what has cleared me 100% (no BS, only 2 products)

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I will start by explaining my acne and then I will get into how this regime worked for me.

I had around twenty or so non visable bumps on my forehead that would "activate" randomly about two at a time. The bumps were only really visible when I would get heated or when I was right from a hot shower.

I would get whiteheads on my nose that would be in the most akward places like the tip mainly. Almost always they would get inflamed no matter what I did.

I would get a random zit here and there on my cheeks but nothing too severe.

I would describe my acne mild/moderate.

I started using the two products in the first post and initially I didn't notice much of a difference. The first week was a bit brutal because I grew about five good sized pimples on my nose. I left them alone so the medicine could work and they quickly formed heads but just wouldn't go away. I ended up popping them after a week because I couldn't stand it any longer. They did not reform. The bumps on my forehead started coming to a head one by one but unlike the ones on my nose leaving them alone made them go away.

I am about a month into the regime and I have had very few breakouts. The few spots I have gotten have gone away pretty fast. I think the combination of these two products has been a success for my face and I will keep using them.

I wash my face when I wake up with the s.a. wash and at night before bed I use both washes. I do not use any moisturizer because the combination has not dried out my skin.

I want to mention this last week I have been sick and usually the flu makes me break out like mad but I have still stayed clear. I am very impressed with these two products and never thought a over the counter medicine made by clean and clear would work so well.

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clean and clear are still making these products, i was suprised to find them in woolies - looking forward to trying it.

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I have been using the combination of products for about 4 months and I have been 90% acne free. This last month I have switched to just using the BP and that number has jumped to 95%.

I don't think this will make anyone completely acne free but it is a lot less expensive than most treatments and I can attest that it works for me.

On a side note the bp does stay on the skin with this cleanser. I know because I have bleached a few hats with my forehead sweat.

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I recently started using this treatment and so far it's been working. I haven't seen any noticeable results yet but it has stopped my skin from breaking out. However, I did notice that my neck area has gotten red. I don't know if this normal or maybe I'm allergic to the BP. Any help would be highly appreciated.

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I would recommend you use some form of moisturizer if it is making your skin red.

Do not leave the cleanser with bp on for too long because it will be more rough on the skin. You might also need to start slower and only use it every other day until your skin adjusts.

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I should also add that the continuous control cleanser also makes me a little red right after use. The redness goes away in about 20 mins. This does not happen when only using the c.c. cleanser and I think it has something to do with the mixture of s.a and b.p products.

I am back to using both products because it seems to help the b.p. soak into the skin better.

On a side note drinking lots of water daily has also helped bring that success ratio up higher. I have found that if I get dehydrated I break out more. I was dehydrated and didn't even know it. Once you build up a water supply within yourself it seems it is easier to maintain proper hydration.

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I've noticed that my redness has diminished a little bit but it is still visible on my neck. I do moisturize and drink a lot of water. I'm doing the BP only at night to see if that helps a little bit. I'm just going to wait a few more days to see if the redness keeps fading away.

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You are washing twice a day right? Since you had some irritation I would suggest maybe using the S.A. cleanser morning and night one day. Then use the B.P. cleanser and S.A. cleanser the next day. I personally found using the B.P. cleanser worked best in the morning and the S.A. cleanser at night. it might be different for your skin though so I would say experiment and see what works best for you and causes the least amount of irritation.

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Yea, I wash my face twice a day. Right now I'm using the SA in the morning and at night I wash with the SA and BP. So far I see that it's working its just I still kinda have my neck red. I kind of ruled out being allergic to the BP because that's the only part that is red and no where else. I'm just going to wait it out longer. It's been exactly one week since I started, so I guess I'm just going to wait a little bit more. Oh and by the way, I do moisturize as well.

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How are you lads going with this ?

I have been using proactiv for a week or so but I lost the cleanser! I left it in a hotel room lol dammit it was basically full!

So I went the the supermarket and grabbed the 2 Clean and Clear products mentioned here, wow so cheap :)

I used them last night and this morning so I will see how it goes. I kinda like the idea of not having run through all the 3 proactiv steps and then moisturize. I think I will still be using moisturizer for a while because my face is pretty dry after cleaning and I get a fair bit of sun during the day.

