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Hi everybody - this is my first post so if I'm not in accordance with the norm, sorry!

I started using Tazorac (AM), Aczone (PM) and minocycline 2x daily but I need a good facial cleanser that I can use AM & PM that will be gentle but does not strip away moisture. Is it safe to use something that has another treatment in it? I don't want to overload my skin but I do want to effectively clean it. I have been using REN, which is all-natural and doesn't use anything synthetic, but its extremely pricey.

What have people used while using these topicals? I'm open to suggestions! Thanks for your help! :dance:

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I would DEFINITELY recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser day and night. It pairs really well with Tazorac because it is really gentle and prepares the skin for topical prescription medication. Stronger cleansers with other ingredients in them (like Sacylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide) will be WAY too harsh while using Tazorac and other meds and will irritate your skin.

CVS and Target both have generic versions of the Cetaphil cleanser for a few bucks cheaper...just as good!

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I would DEFINITELY recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser day and night. It pairs really well with Tazorac because it is really gentle and prepares the skin for topical prescription medication. Stronger cleansers with other ingredients in them (like Sacylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide) will be WAY too harsh while using Tazorac and other meds and will irritate your skin.

CVS and Target both have generic versions of the Cetaphil cleanser for a few bucks cheaper...just as good!

Really? I heard that it ravishes your skin (according to a skin care specialist) and dries it out too much. I'll look into it though! By the way, kind of off the topic, but how has the Yaz been working for you? I'm about to start it for the first time - I used to use Apri but I need to switch. Let me know :cool:

Thanks!!

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If you are willing to order online, my acne clinic, Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic makes a great cleanser for sensitive skin. Its sudsy, very gentle, and won't irritate or clog your skin.

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I would DEFINITELY recommend Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser day and night. It pairs really well with Tazorac because it is really gentle and prepares the skin for topical prescription medication. Stronger cleansers with other ingredients in them (like Sacylic acid or Benzoyl Peroxide) will be WAY too harsh while using Tazorac and other meds and will irritate your skin.

CVS and Target both have generic versions of the Cetaphil cleanser for a few bucks cheaper...just as good!

Really? I heard that it ravishes your skin (according to a skin care specialist) and dries it out too much. I'll look into it though! By the way, kind of off the topic, but how has the Yaz been working for you? I'm about to start it for the first time - I used to use Apri but I need to switch. Let me know :cool:

Thanks!!

It does lol I hate Cetaphil! I might as well wash with water only. It leaves a white film on my face, it doesnt suds up, and I dont feel clean after washing with it

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I hated the Cetaphil when I used it! I am convinced that it CONTRIBUTED to more acne as opposed to helping it. I started using the Purpose Gentle Wash and I love it! I use it on alternate nights when I want a break from my 5% BP wash. It has NOT aggravated my skin at all. Although it doesn't suds up it gently but efficiently removes all of my makeup at the end of the day. I heard that a cleanser that doesn't suds up is better for your skin. Is this true? Anyone?

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I hated the Cetaphil when I used it! I am convinced that it CONTRIBUTED to more acne as opposed to helping it. I started using the Purpose Gentle Wash and I love it! I use it on alternate nights when I want a break from my 5% BP wash. It has NOT aggravated my skin at all. Although it doesn't suds up it gently but efficiently removes all of my makeup at the end of the day. I heard that a cleanser that doesn't suds up is better for your skin. Is this true? Anyone?

I can't say for sure, but I don't think the amount of suds really matters. I think sometimes people might wash their face more harshly if they don't see the suds. I used to use a face brush (from Origins) with Murad's cleanser and I think it exfoliated way too much. Now I try to be gentle since my topicals are a tad harsh and it has actually helped a lot. Does Purpose Gentle Wash have any meds in it?

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Does Purpose Gentle Wash have any meds in it?

I don't believe it does. I think its just a basic, gentle cleanser. I'm currently in the market for a cleanser that won't wreck my sensitive skin or make me break out.

