Should I reintroduc
e retinol in my regimen?
Those are some great products you're using in your regimen! I would continue on with those. Leave your skin happy. I agree with the previous comment...leave things alone. Keep up with this routine to make your skin feeling great.
If you do decide to introduce retinol back into your skin care routine, try do start off sparingly at every 3 days for a week, then every 2 days, then every other day to see how your skin reacts to the addition of retinol again.
I recommend using Philosophy's Booster Caps, which has a lower perfectage of retinol compared to their Help Me cream, the caps have a very silky serum inside, it feels like a silicone/dimethicone primer almost, and one capsule can be used for the face, neck, and even chest area. You can apply it as is or mix it into your lotion. These caps allow for a fresh dose of retinol as they are individually sealed and used one by one rather than a cream or lotion being exposed to oxygen upon opening. The more mild formula may be better for your skin as it's more gentle.
You should keep using it, but maybe only a few nights a week. The acne gets a little worse before it gets better, but the results of long term use are worth it - reduces fine lines, fades spots, and keeps skin glowing. I am 32 and have used it 7 years.