If anyone else is using these products chime in and make me feel better ;)

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I have been on this regimen for 2 months now and it has cleared 90% of my acne but it has not helped at all with red spots. Although i am almost acne free my face still looks horrible because of the red spots covering my cheeks which look like acne if not examined from close. I wash with both washes morning and night. What would be the best way to incorporate Azelaic Acid (Finacea) or Alpha Hydroxy (Wallgreens) into my regimen to clear these red spots?

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You might try skipping a night of the clean and clear and use those products in its place.

I stopped using the products for about 2 weeks and switched to tea tree oil. It made all my spots red but it did work. I have since switched back for a couple of reasons. I like the smell of the continuous control cleanser and it actually kills the redness on my face while fighting and preventing acne.

I do not like the idea of using b.p. for a long period of time because of the damage it does to the skin but it looks like so far I do not have any other viable choice.

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hi psytra,

i read ur earlier post describing ur acne, and it sounds almost identical to mine.

was wondering what ur current regime is with using these two products and how clear u r.

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hi psytra,

i read ur earlier post describing ur acne, and it sounds almost identical to mine.

was wondering what ur current regime is with using these two products and how clear u r.

I am mostly clear with the combination but it does seem like my skin has grown used to the products. I have been experimenting with different moisturisers and that has caused me to have some small pimples on my forehead. I have also recently found out that when I drink beer I break out which is a major bummer since I love a nice porter or stout.

The combination seems to work well since the product with bp helps me stop acne from forming while the product with ss helps me heal any that does appear faster.

I am still using both products but I feel there must be better ones out there.

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so i have a question. at the moment i am using neutrogena acne stress face wash with 2% salycic acid, but i recently bought the clean and clear continuous face wash with 10% bp in it. i want to continue using the neutrogena because i do love how it makes my skin feel after i use it in the morning but i also wanted to try the combination of the 2 because after reading some reviews it seems to help. would it be bad to substitute the neutrogena with SA instead of the clean and clear with SA and then use the bp? if anyone has suggestions it would be sooooo much appreciated!

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I would give it a shot and see what happens. I do not think the clean and clear product with S.A. is that great of product. The beads get stuck in large pores and it seems to break me out a little bit. The good thing about it is it does calm my skin and make it heal a lot faster. Your results might differ but I think you'll be completely safe.

so i have a question. at the moment i am using neutrogena acne stress face wash with 2% salycic acid, but i recently bought the clean and clear continuous face wash with 10% bp in it. i want to continue using the neutrogena because i do love how it makes my skin feel after i use it in the morning but i also wanted to try the combination of the 2 because after reading some reviews it seems to help. would it be bad to substitute the neutrogena with SA instead of the clean and clear with SA and then use the bp? if anyone has suggestions it would be sooooo much appreciated!

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These two products have worked amazingly to get rid of my acne. I am now 95% clear, when no other methods had worked at all. The only problem is I have many red spots left all over my face from years of acne. I use both products morning and night everyday. This treatment has lightened the spots significantly with the combination of aha and azelaic creams morning and night but it is taking much longer than i had hoped.

I was wondering if this version of the clean and clear continuous control would be more effective for removing the spots, while also keeping my skin acne free? Any feedback would be appreciated.

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It might be too much exfoliating if you use it with the C&C S.A scrub. Other than that I can't imagine it being much different than the stuff we are already using.

I think I might incorporate that product in my own regime. I have switched it up and started using only the continuous control cleanser. I have to make sure to moisturise every couple of days because the stuff is so drying. I can not use moisturiser every day because it makes my skin too oily. I found if I do it three times a week the bp doesn't kill my skin and it continues to keep me clear. Since I no longer am using the S.A scrub that exfoliating C&C might be a good addition for once a week.

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The two exfoliating products seem to be over exfoliating, instead of helping reduce red spots its makes them more visible. I have also added palmer's skin success eventone fadecream to my regimen and that seems to be helping with spots. I am still unsure if the spots are scarring or just hyperpigmentation from having acne for so long.

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Thanks for the update. I never did get the other clean and clear product since I have been pretty happy with just using the continuous control cleanser. I am about 99% acne free these days but I do still have a little scarring/hyper-pigmentation.

I also find that I break out when I do not drink enough water or I eat/drink junk. It sucks because the dark beers I love make me break out but light beers with no flavour do not.

To wrap things up my current ritual is as follows:

Continuous Control Cleanser twice a day, every morning and night.

