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#1 Rosalie324

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

Alright guys, I'm coming to you because I know you know best! What is the BEST salicylic acid face wash out there??

 

Just so everyone knows, my face can't tolerate BP, so there's no use mentioning it as much as I would love to use it!

 

Thank you in advance :) Xo


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:03 PM

I've used plenty of salicylic acid face washes, since my skin gets irritated from bp. My favorite salicylic face wash is Clinique's acne solution foaming wash. It has 2% (like most salicylic washes do) but it smells clean, never dries out my sensitive skin and goes for about $20 a pop but it lasts 4-5 months. I also like Aveeno's clear complexion foaming cleanser. It is a tad more perfumey than the clinique one, but does the job without getting my skin upset. The Aveeno one is about $7 from a local drugstore. My Least favorite salicylic acid face washes are the oil free gel ones by Neutrogena. I love the pink grapefruit smell, but it seems to irritate my skin more than a foaming cleanser. I used to use the neutrogena one for a long time, but I retried it a few weeks ago and my skin flushed pink after I washed it. 



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 11:30 PM

i use one named saslic foaming facewash (1%).its mild and pH balanced.


Itchy red raised skin - dermatitis??
http://www.acne.org/...-with-pictures/
 
huge pores
http://www.acne.org/...dwith-pictures/
 
indented scar
http://www.acne.org/...iswith-picture/
 
oils used for cooking
http://www.acne.org/...oilgood-or-bad/
 
inflamed whiteheads & clogged pores
http://www.acne.org/...twith-pictures/
 
my balanced diet chart and skincare routine(medications taken & products used now)
http://www.acne.org/...food-allergies/
http://www.acne.org/...incare-routine/
 

#4 Rosalie324

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 10:45 AM

I've used plenty of salicylic acid face washes, since my skin gets irritated from bp. My favorite salicylic face wash is Clinique's acne solution foaming wash. It has 2% (like most salicylic washes do) but it smells clean, never dries out my sensitive skin and goes for about $20 a pop but it lasts 4-5 months. I also like Aveeno's clear complexion foaming cleanser. It is a tad more perfumey than the clinique one, but does the job without getting my skin upset. The Aveeno one is about $7 from a local drugstore. My Least favorite salicylic acid face washes are the oil free gel ones by Neutrogena. I love the pink grapefruit smell, but it seems to irritate my skin more than a foaming cleanser. I used to use the neutrogena one for a long time, but I retried it a few weeks ago and my skin flushed pink after I washed it. 

 

I've heard a lot of people recommend Aveeno! Does the wash foam up? I have combiantion/oily skin, so foamy cleansers are almost a must. My skin is super sensitive and cannot tolerate BP as well, so salicylic acid washes are really the only way to go for me. I absolutely HATE all Clinique products. I've used their dark spot corrector and dramatically different moisturizing gel. Both upset my skin and caused me to break out, which is upsetting because I so wanted to love the products. Especially for the price I payed. I agree about the Neutrogena. I have had such awful experiences with the brand, and the only explanation I have is that they must not be hypoallergenic/non-comedogenic.

 

What about Olay? That was another one that's commonly recommended... Have you had any experience with that wash? 

 

i use one named saslic foaming facewash (1%).its mild and pH balanced.

 

Thank you for the suggestion! That may be a good wash to start with and work my way up to a 2% cleanser. 


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:31 AM

I've used plenty of salicylic acid face washes, since my skin gets irritated from bp. My favorite salicylic face wash is Clinique's acne solution foaming wash. It has 2% (like most salicylic washes do) but it smells clean, never dries out my sensitive skin and goes for about $20 a pop but it lasts 4-5 months. I also like Aveeno's clear complexion foaming cleanser. It is a tad more perfumey than the clinique one, but does the job without getting my skin upset. The Aveeno one is about $7 from a local drugstore. My Least favorite salicylic acid face washes are the oil free gel ones by Neutrogena. I love the pink grapefruit smell, but it seems to irritate my skin more than a foaming cleanser. I used to use the neutrogena one for a long time, but I retried it a few weeks ago and my skin flushed pink after I washed it. 

