When i first started using this product it seemed to work miracles, but then after 3 months it stopped. My acne became much worse and the differein burned my skin AND LEFT IT SO RED. After putting up with this for a week i couldn't take it any more and i stopped using it completely. My skin sill burns whenever i put any products and i look like a lobster whenever i put on anything, even just moisturizer :(
Usually when choosing a product for sensitive skin, you'd know it doesn't have unnecessary things like perfumes, dyes, etc. The cleanser and toner are extremely gentle and effective. The last step, surprisingly burned a bit, but does work very well. The odd thing is, I've tried all Acnefree's kits for both moderate acne, severe acne, and sensitive skin. This kit works the best of those 3, but oddly this one burned the most even at 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide. This kit does clear acne fast, gets rid of redness and can even subside some acne scarring. Another great thing is that I also found this kit does somewhat have an oil-controlling property if you use it regularly. My skin is combination-oily, but this kit is one of the very few things that has helped me and kept working after long term use. And I have tried nearly ALL things for acne! (As I mentioned earlier, I've tried all 3 of Acnefree's kits.) The only cons I would have is that the last step does burn, and if you have sensitive skin, this is a fair warning because my skin is only slightly sensitive, but that last step really does burn! Also, over the day, if you over-applied too much of the last step, it will make your skin appear oily, and it isn't good to wash off if you want it to clear your acne. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who want to get rid of acne, unless your skin is extremely sensitive. If so, consider using a different spot treatment instead of this kit's 3rd step. This detail I don't mind much at all, but for the cleanser, it is based on natural cleansers so it doesn't foam or anything. Just expect to use a bit more than you would with a casual cleanser.
I'm the one who put 10% benzoyl peroxide all-over my face when my acne worsened, which made it even worse....of course.. And since --- my skin is possibly overcompensating with sebum and I've been trying to find a gentle yet effectice hydrating care - this one is a trickster. At first it seemed to be very effective, but as it later showed itself to me it wasn't as effective working in the gentle department. This meaning that it at first seemed to clear some of the redness and inflammation, however as I continued using it my skin got drier and drier untill my skin actually started burning from the cream, it really hurt like needles.. The mattening-effect seem to come from the very supicious ingredient "nylon-66", most ceratinly a polymer, and since it's third in row I suspect this polymer to be the real active ingredient in this hydrating care - making the skin strecth out and conceiling all the whiteheads and blackheads.
Summarizing - This hydrating care acts as a conceiler which will make the skin look good while it's burning underneath... Not sure but I actually suspect that polymer to be somewhat comedongenic as it worsened my whiteheads.
I researched everything about isotretinoin before I started taking it. I wanted to weigh the risks and benefits before taking the drug for 5 months. I have had mild to moderate acne since I was 16. I tried antibiotics, birth control, ACV, chemical peels (which made it worse), even the acne.org regime which irritated my sensitive skin too much to keep using. After talking with my dermatologist, we decided that these other things I have tried did not work and he suggested a five month course on accutane.
There is a lot of waiting involved in order to get the prescription. Waiting after the pregnancy test, waiting to get approved, waiting for results. They make you jump through A LOT of hoops if you are a female, but if you are willing to get the necessary tests every month, it is worth it. My dermatologist prescribed me a low dose of 20mg for the first two months then I went on 30 mg. I am currently ending month 4 and am basically spot free. I have a few marks that are still healing but my skin is the smoothest and clearest it has been since I can even remember. I still have one month to go and I am really looking forward to seeing the end result.
My side effects have been very typical. Dry skin, dry lips, sore joints, low energy, and eczema flare ups. All of my side effects have been bearable. Some of the products that I use to combat dryness are cerave moisturizing facial wash, cerave PM moisturizer, aquaphor & lanolin for my lips. For makeup, I used estee lauder double wear foundation and it helped with covering up any redness or unevenness. After the third month I noticed I needed less and less makeup because I didn't have to cover up anymore. I also love E.L.F lip exfoliator. Another positive side effect besides clear skin has been that my hair has been growing very fast. I asked the dermatologist about this and he could not explain it. I only have to wash my hair every few days because of the lack of oil. Your skin will be very sensitive while on accutane. You have to be very careful not to pick your skin because it will not heal as fast as it normally would. It is also important to note that you cannot tan, get a tattoo, or wax while on accutane. I get my eyebrows threaded instead and it works very well without any irritation. I am tan and do not normally burn while in the sun but while on accutane I burn very easily. Also you are not supposed to drink alcohol while on accutane, when I did, I noticed it affected me strongly so I would not recommend it. I tried three different brands, Claravis, Amnesteem, and Absorbica. I would recommend taking Absorbica if you can because it is absorbed the best. The other brands you are supposed to take it with a fatty meal in order to be absorbed. Even though on the label they warn you about depression, It has not affected my mood at all.
There is a lot of scary information out there about accutane, but I wanted to share my experience and hopefully help someone with their decision to try it. I would recommend it to anyone that struggles with their skin.