Moisturiser at night, every other day.

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this is an updated version of the original post. most has been unchanged, but i have changed some parts to make them clearer, and i added the tips section at the bottom to answer many questions people have.

first off i want to say that i'm not a salesman or here to sling a product. i have had acne for approximately 10 years. from my early teens until recently (i'm in my early 20's). i have tried everything and nothing has worked. neutrogena products are crap. i have finally stumbled upon an absurdly simple regimen that has cleared me completely.

my hope is that i can help 1 other person get a clearer face, if not a completely clear one. i know what acne can do to a person mentally, i am that person. it has destroyed my self-esteem and confidence as it does so many others. sorry if this post is very long, just trying to be helpful.

so anyways, here's what i did. a friend of mine several years ago recommended a product to me that he said worked well for him. thinking not much of it, since i had tried everything else i figured i would give it a try. so i bought the tube. it is called "clean & clear continuous control", made by johnson & johnson. here is a picture of the stuff so you know exactly what it looks like.. ( ) i began using the product and within about 2 weeks my face had cleared significantly. this product remained in my regimen for about 2 years and did a really good job. i only got a pimple every now and then. nothing big at all. of course after a while i got greedy and figured there was something out there that would clear me 100%. i stopped using the C&C continuous control for about a year, and had disastrous results with other products. nothing else worked.

then i started reading stuff about the acne cure. i was reading how it is important to use salicylic acid AND benzoyl peroxide both.

the reason of course is that salicylic acid (or BHA, beta-hydroxy acid) has a couple of functions. one, it promotes healthy exfoliation by making your dead skin cells shed off. it clears the surface of the skin of dead skin and oil. second, it is oil-soluable, so it has the added ability of being able to loosen and remove oil and dead skin cells from the inside of the pore itself.

benzoyl peroxide's purpose is to create an oxygen reaction which kills bacteria on the skin (and if you're lucky, in the pores too).

the problem is if you use only one, it won't work 100%. the salicylic acid does not kill the p. acnes bacteria. also, without the salicylic acid, the benzoyl peroxide usually stays at the surface, killing only surface bacteria. this is because the pores are still clogged with dead skin and oil, and the BP cannot penetrate the pore.

with this knowledge in hand, i realized i had to do both. the BP i chose was a product i knew worked about 90%. it was of course the C&C continuous control. now this is 10% BP, most people tell you to avoid something with that high of a concentration. ignore it. i can tell you from personal experience, 10% works better than 3.5% or 2.5% (or, at least this product does, which so happens to be 10%, coincidence, who knows, but 10% is the only choice for this product). sure it is more irritating and drying. but that's only at first. any irritation or dryness you experience will go away within 2-3 weeks, max.

so i knew i had to get a salicylic acid product. i first tried the neutrogena oil-free acne wash cream cleanser. crap. didn't work, plus it was way too drying to use in conjunction with the BP wash.

finally i figured i trusted the clean and clear line, so i decided to get a second product from them. this is the C&C blackhead clearing scrub. here is a picture of the stuff.. ( ) this is for three reasons, one it's the C&C brand which i know is good, second it contained 2% salicyclic acid, and third, it has microbeads to scrub away dead skin. the microbeads are probably bunk, but they look cool at least, and the product still does its thing.

anyways, since this is so long, i'll get to the point. i started using these products together and i have been 100% clear since they began to work. i have been completely clear for months and months. (completely unheard of for me) my acne is cured with these two amazing products. that's it!

here's the simple regimen i follow:

wet my face with warm/slightly hot water. wash with the C&C blackhead clearing scrub (salicylic acid), massage around/into my face for about 45 seconds to a minute. wash it off. immediately apply the C&C continuous control (benzoyl peroxide) and GENTLY massage that into your face for about 30 seconds to 45 seconds, then wash it off. pat dry with a clean towel.

you will notice that when you apply the BP cleanser to your face, after the other wash, your skin will feel SUPER smooth. it feels so nice. then, after you wash off the C&C continous control, you will feel your pores tingling deep inside for a bit after you wash. kind of like noxema if you've ever used that. it's a good feeling. you can really tell it's working.

that is ALL. in the morning, use ONLY the SA wash. then, at night before bedtime, use BOTH.

this regimen is SIMPLE and there is only TWO PRODUCTS for a reason. i believe less is more when it comes to treating your skin. putting too much crap on your face can be bad and make you break out more.

i know i talk about these products like they're god, but i truely believe in them. they are the only two things that have worked for me in 10 years. the C&C product line is GOOD STUFF. plus, it's cheap (about $4.50 USD for each tube).

i hope this helps someone out. i really do.