 

I've heard a lot of people recommend Aveeno! Does the wash foam up? I have combiantion/oily skin, so foamy cleansers are almost a must. My skin is super sensitive and cannot tolerate BP as well, so salicylic acid washes are really the only way to go for me. I absolutely HATE all Clinique products. I've used their dark spot corrector and dramatically different moisturizing gel. Both upset my skin and caused me to break out, which is upsetting because I so wanted to love the products. Especially for the price I payed. I agree about the Neutrogena. I have had such awful experiences with the brand, and the only explanation I have is that they must not be hypoallergenic/non-comedogenic.

 

What about Olay? That was another one that's commonly recommended... Have you had any experience with that wash? 

 

>i use one named saslic foaming facewash (1%).its mild and pH balanced.

 

Thank you for the suggestion! That may be a good wash to start with and work my way up to a 2% cleanser. 

 

I've had no experiences with the Olay wash so I can't tell you from experience. But the Aveeno one is worth a shot! The Aveeno one pumps out as a foam, you don't have to rub it in your hands to make it foamy. It's very light, with a light scent and I personally like it, especially for the price! And I'm sorry the clinique products didn't work out for you.



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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:33 PM

I will definitely check out the Aveeno wash! I need to start using SA, and hopefully it will help with the tiny bumps I've been complaining about! Thanks for the suggestion :)


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 12 August 2013 - 01:55 PM

Garnier do a nice 2% one in their Pure Active range. My skin's really sensitive to BP as well but it got on fine with this wash, in fact it made it feel really nice! Another plus side is it's pretty affordable (about £5 here in the UK). 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 02:42 PM

Garnier do a nice 2% one in their Pure Active range. My skin's really sensitive to BP as well but it got on fine with this wash, in fact it made it feel really nice! Another plus side is it's pretty affordable (about £5 here in the UK). 

 

Do you know if there are any of the typical skin irritants in that wash? I can't use anything that isn't hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I break out with rashes on my cheeks every time I stray from those products. It's so annoying. Definitely a great thing that it is such an affordable and effective product for you! :)


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 03:09 PM

Garnier do a nice 2% one in their Pure Active range. My skin's really sensitive to BP as well but it got on fine with this wash, in fact it made it feel really nice! Another plus side is it's pretty affordable (about £5 here in the UK). 

 

Do you know if there are any of the typical skin irritants in that wash? I can't use anything that isn't hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I break out with rashes on my cheeks every time I stray from those products. It's so annoying. Definitely a great thing that it is such an affordable and effective product for you! smile.png

 

Errm well I'm not really sure what you'd count as typical skin irritants but you could probably find an ingredients list if you Googled it. It's called Garnier Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Wash. :) Sounds like it might not do the trick if you're skin's that sensitive though!


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:00 PM

 

Garnier do a nice 2% one in their Pure Active range. My skin's really sensitive to BP as well but it got on fine with this wash, in fact it made it feel really nice! Another plus side is it's pretty affordable (about £5 here in the UK). 

 

Do you know if there are any of the typical skin irritants in that wash? I can't use anything that isn't hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. I break out with rashes on my cheeks every time I stray from those products. It's so annoying. Definitely a great thing that it is such an affordable and effective product for you! smile.png

 

Errm well I'm not really sure what you'd count as typical skin irritants but you could probably find an ingredients list if you Googled it. It's called Garnier Pure Active Deep Pore Unclogging Wash. smile.png Sounds like it might not do the trick if you're skin's that sensitive though!

 

Okey doke, I shall definitely be doing some research. It always bums me out how my sensitive skin makes everything much more difficult, and in the end more expensive -.-


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 06:55 AM

Alright guys, I'm coming to you because I know you know best! What is the BEST salicylic acid face wash out there??

 

Just so everyone knows, my face can't tolerate BP, so there's no use mentioning it as much as I would love to use it!

