Ah, that explains a lot. SLS is pretty harsh and irritating - I had to buy shampoo and conditioner free of it because I had scalp acne occurring awhile ago, too.
That cleanser has Sodium Laureth Sulfate, which may be irrating the areas where you are broken out. Plus those walnut shells are a little harsh. And the 2.0% Salicylic Acid is just being washed away.
If you wear make-up I think it will be hard to just clean with water, but if not, maybe you should try it. I was hesitant too, but now the thought of using cleanser is unthinkable, but I don't wear make-up. All I use on my skin is the green tea toner with a few drops of apple cider vinegar added.
Have you ever tried sulfur for your acne-prone areas?
I never have worn makeup, so then this should be something for me to think about. I use the same toner as you, and I have acv stored up in my cabinet somewhere. Heck, I used to drink 1 tbsp of it a night because I heard it can help acne that way. But I threw up one night and I can't handle that anymore. Adding a few drops in the toner is a good idea because I don't have any other uses for it.
Do you do what the OP here does? Do you pour water on your face 3 times daily and let it air dry, also?
No, I don't splash with plain water because the pH of plain tap water.is too high to combat acne. but I do splash (and rub in) with the green tea toner 2-3 times a day. I decided to add a few drops of ACV to the toner to bring it down to 5.0-5.5 pH range. I only add a few drops of the ACV - the smell is nauseating and no way can I handle that smell all day long, but the green tea masks the few drops. Anyway, if you use distilled water to make your green tea toner the pH will be 6.0. For every 1/4 cup I add either one drop of lemon or 2 drops of ACV to bring the level down to 5.5. So what I do is for every 1/2 cup I add 1 drop of lemon and 2 drops of ACV. Lately I have been adding a few dropsof Epsom Salts for the magnesium content...I'm in experimental stages with that. I don't add sea salt to the whole batch but I do keep a batch with sea salt in a little eye dropper bottle for spot treating. Hope that helps!
Wow, thank you so much! I'm going to try that, then.
I appreciate how you explained it in pH ranges. That way I can understand better what I'm putting on my face so I can try not to ruin my acid mantle, I believe it's called.
That's very helpful, again. Thank you so much!