I’m trying to think the best way to approach this post. For some reason, this is a really polarizing product. Yes, it’s expensive. No argument there, but if I had to point to one product that’s helped me the most in my struggle with adult acne, this would be it. I can’t stress enough how much it has changed my skin for the better. I started using it last December, and unless I decide to begin using Retin-A, I will always keep a bottle of this around.
Let me be very clear about one thing. It hasn’t STOPPED my breakouts. I still get the occasional hormonal one, but it has reduced the severity of them. Between hormonal breakouts, my face stays clear. Don’t get me started on how much it has helped with the scarring, too. I pop my zits. I genuinely cannot stop myself from doing it. It’s like this weird, gross compulsion I have. To make matters worse, I sometimes can’t wait for a pimple to form a head, and I just go in on it creating a giant mess on my face. I’ve struggled with this for years. I’ve gotten into near arguments with my old dermatologist over it. I cannot make myself stop, so I’m left treating the aftermath. This has been a god-send in that department. It dries up the ones I do pop and they’re gone in a matter of days. The redness hangs aroud for five to seven days, and the scarring is almost nil.
To be sure, this is a retinoid, and there was an acclimation period I had to go through. It took me well over a month to build up to nightly use of this, and I won’t be stopping usage because I don’t want to go through that process again. I started out using it every other night. It made my face tingle a little, and after about a week and a half of this, it started to get dry. I used Retin-A years ago, and the adjustment period was terrible for me. My face would get so dry that the skin around my mouth would crack and bleed. Once the dryness started with this, I backed off to once every three days. I did that for two weeks and then tried every other night again. This was fine for three weeks, and so I increased to nightly use. Now, I will occasionally skip a night, but never more than that.
This, mercifully, never caused me to get the dry, peeling skin that I got from Retin-A, but my skin did purge. You know the kind of pimples I’m talking about. The tiny little things that seem to crop up out of nowhere all over your face–even on areas you don’t generally get pimples on. My skin definitely looked worse before it looked better.
The oils in the bottle–chamomile and blue tansy–seem to help keep my skin from getting too dry, especially while I was acclimating to the product.
I still get breakouts when I’m incredibly stressed out. This stuff is good, but it can’t magically fix brain chemistry. It does help to mitigate the severity of the breakouts, though, and, as I said earlier, it’s a god-send when it comes to clearing up scars.
With all that being said, this stuff comes at a steep price It’s $105.00 for an ounce, and $55.00 for a half-ounce. I buy it a half-ounce at a time because this stuff lasts for months. Seriously, it just takes a few drops to cover your whole face. I feel like buying it in half-ounce bottles means I’m getting a fresher product more often, and, really, you’re only saving five bucks if you buy the big one. Plus, the smaller bottle is easier to travel with.
So there’s my thoughts on Luna. I, for one, can’t imagine a world where I would have to live without this, and I can certainly understand the apprehension one would have to buying it. But if anyone reading that post is like me and has super moody, acne prone skin, I would not hesitate to suggest trying it out. It most certainly has changed my skin for the better.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil: I love you and can’t live without you. In fact, I’ve already started using my newest bottle.