Hi Snow Queen, I have a question for you. After a lot of trial and error, I've found that the only ingredient that considerably reduces the intensity and frequency of my breakouts is sulfur (salicylic acid has worked for me, but only mildly--my skin is better with a salicylic product than it is without it, it helps prevent blackheads, but hasn't reduced my acne overall). While there are a number of sulfur masks and spot treatments, I simply cannot find a liquid cleanser with a significant amount of sulfur in it. Why is that? Is there some chemical reason sulfur can't be included in a cleanser, or is it just that sulfur does not market well? I have been using (I know, I know) a sulfur bar soap made by adovia, and though it does dry out my skin in the winter, it helps more than any other cleanser I've used. So I guess I'm asking, why aren't there any liquid cleansers with a significant amount of sulfur in them, or do you know of any? Thanks!
Also, your fabulously researched post about skin irritants (it has really made me rethink my regimen, and do more investigating of the products I do use) really makes me want a similar post about make up. I see that there has been some discussion of titanium dioxide, but make up is (for better or worse) a large part of many of our daily lives, and more detail would be incredibly helpful A lot of us acne sufferers simply can't do without it if we want to face the world. What products do you use? Are there any primers out there that aren't harmful?
Hey, I just found out that sulfur works best for me too! I found a 10% sulfur ointment from a company called De La Cruz in the supermarket one day and it's been working for me better than the BP products I've used. The only problem with it is that you have to leave it on for 10 mins and then rinse it off; not the best if you have other things to do in the morning since the only thing binding it is polyethylene glycol so it rubs off easily. Though, I'm thinking that a cleaser containing sulfur won't help you as much as something you leave on the skin. I remember Snow_Queen talking about how medication-containing cleansers don't do much because the active ingredient is usually washed off the skin. That's probably what the 10min leave-on time for my ointment is for...
This is what I usually do:
Wash with mild liqud cleanser (Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser)
Apply Sulfur Ointment all over face.
Then a BHA gel (Neutrogena Stress Relief) and moisturizer (CeraVe).
xD Though, to be honest, my foremost goal is to just get my acne calmed down enough so I can hide it under makeup. Doing good so far =3 .(And oddly enough, I kinda like the smell of sulfur o.O )