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Hi all I'm new here. I have been fighting acne for about 2.5 years now and have tried many things to combat it. Here is my current acne regimen:


Wash with cetaphil gentle cleanser

Apply alba hibiscus facial toner (wait 20-30 minutes)

Apply aczone and duac-BP (again wait 15 minuties)

Apply Aveeno ultra-calming spf 15 daily moisturizer


Wash with cetaphil gentle cleanser

Apply alba hibiscus facial toner (wait 20-30 minutes)

Apply Tretinoin .05% cream

Apply aczone (wait 30 minutes)

Apply cetaphil daily advance ultra hydrating lotion

Take 150mg Doxycycline tablet

I have been on duac for 1.5 years, tretinoin (retin-a) for 1 year, aczone for 5 months, and the anti-biotic for 5 months now (Previously on minocycline for almost a year) and I have still not 100% cleared up. I have weeks where i am pretty clear and others where my face is terrible. Additionally I take a multi-vitamin every day in the morning, drink plenty of water, no soda or fast food, exercise daily, and get 8-9 hours of sleep almost every night. In the past I have tried non-gluten diets, drinking ACV every day, and eating only raw foods with no improvement to my acne.

Does anyone have suggestions on how I can become clear??? I really need help. Thanks.

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ok so i started using a couple teaspoons of baking soda mixed in with my face wash the other day and my skin is looking awesome. My scars and going away much fast and i have no new/current acne! This may be a miracle. Has anyone else had any success using baking soda on their face?

Also my skin is very soft, but much drier.

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You might want to look into those ingredients in your cleanser/lotion products. I switched to all organic a week ago and I have seen a HUGE improvement on my minor back acne and face acne (mostly comedones)

this is my blog, and it contains info on harmful ingredients to avoid (only a VERY small portion of all those harmful ingredients that are in inorganic products)


here is a website that I use to check out some of the harmful ingredients:


I hope your acne problem will go away really soon! I know what it is like and how you feel.

BTW, have you consider using ACV as a toner? pH balancing and works as a natural AHA to shed dean skin and clear up brown spots, I have been using it for the past week, really great! & invest in some good organic tea tree oil!! put it on as a spot treatment, honestly BP aggravated my skin more than it helped (I love Dan though!! NO OFFENSE! ) You might just need to find a way to rule out what irritate your skin, ya know?

Keep me updated! Good luck!!!

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Less is more.

Take out Aczone and the toner. Way too much stuff is going on your face. Slow and steady will clean your skin. Put on an AHA 2 times a week instead of toner and Aczone.

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