I decided - after a few failed attempts with other methods - to start the regime. I will be using drugstore products that I will list below.
I'm starting this blog so that anyone reading can share their experience with the regime or good drugstore products I might not have listed. I'd also love to hear any tips and tricks you might have in approaching treatment.
About 3 years ago I ordered Dan's products, which are awesome. Great price, large quantities, and for the most part cheaper than drugstore brands (for the amount you get). HOWEVER, I live in Canada. The shipping time took just about three weeks, which is super long to wait for a skin care regime. I had some really great results but I ran out. If I wanted to get it shipped to me in 4-5 business days it would be an extra $60. So being lazy I just decided to forget about it.
I really like the products Dan sells because they are really tailored to this whole regime process. For me right now, it is more practical to try with drugstore products first - I may end up cracking and ordering Dan's products, if I find mine aren't working. As far as my skin 'story' goes, I have probably what would be called 'mild acne' or frequent breakouts. I won't go into my life story because I'm sure we all share a similar one - tried multiple products with no luck. I want to find something that works because this whole 'acne' thing is getting old!
Anyways, I'm going to be keeping track of how I'm doing with drugstore products and let you know what I think. As I said, I live in Canada but from what I've read online the products I'm going to list below are available in the USA as well – the Clinique product is sold at department stores or Sephora.
1. For facial cleanser: Cetaphil 'Gentle Skin Cleanser' (Non-comedogenic)
2. For treatment: Clean & Clear 'Persa-Gel 5' (5% Benzoyl Peroxide)
3. a) For moisturizer: Impruv 'Advanced Moisturizer for Dry, Sensitive Skin' (Non-comedogenic, Non-Irritating, Hypoallergenic)
3. b) Backup Moisturizer: Clinique 'Moisture Surge Intense' (Oil-Free, for Very Dry to Dry Combination)
The Clinique moisturizer I had before this all began, as my previous ‘acne’ routines really dried out my skin and this is one of the best oil-free moisturizers out there (I did a lot of research and tested out a few to find this one!). Highly recommend, though it is on the more expensive side ($60-$65). The new moisturizer (Impruv) I picked up just because I was curious and I wanted to have some options as I know BP is VERY drying – this product was in the same section as Eucerin and other more intense moisturizers ($18). The Clean & Clear was one of the only BP products my drugstore had and it was on sale so I picked up two tubes ($7 each, on sale). It is 5% so I’m a bit worried about the dryness, which is why I loaded up on good quality moisturizers.
Tonight will be my first night using all of the above products together, so I will be updating when I start to get an idea of how my skin is taking to the regime with drugstore products (plus the Clinique). If you have had any experience with drugstore products or anything I’ve listed above please share! I’d love to hear any suggestions, especially how to avoid or treat dryness.