I have never been happier with my skin!!! My face definitely still has it's days where it gets irritated and breaks out a little, but it is SO MINOR in comparison to what it used to be like. And when I do get a break out, it's gone within 2-3 days max! Just heals right up!
Here is my current regimen:
- Wash face with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and Distilled Water for just a few seconds. (Overwashing can definitely be an issue! When I was younger I used to overwash ALL the time, because I thought it would clear up my face faster.)
- Pat dry. Apply one pump of Paula's Choice 2% BHA Gel all over. And then every other night I apply lemon juice topically on my acne-mark-prone areas. (Cheeks, a little on the forehead)
- Acne.org AHA+ all over for moisturizer.
- Additional: If I have an active spot that has popped and is exposed, I use a Q-tip dipped in tea tree oil and a little water on the spot, and I kid you not, it is gone the next day!
- Wash face with Neutrogena Ultra Gently Daily Cleanser and Distilled Water for a few seconds.
- Moisturize with Neutrogena Oil-Free Sensitive Skin Moisturizer (actually I use the Wal-Mart knock-off called "Equate Oil-free Ultra-Gentle Facial Moisturizer". It's in a white and purple container.)
And there you have it! I have cut out Benzoyl Peroxide from my routine, and am happy I was able to get off of it. I don't doubt that BP is wonderful, and some people really like staying on it, but it was just too drying for me.
The great thing about the products I use is that they last for a pretty good amount of time!
- I've had my 2% BHA for 9 months and am just barely having to get a new one. (About $22 for a 4 oz. bottle, costing about .08 cents a day)
- My AHA+ lasts me about 6 months. (Almost $30 for a 16 oz. bottle, costing about .16 cents a day)
- Lemon juice takes forever to go through.
- I've had my tea tree oil for over a year, but I only use it on spots.
- And the Neutrogena products I go through in about 3-4 months. ($8 for 12 oz. cleanser, and about $9 for 4 oz. moisturizer, about .08 cents a day for cleanser and .08 cents for moisturizer)
Add it all up, and I'm only spending around $12 a month for clear skin!
I would encourage you to try the different products I use, but as I am sure you've come to find, everyone is different and the things that work for me might not work so well with you. That being said, I started using these products because I read about other people's successes and gave it a try!