NOTES & TIPS:

-the SA wash is not drying or irritating. almost the opposite, it makes your skin smooth and nice feeling. the BP is the drying/irritating one. that is why you use it only once a day.

-it is not neccessary to scrub these products in. in fact, scrubbing hard will irritate your skin more and it won't work as well. being GENTLE and massinging it around softly works just as well, if not better.

-some people may need to modify this regimen. this is what works best for me and most people. some wash with both products 2x a day, because their skin can handle it. it is up to the individual to judge. for me, using the BP wash only once a day works just as well as using it twice a day.

-when you use the BP wash, i squirt about the amount of toothpaste i would put on my toothbrush (for estimate). then, i DO NOT apply this paste directly to my skin. i rub it around my palms until it's spread around and i can put my hands on my face and massage it around the skin, evenly. applying it directly to the skin will cause much more irritation.

-this regimen works MORE the LONGER you use it. it takes a little while to reach the full effect. you will begin to see very noticable results (almost clearing of complexion) around 1 month, for some it is less time.. 1 month is a good average. at this point, you may get 1 or 2 pimples every now and then. much less that you normally get. keep using it. at the 2 month mark, it will be fully working and you should never get any new marks, and any bumps under the skin or blackheads should be gone. by three months, your old marks should have completely faded and you skin tone evened out. you will be extremely surprised how much your skin looks like that of (insert your favorite celebrity here). now, months later after i started this regimen, i still look in the mirror and it puts a smile on my face. it is still amazing to me, even after time.

-this one is a HUGE one. here it goes: DO NOT PICK OR SQUEEZE. if you continue to do this, your face will never get better, and you won't see nearly as much improvement. TRAIN YOURSELF OFF OF THIS. so many times i would go to the mirror every morning or night and get up close and pick at every single thing (even things that weren't noticable unless you get right up to your face). of course i'd end up with red marks all over my face and look 10x worse than i did before i started. this is just something you have to force yourself to stop. as much as you want to, do NOT let yourself pick or squeeze. (unless it is completely obviously ready to be popped, for example, an obvious white head that you can open with a pin). if you must pop it, be as gentle as possible, and STOP as soon as you see any clear liquid come out. if you can get over the initial month without picking or squeezing, you will naturally stop within time. when your face becomes clear, you will have nothing to pick or squeeze at. it kinda works for itself. i know it's hard to stop, but this is one of the most important points.

-some people seem to have sensitive skin, and SOME people experience an initial breakout. most, it seems, do not. this shouldn't last past a week or two. most people get scared and bail at this point. unfortunate, because quickly thereafter everything will quickly clear up. those who stick with it past an original breakout end up very surprised of how it clears things up and begins working right after that. don't be scared of this, i would say judging by responses that only about 25% of people experience an initial breakout.

-for guys, i shave immediately before the evening or morning regimen. after i finish shaving, i got straight into washing my face.

-add things to this regimen at your own risk. some people want to add in other things like AHA lotions, this and that. i do not think that other products besides this are necessary. these two work enough. using AHA or other acids on your face often times just irritates it more than anything. i know when i use AHA lotion, it makes me break out. so if you're using my regimen but also using 5 other things on your face, don't blame me if it doesn't work.

-my face tends to get flakey and oily at the same time. so i have to use a moisurizer. its reduces flakes and limits the amount of natual oil that my own skin has to produce. has anyone ever tried this regimen with a moisurizer? and if so, which one? i dont want to over do it when it come to medications or products. but it doesn't matter what system i try, or if it even works on my acne or not. i have still ALWAYS needed a lotion or a moisturizer. i guess i have to try it for myself and see if i even need it. and if i do, i guess, i'll just add it. i'll prolly start with and oil-free, nonmedicated moisturizer of the same brand. i know that produst of the same brand ar formulated to work together and compliment each other. but if i still need some kind of acne combatant in my moisturzer i will switch to a medicated one. any advice? let me know. =) thank you! =)

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