 

Thank you in advance smile.png Xo

 

The only salicylic acid cleanser that seems to work for me is a cream wash with added moisturisers (for sensitive skin) from a Clean & Clear. Unfortunately shops seem to sell the one without added moisturisers nowadays (but this is way too drying for me, even if I apply moisturiser afterwards). angry.png The salicylic acid seemed to work as my acne would become less inflamed, all whilst my skin felt soft and moisturised. smile.png

 

Anyway, it is still available online. But the only place I've seen it available is here: http://www.pakcosmet...cream-wash.html

 

Hope it helps. :D


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:15 AM

Alright guys, I'm coming to you because I know you know best! What is the BEST salicylic acid face wash out there??

 

Just so everyone knows, my face can't tolerate BP, so there's no use mentioning it as much as I would love to use it!

 

Thank you in advance smile.png Xo

 

The only salicylic acid cleanser that seems to work for me is a cream wash with added moisturisers (for sensitive skin) from a Clean & Clear. Unfortunately shops seem to sell the one without added moisturisers nowadays (but this is way too drying for me, even if I apply moisturiser afterwards). angry.png The salicylic acid seemed to work as my acne would become less inflamed, all whilst my skin felt soft and moisturised. smile.png

 

Anyway, it is still available online. But the only place I've seen it available is here: http://www.pakcosmet...cream-wash.html

 

Hope it helps. biggrin.png

 

Thank you so much! I'm going to look into this for sure. I'm so nervous about switching anything up with my regimen... From everything I've read though, it does seem like I need to add some BHA to my normal routine. Do you (or anyone else) know if when you start using salicylic acid, there will be an IB? I'd really like to avoid that at all costs.


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:48 PM

I use a salicylic acid toner after cleansing from Lumiplexion.  It stays on the skin longer to be more effective.  There are three strength levels to help with any irritation from using it.  It's great for the small bumps on the face.  

 

I tried Aveeno, Neutrogena, etc.  None of them worked for me either, and they irritated my skin.  I use Lumiplexion (green) cleanser with a face brush and follow it up with the SA in the morning.  At night I use glycolic acid.  

 

Lumiplexion is not sold in stores.  She was a local esthetician over 20 years ago to me.  Her business is now all online.  There is a FB page and she runs monthly discounts as well from FB.  Over the last 23 years, I keep coming back to her products because they are made specifically for people with acne prone skin, and they are not bound by some of the restrictions of mass marketed items like Neutrogena, Aveeno, etc.  

 


No regimen is one-size-fits-all. You are unique and so is your skin.

 

AM

Proactive Deep Cleansing Wash - Lumiplexion Salicylic Acid ~ Lumiplexion  SPF 30 ~ Lumiplexion moisturizer 

PM

Proactive Deep Cleansing Wash  ~ Lumiplexion Glycolic Acid 12% (3-4x week) ~ Lumiplexion Hydroquinone 1-2x week

 

Lumiplexion enzyme mask / sulfur mask /  moisturizing mask 1-2 week as needed 

 

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:43 AM

I use a salicylic acid toner after cleansing from Lumiplexion.  It stays on the skin longer to be more effective.  There are three strength levels to help with any irritation from using it.  It's great for the small bumps on the face.  

 

I tried Aveeno, Neutrogena, etc.  None of them worked for me either, and they irritated my skin.  I use Lumiplexion (green) cleanser with a face brush and follow it up with the SA in the morning.  At night I use glycolic acid.  

 

Lumiplexion is not sold in stores.  She was a local esthetician over 20 years ago to me.  Her business is now all online.  There is a FB page and she runs monthly discounts as well from FB.  Over the last 23 years, I keep coming back to her products because they are made specifically for people with acne prone skin, and they are not bound by some of the restrictions of mass marketed items like Neutrogena, Aveeno, etc.  

 

That sounds interesting. I will be looking into that. The cleanser I'm using now, Effaclar, is honestly the first to not irritate my skin (from a drugstore). When using that product do you start with the lowest strength and gradually work your way up, or just use the strength that doesn't irritate your skin? Also, would you recommend it for people with sensitive skin?


