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Finally, something that works for me!

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So I haven't been on in awhile, but needless to say, I've had acne problems. I'll recap my acne history quickly.

I had extremely mild facial acne through high school, but suffered from moderate back acne which was very frustrating. After finally visiting a dermatologist I was prescribed Differin gel and a topical antibiotic. The antibiotic drove my skin crazy so I stopped using that and just used the Differin. I started tanning as well, against my doctor's orders, but it seemed to help my acne a lot. Within three months my back and face were completely clear of acne.

After high school I started using birth control and was married a short time after that. The birth control kept my acne (both facial and back) to a minimum. At most I would have 2-3 zits a week. However, after 7 years of birth control, I was sick of taking hormones and quit them. The first month I had the most beautiful skin, but it progressively changed and within four months I had severe acne covering both my back and face. I started using Clinique's Acne Solutions line and within two months I was nearly clear. However, it was not meant to last. After about 6 months my skin began to either become immune to the treatments, or I just needed something stronger.

I had pretty much given up hope and was sure that I was just going to have to deal with the acne, but I had just gotten my first professional job and I did not want a face full of acne at 27 years old!

This went on four a couple months and after reading the regimen, I decided to try something different. Here is my current routine:


Wash with Clinique Mild Facial Soap

Treat with Clinique Acne Solutions Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion (2.5%)

Moisturize with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel


Remove makeup with Ponds Cleansing Towels

Wash with Bare Minerals Rare Minerals Renew and Reveal Facial Cleanser

Treat with Clinique Acne Solutions Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion (2.5%)

This had me cleared up almost completely in 2 weeks! I still get the occasional zit but nothing like I was experiencing. I hope this keeps working. If not, I'll ramp up the benzoyl peroxide treatment to 5%.

Let me know if this works for anyone else. My back acne is not improving, so I think I'm going to try 5% BP on my back and start tanning again. Crossing my fingers!

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Hey, really pleased this is working for you. I had some really good results with Clinique - especially their anti-blemish range. I literally had clear skin for about 5 months which has never happened before. I really don't mean to dishearten you, but my acne gradually started worming it's way back though, and came back with a vengeance after that :( I really hope it continues to do wonders for you though, I just wanted to give you a heads up. Fingers crossed!

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Clinique sucked for me. Glad this is working for you! :)

90% Clear thanks to Ortho Tri-Cyclin Lo!

Current Routine:

-Neutrogena Acne Stress Control Power-Clear Scrub

-Carley's Clear and Smooth Exotic Butter Moisturizer

-Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer with SPF 30

-Clean and Clear Persa Gel Maxiumum Strength (spot treat)

-Tretinoin 0.05% (currently twice weekly at night)

-Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask (once a week)

-Everday Minerals Mineral Makeup

-Ortho Tri-Cyclin Lo

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