Proactiv - made my skin sting, turn red and irritated.
Retin-A - wrecked havoc on my skin, made me peel uncontrollably even with loads of cream, and actually made my acne worse.
Benzoyl Peroxide - made my acne worse and later found out I'm mildly allergic to this.
Sulfur - made my face stink and didnt reduce acne at all.
Neutrogena, Clean and Clear and Cetaphil - these made my face tight, dry and worsened my acne. I have learned not to trust the usual brands you see on the shelves at your local market. They contain chemicals, dyes, fragrances and other irritating ingredients that wont help your skin! Although, this varies with different types of skin.
I have done extensive research on natural ingredients that are clinically proven to improve acne troubled skin, dry and sensitivity, and acne scars. I have found that my skin is in favor of all natural products free of dyes, chemicals, parabens and fragrances. With the exception of one chemical - salicylic acid - it helps minimize my acne almost in one day. Here is my wonder products I have found to work for me in the last couple weeks: Fundmental Face Wash without apricot kernels found at www.earthturns.com, I apply a dot size amount of salicylic acid on my pimples or underground bumps, then I apply 100% pure aloe vera gel after I cleanse and pat dry my face to seal in the spot treatment and to soothe any irritation, and last but not least after the aloe vera gel has dried I apply a quarter size amount of jojoba oil or vitamin e oil/aloe vera oil all over my face for a moisturizer. This has worked like a charm for me as I know my main issue was dryness and sensitivity. The all natural chemical free face wash was exactly what my skin was craving and the oils have helped quench my skin's thirst!!! I've also noticed the aloe and vitamin e has been reducing my acne scars! So far I have had no cystic acne, breakouts, etc... Fingers crossed this track to recovery continues!
Also, some things that I think helped reduce my acne was drinking plenty of water every single day, taking fish oil supplements, not touching my face, cleaning my pillow case every week, less caffeine, eating healthy meals, working out, and lowering the amount of stress I was living with!
Acne has taken such a toll on my self esteem and emotional well being. For years I have felt ugly because of my skin issues. I have realized that acne is apart of life whether I like it or not, but that doesn't mean I can't learn to cope with it to the best of my ability. Acne is only a small part of who I am and I have learned to love myself regardless. So finding a healthy and SAFE skin regimen that has allowed my skin to heal and keep most of my acne breakouts at bay has been a blessing for me. Never stop believing!!! You just have to find what works for your skin and stick with it Best of luck to you!
Edited by bitherj, 05 November 2012 - 01:36 PM.