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:57 AM

Clearasil makes good ones i have no problems at all with it



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:21 AM

My daughter has extremely sensitive skin.  She cannot use BP and uses sulfur because of it.  She tolerated the SA without any issues.  You would start with Salicylic 1 and by the time you're done with that bottle,  you go to 2, and then 3.  I can't recall them specifically right now, but they 2% to 5% I believe, so the SA is stronger than what you can buy in the store as well.


No regimen is one-size-fits-all. You are unique and so is your skin.

 

AM

Proactive Deep Cleansing Wash - Lumiplexion Salicylic Acid ~ Lumiplexion  SPF 30 ~ Lumiplexion moisturizer 

PM

Proactive Deep Cleansing Wash  ~ Lumiplexion Glycolic Acid 12% (3-4x week) ~ Lumiplexion Hydroquinone 1-2x week

 

Lumiplexion enzyme mask / sulfur mask /  moisturizing mask 1-2 week as needed 

 

******

 

 

 

 


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 11:02 AM

for regular use its best to stick to 1-2% SA IMO.

u dont wanna be to harsh!


Itchy red raised skin - dermatitis??
http://www.acne.org/...-with-pictures/
 
huge pores
http://www.acne.org/...dwith-pictures/
 
indented scar
http://www.acne.org/...iswith-picture/
 
oils used for cooking
http://www.acne.org/...oilgood-or-bad/
 
inflamed whiteheads & clogged pores
http://www.acne.org/...twith-pictures/
 
my balanced diet chart and skincare routine(medications taken & products used now)
http://www.acne.org/...food-allergies/
http://www.acne.org/...incare-routine/
 

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 01:33 PM

Thanks for the replies guys! I will probably not go above 2% for SA, because I am already using topicals on my skin (including a sulfur antibiotic). Does anyone know if SA acts as a preventative measure for acne? I'm finding that Aczone is better at treating existing pimples, rather than preventing breakouts in the first place. Also, I've read that when using a SA cleanser, you should let the wash sit on your face for a minute or two to get optimal results from the chemical. Has anyone found that to be beneficial? 


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 01:53 PM

The washes are not going to be very effective.  You want the acid to be on your skin for a period of time to break down and exfoliate the trapped skin cells.  Also don't think you can't go over 2% based on replies here.  Every product is made different.  Dan's 2.5 BP bothered and irritated one of my daughter's skin, while Lumiplexion's 10% BP did not and helped a lot.  Remember that 2% of a product leaves 98% of ingredients that also can irritate your skin.  It's all how they are formulated.  It's not apples to apples.  It's apples to bacon.  


No regimen is one-size-fits-all. You are unique and so is your skin.

 

AM

Proactive Deep Cleansing Wash - Lumiplexion Salicylic Acid ~ Lumiplexion  SPF 30 ~ Lumiplexion moisturizer 

PM

Proactive Deep Cleansing Wash  ~ Lumiplexion Glycolic Acid 12% (3-4x week) ~ Lumiplexion Hydroquinone 1-2x week

 

Lumiplexion enzyme mask / sulfur mask /  moisturizing mask 1-2 week as needed 

 

******

 

 

 

 


#20 Rosalie324

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 02:30 PM

Hmmm... I do like bacon haha I think I'm going to just call my dermatologist. She knows the condition of my skin and hopefully will be able to make the decision for me. I'm going to relay all the information you guys are giving me, because honestly I trust your judgment way more than hers. (She's one of those dermatologists who looks like she's never had a zit in her life -.-) I'm just terrible at making decisions, especially one's regarding my skin. Thanks again! I'll report back when I have an answer, I suppose. 


AM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

 

PM Regimen:

Cleanse face with La Roche Posay Effaclar

Apply Aczone

Moisturize with Sheseido Oil-Free Mattifying Moisturizer

Spot Treat with Clearisil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment (always)

 

 

I now do not follow a vitamin regimen and have expanded my eating to include almost all food groups (excluding lactose/dairy). Since I made this change my face has CLEARED UP!

Minimalism people, trust me it works. Develop a skin care regimen, stick to it, and you will see results. All the rest (diet, exercise, supplements) didn't work for me. Less is more.

 

Status: 98% Clear... Plus a nice bunch of superficial scarring -.-