Acne.org Moisturizer with Licochalcone reviews
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Water, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Methyl Gluceth-20, Squalane, Saccharide Isomerate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, PEG-12 Glyceryl Distearate, PEG-23 Glyceryl Distearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.
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I started the regimen about five weeks ago, and after the first week my skin started acting out really badly (itchiness, redness, swollen skin, burning). I was desperate to get rid of my acne so I didn't want to quit the regimen too quickly, but I needed to find out what was causing my skin to suffer.
I stopped using the products for a few days to let my skin heal, and then for a few days I used only the cleanser. My skin was fine so I knew that it wasn't the cleanser causing the reaction.
I slowly started using the BP as well, but only once a day and in very small amounts. My skin, apart from being a bit dry (which is normal) was fine.
So I started using the moisturizer again, and yes, my skin was getting red and itchy just like the first time, so I imediately stopped using it and just kept to the cleanser and PB.
But then about two weeks later my skin was doing the same thing again, mostly around my eyes, and I couldn't figure out why. I read a lot of reviews all over the forum and someone mentioned that the moisturizer has Butylene Glycol in it and that some people had a reaction to it. I checked the ingredients in all the products I was using on my face (there were only about 4), and one of them did have Butylene Glycol in it. It was my new makeup romover that I was using to take my eye makeup off. It all made sense. So now I know that I am allergic to Butylene Glycol.
So basically, I'm just trying to warn you, that if you start using the acne.org regimen, and your skin starts getting itchy, red, swollen, sore, and burns, it might not be because of the BP (like I thought it was at first), but because of the moisturizer. If this does happen just stop using it for a little while and see if you skin gets better.
Also, can anyone recommend a good moisturizer to replace the acne.org one?
I bought the regimen several years ago, and it worked like a charm. My favorite product by far was the Acne.org moisturizing lotion. Even though I loved the product, the cost and cost of shipping, at the time, were cost-prohibitive for me. Since I am more able to afford it now and Acne.org is finally offering free shipping, I ordered the moisturizer in the large pump size. I've been using it for about and month and am so disappointed in it. It feels like it has been completely reformulated. It is runny, and like other reviewers, it really doesn't soak into my skin until it's been on for several hours. Again, like other reviewers, it legitimately burns upon application. The older formulation NEVER did this. And again, like other reviewers, I believe this caused me to breakout and usually as long as I'm consistent with the acne medication, I have little to no breakouts. This moisturizer just hasn't cut it like it did when I first purchased it. I have discontinued its use even though I have the whole bottle left and went back to using Curel Daily Moisture Original Lotion on my face and my breakouts have slowly begun to heal after a week of not using the Acne.org product. I'm so sad this doesn't work anymore because it used to be the superior product. :(
I'm glad I got the travel size of this to start out with, as this moisturizer left me with horrible alligator skin and a terrible burning sensation when applied after the BP. (To put this in perspective, not even the AHA burns my skin when it's applied after the BP.) It never seemed to fully absorb and instead seemed to sit on top of my skin, leaving a somewhat greasy feeling yet not combating the flakiness, and adding a couple drops of jojoba oil to it only left me greasier. I did not have issues with it turning my skin yellow as other people have talked about, but I didn't use it that long due to the other side effects. Honestly, this stuff left me wanting to rip the skin off and it seemed to cause more acne for me... Neither this nor the jojoba oil will go anywhere near my face again.
this moisturizer was good to me at first it hydrated well and it it's job but over time with the regime it doesn't work well it leaves me with half dry skin and i flake because of it, it didn't break me out but didn't moisturize well with BP but it might work for other people or if i'm not using BP but it leaves me feeling dry and flaky
I read the other reviews on this moisturizer after about a couple weeks on the regimen and most of them are pretty close to what I was experiencing. During the first week (while my face was still producing oil LOL) the moisturizer was great, but as I increased my BP and my face started getting dryer, the moisturizer was not moisturizing my face at all even with the jojoba oil. My face would look dark and oily and after the moisturizer absorbed, my face would feel so dry after only an hour. It's hard to wear make-up while using this moisturizer and I feel like I need to because it makes my skin look way worse than it is. On top of that it makes my skin burn really bad. I ditched this moisturizer and now I use St. Ives Timeless Collagen Skin Moisturizer and it works so much better. I add jojoba oil to that too. My skin still burns a little after the BP but at least now my skin feels better than it did before. It's still dry since that's what the BP does but my face doesn't feel like there's a nasty residue on it, it only burns for like 15 minutes after I apply, and my face doesn't look and dark and gross anymore. It also does't look like my skin is dry when I wear foundation and my acne has also been clearing up faster. So my advice, try the moisturizer out if you want to but if you don't like it, ditch it. It barely moisturizes and there are better cheaper ones out there you can get!
This moisturizer is great, the licochalcone in it really works at soothing your skin which will become dry from using the benzoyl. Also I personally love the yellow tint because it gives you some color/coverage. The ONLY reason I did not give this 5 stars is because I think it should be SLIGHTLY more moisturizing. Perhaps I have dry skin but I use 2 full pumps plus 10 drops of the jojoba to keep the dryness away. When I leave in the morning my face is literally glistening from all the oil lol! But throughout the day my face does absorb it. You will acheive the results they promise if you use this product and the jojoba is a great companion to customize it to your skin type.
i used this product for the first time today, and my dry skin went away instantly. Not only did it clear up the flakes, it also made my skin smoother and my acne appear less visable
i started using the regimen 10 days before and my skin is flaky and soo dry not comfortable at all but i believe this is the process of the regimen. most of all what really bothers me is that my skin tone got darker i had a tanned tone now i have a brown tone, is it only me or is there anyone??
I follow Dan's regimen, minorly tweaked to my needs and have for about 7 years. It's the only thing that has ever worked. But this moisturizer is. B. A. D. I mean, just awful.
As stated in the headline, it feels gross on the skin. The color makes you look ill. And it rubs off and turns everything else yellow. I assume it feels so icky because of all the oil, and yet it is not sufficiently oily or moisturizing to conquer the flakiness from the BP.
I'm surprised anyone at all likes it, but hey, to each his own. What I find even more shocking is that more than half of people seem to really hate it and nothing comes of it. It's a shame really bc the regimen is truly great. It's changed my skin completely, but I had to find alternatives for half his products.