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I hated the Cetaphil when I used it! I am convinced that it CONTRIBUTED to more acne as opposed to helping it. I started using the Purpose Gentle Wash and I love it!

I have to second that. I used Cetaphil once when I was a teenager, and it burned my skin. I would hate to think what it can do to adult skin. I use Purpose, as well. (It would be nice if it was fragrance free.) It's the best one I've come across. It may seem like you're not washing your face when you use it, but it works. Takes my makeup off, too. It doesn't cause that itchy, burning feeling if I happen to have to wash my face twice to get something off, either.

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So in my attempt to search for a natural, gentle, balancing cleanser, I have stumbled upon Jojoba Oil. So far, its AMAZING!!! Really gentle and my face is soo smooth.

Has anybody had any experience using it? I'm not sure how to use it with my topicals and such. Any advice?

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Hi everybody - this is my first post so if I'm not in accordance with the norm, sorry!

I started using Tazorac (AM), Aczone (PM) and minocycline 2x daily but I need a good facial cleanser that I can use AM & PM that will be gentle but does not strip away moisture. Is it safe to use something that has another treatment in it? I don't want to overload my skin but I do want to effectively clean it. I have been using REN, which is all-natural and doesn't use anything synthetic, but its extremely pricey.

What have people used while using these topicals? I'm open to suggestions! Thanks for your help! :dance:

Have you tried Mario Badescu's facial cleansers?

I currently use their Enzyme Cleansing Gel (PM) and their Acne Facial Cleanser (AM). A lot of their ingredients are botanical and they don't contain many ingredients. But they do contain preservatives (I know some people who like natural products try to avoid parabens and the like).

If you go to their website and go to their "consulting" section, you can actually get samples of the products you'd like to try out.

I'm happy with their cleansers but am thinking about switching to either Cetaphil liquid cleanser or Vanicream bar soap (we're in a recession...hehe).

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I hated the Cetaphil when I used it! I am convinced that it CONTRIBUTED to more acne as opposed to helping it. I started using the Purpose Gentle Wash and I love it! I use it on alternate nights when I want a break from my 5% BP wash. It has NOT aggravated my skin at all. Although it doesn't suds up it gently but efficiently removes all of my makeup at the end of the day. I heard that a cleanser that doesn't suds up is better for your skin. Is this true? Anyone?

I heard the same thing. If something suds up it contains detergents which are harsh on the skin. I guess it depends on your skin type and how sensitive it is.

I've been using non-sudsing products for the past 6 months or so and am thinking about switching to Vanicream bar soap after I'm done with my products. I kinda miss the suds. hehe. Haven't used Vanicream bar soap yet though, but I use their other products (moisturizing cream, lip treatment with SPF) and love them!

Also I think I rub harder when there are no suds. BUT, since I'm aware of that, I've actually been doing a good job with GENTLY cleansing.

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well amenity facial cleanser is good and so is zirh facial cleanser but the zirh cleanser has glycolic acid and a bit of saliclyic acid i dont know if you can use that when your using those two things your derm prescibed

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I use Beauty Without Cruelty, (or BWC) Extra Gentle Facial Cleansing Milk. I buy it at that online drugstore that's so popular, along with alot of my other persoanl care items, (cuz I dont have a Natural Foods store in my area).

There are no suds, it's similar to Cetaphil but all natural and very gentle.

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I've been using Aveeno's Ultra Calming foaming wash. You can get it at any drugstore. It doesn't have any acne medication in it, but supposedly has ingredients that help reduce redness. I don't know about that, but it definitely cleans without irritating my skin. I think it's a good match for retinoids.

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Whats wrong with Dans cleanser? Its working perfectly for me and I don't even have to moisturize afterwards since the cleanser leaves me with a soft and moisturized face.

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I've been using Aveeno's Ultra Calming foaming wash. You can get it at any drugstore. It doesn't have any acne medication in it, but supposedly has ingredients that help reduce redness. I don't know about that, but it definitely cleans without irritating my skin. I think it's a good match for retinoids.

I hated that cleanser too! It made my acne worse

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