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~Lauren~

When's the best time to spot treat?

I was wondering when the best time to spot treat would be, before or after you moisturize? I have been doing it before I moisturize but should I switch to doing it after? Or does it even matter?

Just for info. here's my current regimen:

Morning:

Wash with Cetaphil face wash

Tone with Biore triple action astringent

Spot treat with Neutrogena rapid clear w/ 2% salicilic acid

Burt's Bees radiance eye cream

Moisturize with Aveeno ultra calming moisturizer

During the day:

Spot treat if needed with Burt's Bees blemish stick(I carry it in my purse)

Night:

Wash with Cetaphil face wash

Tone with Biore triple action astringent

Spot treat with Neutrogena rapid clear w/ 2% salacilic acid

Moisturize with Fruit of the Earth 100% aloe vera gel

Burt's Bees radiance eye cream

I also use Physicians Formula talc-free mineral wear powder after my morning routine.

This seems to be clearing up my breakouts very nicely, although I still have some scarring(I'm a recovering pimple popper. I know, I know, bad me. :rolleyes: ) I tried Dan's regimen for a while but it was far too iritating and my acne wasn't that bad in the first place. I don't like using benzoyl peroxide because it seems to make my acne linger and develop into hard knots under my skin. It doesn't dry me out to bad, but I can't deal with the scarring it causes me so I switched to salicylic acid. It seems to be working pretty well. Not only clears up the acne faster but takes away the pain associated with those big red bumps.

Although, I am thinking about switching from my current astringent to witch hazel. I think it would be less harsh and agrivating to my skin. If you have any opinions on this feel free to post!

Oh, and great site! Thanks, Dan!

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