What are you trying to accomplish with the RA/HQ? They will work very well to reverse sun damage and lighten and sun spots/freckles/melasma.I was just wondering how many of you are caucasian. I am just hoping that the success a lot of you have had with the Retin-A/HQ 4% combo will work as well for me. I'm a little worried I've got my hopes up so high now.
Thanks Goatlady,Are you sure you were not getting results with the 4%?? Do you have a photo of yourself before you started the HQ from say 6 months ago you can compare to a photo now? With similar lighting and closeup of your face? Try a comparison of the photos you may see the difference there. You could be a shade lighter and not be able to see it with a comparison. I do before photos before I start a project so I can see the difference ( of course if there is one ) so far I am using RA and TAZ. I can see more of difference it seems to me with the TAZ. It is STRONG stuff at .01% and a gel instead of cream. I am still early in to the treatment so hard to say, but overall I am very pleased with what I have accomplished. Ondine is the lighting guru, she will be able to help. TCA is scary was for me, but in desperation I tried it. Started with a low % and went up. Best way to do it.
Make sure you take it in good natural lighting too so the photos isn't to bright or too dark due to artificial lighting.I know I should take a photo of myself with no makeup on. The ones I do have of myself I always have makeup and pale powder on. Anyway, I am hopeful. I have ordered RA 0.05% and HQ 4% from ADC, and Likas papaya soap too. I can't wait to start!! I will ask you later about peels if I need to. I know you are the expert.
Thanks Gymrat,I am caucasian karenannev, I have no experience with the RA and HQ. (sorry) I use RA .1% and I am a TCA user as well. I can say what has worked for me in regards to reducing hyperpigmentation is microderms and definately the TCA peels. I also have used kojic acid and had great results as well. I use the RA for every other night for routine maintenance and for the anti aging benefits. I can tell you that .1% RA is VERY strong and I am switching back to .04% to only a couple nights a week. As far as the peels go, I do my peels in the fall/winter months only. So my TCA time is right around the corner-
Best of luck to you, and I hope you like the results with the RA and HQ. If you don't get the results you are looking for, maybe try a TCA peel. Also, you might want to even get a good micro fiber cloth for exfoliating. This is the one that I am using.
Microfiber Cleansing Cloth*-*NCN Professional Skincare - Anti Aging Skin Care Products That Makes Your Skin Look and Act Younger
Thanks kitskid, I'll have to work the courage up. I'll see how I go with the RA/HQ mix first. Is what you're doing just getting rid of damage, or making you pale? I really want to be as pale as possible.Hi karenannev I am a very fair skinned Caucasian and I concur with gymrat, I use Retin A and TCA peels and it works very well for me. I use the microfibre cloth also, they are wonderful.