I always found benzoyl peroxide gel to be a bit problematic in that there needs to be moisturizer to fight the drying effects and it's difficult to put makeup on top. There's always residue on my face and it interferes with whatever other products I want to use.
So after a while, I decided to try something completely new. After all, the regimen just wasn't working for me as a daily...thing. Waiting for everything to dry and stuff was a pain.
This is how I wash my face now:
1. I don't use cleanser anymore. I know it sounds crazy, but it always just ends up drying my skin. Even Cetaphil gentle cleanser makes my skin dry up. So I just splash my face with water, scrub gently with an italy towel, and rinse. Of course, this goes against Dan's teachings of avoiding irritation. But by experience, I find that exfoliation is a big need for my skin.
2. I use toner with 2% salicylic acid. Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple Action Toner, to be exact. This stuff smells AMAZING. I love using it. I don't buy cotton balls and stuff...it just seems like a waste of money. I tear off pieces of paper towel and fold it up to put the toner on. I hate using toilet paper. It leaves a bunch of papery crap on my face.
3. And I use moisturizer with 0.5% salicylic acid. I actually didn't want to bother with paying for the more expensive clean and clear dual purpose moisturizer. This was just a test, after all. Just to see how my skin would react. The ingredients list between the CVS brand and Clean & Clear was exactly the same. Lo and behold, the CVS brand smells nice and it's working beautifully.
My sister has noticed how clear my skin is becoming and my friend has, too. The beauty of the moisturizer is that it gets absorbed by your skin more nicely than the benzoyl peroxide, so you can easily put an spf lotion on top, or some powder with spf in it. I like using Physician's Formula: Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder. It has SPF 16 and the "soft green" one makes me look paler than I really am. x) But I have kinda lightish skin to start with. I just don't know how to pick makeup to match my skin, hahaha.
What affects me most for acne:
A not-so-fresh pillow: I will notice more acne on one side of my face than the other. This is because I rest my cheek on the pillow. No helping that. Sometimes I just put some of my blanket over the pillow to prevent ickiness from the pillow getting on my face. It helps a lot, actually.
Not taking care to wash my hairline or using bad shampoo: The shampoo that has worked best for me so far has got to be Tresemm√© Naturals or Smooth and Silky? Not sure. But I need a shampoo that's not clear but white and thick in consistency. If the shampoo's clear, that means that it's not gonna clean my hair well. And Garnier Fructise SUCKS for me, personally. I feel like it never gets the dirt and grime out as well. One big difference is in ingredients. Garnier Fructise uses Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Tresemm√© uses Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. The latter does a muuuch better job of breaking down oils and so on.
Not getting every...single...spot: This is just annoying. I'm sure that you've experienced it, too. >_> For me, it's always my temples, the middle of my face, the bottom of my chin, and my cheekbones because I'm trying to avoid getting the product in my eyes.
Of course, the foolproof way of getting your acne under control is birth control, but that stuff can make your emotions go haywire, so I decided not to go that route for now.
I hope that everyone here experiences clear skin sometime soon!
skincare obsessed Cathy ‚™•
Edited by thecathyinthehat, 06 January 2011 - 11:36 PM.