Background: I got cystic hormonal acne from using birth control at age 20, and have been struggling with acne ever since. The only time I was ever 100% clear was when I used the Regimen for a couple years. But I got tired of the BP bleaching my clothes, and I suspected it was damaging my skin, despite keeping it clear. It's taken a year and a half but I've finally quit using benzoyl peroxide and discovered the only place I get pimples at all these days are on my chin and rarely the forehead.
Watching a youtube video by "Brianne" changed how I treated my skin. I don't have oily skin--I have dry skin! I've been treating it as such ever since and saw a dramatic reduction in breakouts. Then I got obsessed with Korean beauty and was using a double-cleansing on my skin followed by a LOT of different products. But my skin still got little pimples, looked dry, and had fine lines no matter how much moisturizing product I used on it. My acne wasn't gone...
I went back to Brianne's site. She used no soap at all, just a homemade cold cream with all natural ingredients. I have replicated that cold cream (albeit imperfectly), and haven't used soap on my face in a week. I slather it on at night to remove sunscreen and makeup, and wipe it off with a washcloth. It's too thick for a moisturizer for me, so I follow up with my favorite Clinique lotion. My skin seems to really like it. The pimples I have didn't magically disappear, but I don't seem to be getting any new ones. You'd think I'd be greasy and oily without "washing" my face, but I'm not.
Has anyone else tried this? I searched but can't find anyone's story on using this particular cream. Some people have apparently had success with regular old Pond's. It saves me from using water on my face without going totally "caveman", which I can't do since I would never go sans SPF and do enjoy wearing makeup. Thoughts? Similar stories? Success???