy, seriously scientific, or just seriously expensive? My Tretinoin ordeal had already cost me $600 and I was desperate. After using E'shee's Repair Serum for 6 months on the bridge of my nose and around my eyes, I'm not proclaiming it a miracle serum, but it DID significantly reduce and repair the depth of the wrinkles on my nose and crows feet. For this, I will forever be grateful to E'shee's Cellular Repair Serum.

During those 6 months I also, literally, soaked the skin around my eyes at night in eye creams. Putting creams on so thick that they lay like a mask around my eyes while I slept. I purchased quite a few and Marta mailed me some too, with SenZen's Double Dose ($84 in the TIA shop) being the last one she sent. SenZen's Double Dose eye cream is by far, the best hydrating, moisturizing eye cream I've ever tried. Unlike most heavy eye creams, Double Dose absorbs completely (when applied normally, not like a mask) into my skin without leaving an oily slick or sheen. Most rich creams have a tendency to sit on the surface of my skin, so I'm very impressed by its' absorption. Maybe it's SenZen's Energized Liposomal Delivery System? Doesn't absorption mean penetration, which is really what we're after when we put something onto our skin? When I apply Double Dose like a mask at night, it has never caused millia or little red spots to appear. It will however, hydrate my bags, so I apply it on my upper cheeks (crows feet) and along the sides of my eyes. YBF's Correct ($150 in the TIA shop) is my normal daytime eye cream, but I set it aside a few mornings to try Double Dose under a dusting of mineral powder. SenZen sits well under my mineral powder without sticking, rolling, or piling. This eye cream may sound expensive to some at $84.00, but realize you're getting a huge 1 ounce pot of cream for this dollar amount. Most eye creams creams are sold in half ounce doses. SenZen has doubled this, which is maybe why they've named it, Double Dose! SenZen's Double Dose is really a  fabulous mid priced $42.00 per half ounce eye cream.

I want to give a Big Hug to the TruthInAging community for all the support, advice and love you gave me as I was trying to heal my eyes. I still take EFA Gold Flax Oil and double doses of vitamin C every day because of Julie & Sandy's comments. My biggest thanks always go to Marta, as there's no way I could continue to fight the war against aging without her website, information and research. Marta, because of you, I can now, FINALLY wear my contacts again!

Ingredients in E'shee Serum

Aqua, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Propylene Glycol, 1.3 Butylene Glycol, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycerin, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Extract, Tinocare GL, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Triethanolamine, D-Panthenol, Lactic acid, Carbomer, Allantoin, Phenoxyethanol, FGF 1 (Recombinant Human acidic Fibroblast Growth Factor).

Ingredients in Double Dose

Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrapeptide-17, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Caffeine, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Oxido Reductases, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Dimethiconol, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

  • April 2, 2011

    by Peggy

    Thank you Darrell, Junko and Emily. I have Correct and Double Dose, so I'll start using them on my little droops. Can't wait to see what they do! I looked up the KaplanMD Intensive Eye Cream and it looks very good (except for the phenoxyethanol and parabens, expecially the phenoxyethanol. Because of Marta's recent review of Re Luma, I looked up phenoxyethanol, and it looks pretty scary. In fact, that made me decide to wait on trying Re Luma. Ironically, since then I've seen several other great looking products reviewed here that have it as well.) Don't know what to think. Anyway, mulling that over will give me time to save up for more goodies, and while I'm doing that I have 2 great products to try out thanks to your info!

  • April 2, 2011

    by Emily

    Oh yes, just to be clear, Peggy, I have used them both on the lids. I think my comment was confusing--I do love Correct for under-eyes because it seems to help with dark circles, etc., but I would use both on both lower and upper.

  • April 2, 2011

    by Junko

    Peggy, KaplanMD Intensive Eye Cream for lifting the lids gets my vote. I'm totally out of this cream right now, but it lifted my lids the best out of all the creams I've tried. Hoping that others chime in with their recommends as I need some more considerations myself. If I buy the KaplanMD again, I'd use it just on the lids as it performed the best for me on the lids. Come on TIA readers ~ need more info here!!

  • April 2, 2011

    by Darrell

    Hi Peggy,
    You can use Correct on the lids as well. It will help tone and brighten the areas.

    Thank you and have a good weekend!

  • April 2, 2011

    by Peggy

    JUNKO, I too want to thank you for this post, and am so glad your eyes are recoverig. Thanks for all your sharing and caring, I've learned a lot.

    It is precious information, and speaking of that, I could use some. EMILY, one phrase in your comment brought to mind a question that I've been wanting to ask for some time. You commented that you had less "upper-lid droopiness." I've begun to have that problem, but haven't known what to do for it. Some products I've look at have said to avoid the upper eye lid (on the brow bone - ok, below that - no), so perhaps I got it stuck in my mind that below the brow bone is the Maginot line of eye potions, not to be crossed. I've been using YBF Correct (which I love) but its directions simply say use around the eye area, and that's too ambiguous for a goof like myself to know if they mean upper eyelids also.

    So, EMILY, have you used Correct and Double Dose on your eyelids themselves?

    I'd also like to post this question to JUNKO and to MARTA (my maven of skin care), or anyone else who can offer advise. What products can you recommend to firm up this delicate area?

    Thanks a bunch.

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