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Well, I just started college about a week ago. Unfortunately, I think my skin is in the worst state it has been in a long time. I thought the culprit was my Paula's Choice BHA liquid, but I have recently discovered that is not the case.

I have been using Murad's clarifying cleanser for a couple of months now. It worked great to begin with, but now I am far from great. My skin is super oily and flaky at the same time and I am red all over. I stopped using Paula's Choice and I know that my moisturizer isn't causing this - with process of elimination, I discovered that it is my cleanser. After finding similar negative reviews on Murad's cleanser, I dumped the product for good.

I have gone simpler, cheaper - I'm going to start using Cetaphil's gentle cleanser.

Throughout my struggle with acne I have always used harsh cleansers with tons of ingredients and chemicals. I think it is about time I give my skin a rest and just give it something gentle.

I also purchased Paula's Choice 1% BHA lotion - something a little less severe than the 2% liquid. I plan on using it at night only. My regimen will go as follows:


Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

Witch hazel

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector

Olay Complete Moisturizer (spf 15)


Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

Witch Hazel

Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector

Paula's Choice BHA 1% lotion

There is really no point in buying these expensive, harsh products. I found that the short period I went without using anything on my skin at all was the time when my skin improved the most. I just need to give it break from these crappy products (cough Proactiv cough Murad).

I keep changing my regimen, I know. But this is really the only way to figure out what works best for your skin. I'm hopeful still.

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