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A Journey Through Topicals



I promised in my previous entry that I would post my trials and tribulations in trying to heal my moderate acne.

Keep in mind, I've been suffering since 2006 and I can't remember half of the things I've tried or the order I tried them in. Back then, I was also inconsistent and willing to try anything. So this is in no particular chronilogical order.

In Short,

What's Worked: Benzoyl Peroxide. What Hasn't: Salicylic Acid.


-Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash (ineffective)

-Biore Detoxify Daily Scrub (didn't use long, felt nice, ineffective, sort of irritating)

-Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub (Inneffective on face, Ok for exfoliation, great for chest/back.)

-Biore Blemish Fighting Ice-Scrub (Feels great, but ineffective)

-Body Shop TEA TREE Skin Clearing Cleanser (Felt Ok, contains Alcohol, Very Ineffective)

-Anything and Everything Clearasil (Ineffective)

-REN (Just a sample, felt nice, too expensive)


-Clean&Clear Dual Action Moisturizer (Felt nice, but ineffective)

-Anything and Everything Clearasil (Ineffective)

-PeterThomasRoth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel (Very Irritating, ineffective)


- AcneFree for Severe (Shouldn't have used Severe, EXTREMELY Irritating, smells gross, ineffective, over-drying)

- Proactiv 3-Step System (Kind of works, Cleanser irritates, smells, good Treatment [step 3])


-Neutrogena Rapid Clear On-the-Go Acne Treatment Pen (ineffective, peely)

-Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask (Ineffective, can't remember)

-AcneFree Sulfer Mask (Gets VERY hard, irritating, slightly ineffective)

-ZAPZYT Spot Treatment (Cakey, Irritating?, Can't Remember)

-Anything and Everything Clearasil (Ineffective)

-Malin+Goetz Detox Face Mask (FANTASTIC, much too expensive)

-Body Shop TEA TREE Skin Clearing Toner (Ineffective, with Alcohol, but feels nice)

-Proactiv Oil Free Moisture SPF 15 (Doesn't moisturize very well)

-Proactiv Daily Oil Control (Slightly Effective, Time consuming, Unnecessary)

Currently Using:

- Purpose Cleanser (AM/PM)

- Acne.Org Treatment (AM/PM)

-Neutrogena Sensitive Moisture (AM)

- CeraVe PM Moisturizer (PM)

- Ponds Dry Skin Cream (AM/PM. Around eyes, on neck)

- Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil (AM/PM. Added to moisturizers.)

- Clean&Clear PERSA-GEL 10 Acne Spot Treatment (Pm)

- Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub (Chest/Back)

- Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (PM. Every 4 days, nose)

= Fabulous, Nearly Completely-Clear Skin!


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