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I copied and pasted a comment I made on a blog. This will get rid of your acne. This product is mentioned. Read the whole thing.
I also went on Accutane when I was 20. I am now 29. The acne was gone for some time and came back until I've discovered how to get rid of it FOREVER (recently about a year ago I discovered the missing piece). Before I tell you what to do, I'm going to educate you on how the skin works. Many people like to buy products or start harsh treatments without knowing what they do. It is important to know how the skin functions before using anything. First of all, your skin likes oil. Sebum, also known as an oil or fat is naturally acidic to keep bacteria away. Our skin is at a ph between 4-5-5.5 to keep acne away and healthy bacteria on our skin. The issue is humans like to strip their acidic mantle (oil) and dry out their barrier, which makes our skin OVERPRODUCE OIL AND MIXES WITH DEAD SKIN CELLS (your pore gets clogged). You are breaking out because you have dead skin cells sitting on your surface that aren't being properly shed. You have DRY dead skin cells. Our skin knows how to desquamate or shed unless the barrier is dry and damaged. We have certain enzymes that shed our skin but when it's disrupted we get inflammation or dry skin or acne. Our skin needs to be properly balanced with the right amount oil and water, similar to our natural barrier. Too much oil, you get acne. Too much dead skin you get acne. Cleansers and certain alkaline products do this (SOAP). Think about it: Why do you think some of your friends who do nothing to their skin have great skin? They aren't stripping the acidic mantle, or oil from their skin. Most of these people probably cleanse once a night or never. Now I'm going to tell you what to do for clear skin FOREVER.
At night ONCE A NIGHT: Use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (not the daily facial one) for thirty seconds up to a minute max. Why? cleansing the skin too long causes dryness which in turn causes skin cells to dry out and clog your pores. They stick to the pore and do not know how to exfoliate properly. You need to keep skin acidic. If you cleanse too long skin becomes alkaline and a breeding ground for bacteria to invade.
Next: Apply Cetaphil Moisturizing CREAM (not lotion): With your palms melt this moisturizer on your face. Do not rub!!!!! Pat it into your skin so it absorbs. This cream is in a range of 4.5-5.5. It will keep acne away by being acidic and providing water to the skin that aids in exfoliation/desquamates. Never I mean ever again scrub your skin, rub it hard, never. Moisturizers exfoliate the skin that's a secret. People think they have to scrub and get rid of those dead skin cells that cause acne. NOPE. A moisturizer with oil and water will dissolve dead skin in about an hour and you'll glow. So as I was saying...melt it into your skin and put your finger on your face and if you see oil, good job. That oil is going to dissolve those dead skin cells that cause pore blockage (in about an hour your skin will glow bc all the dead skin went bye bye). Now when you pat it, pat it for about ten seconds or 15. You don't want to be patting it too long or rubbing. You also can sweep it on your face in an outward motion or downward. The point is youre applying heat to the moisturizer. and you are dabbing/patting You can even rub the moisturizer in your hands first then swipe it on your face (that works wonders). What you just did is you made the moisturizer absorb better into your skin and you created a barrier from air and harsh winds. Your skin needs to stay moisturized in order to be acne-free. Acne medications do get rid of acne bc they increase cell turnover and shedding as I mentioned, but guess what???????? MOISTURIZERS DO THAT TOO EXCEPT IT DOESNT DRY OUT YOUR SKIN. People who have healthy skin have acidic skin and moisturized skin. Okay so back to the regimen....you cleanse ONCE A NIGHT AND APPLY THIS CREAM. THIS PROCESSS SHOULD NOT INCLUDE RUBBING, SCRUBBING, LONG EXPOSURE TO WATER (DRIES YOUR SKIN OUT). Oh and when you shower, keep your face away from water. Let water touch your skin only at the sink, once a night. Why??? bc water is a ph of 7 which is neutral not acidic. Also tap water has chlorine and salts which are drying and slow down the shedding of dead skin cells. In the morning, don't do anything at allllllllll. washing your face too much causes dry skin which causes that combination skin aka acne! comfortable skin is acne-free. When using the moisturizer, pat it in for not that long so you also let the water in the moisturizer get trapped in the skin to effectively exfoliate your skin. Skin needs water and oil to effectively shed. So your job is to provide a barrier overnigh, once a day, only at night. In a month, your skin will be a lotttttt better. it takes 28 days for skin to renew itself. why do u think acne meds take a while? they are shedding layers of dead skin which a moisturizer does the same thing, but bad dermatologists won't tell u that. Only the good ones will. The secret to clear skin to cleanse once a day and melting oil/water in your skin (moisturizer). have questions? message me.
the products mentioned above can be found in any drug store or supermarket and I don't work for the company btw. Those are the only products I like by cetaphil, the other ones haven't been good to me, for other reasons not due to acne. Other water in oil emulsions aka moisturizers can do fine but I just mention this one bc it's correctly ph-balanced and it has oil/water to dissolve that sticky layer that sits on your face. My skin is clear now and it glows every morning.
I would gave it a 4 stars, but I do have this love and hate relationship with this product. Yes it moisturizes, but it felt like it was just on top of the skin instead of penetrating through the layers of skin. I tried to put a light layer, and still kinda felt that it was sitting on top of skin. Also, it felt that it sometimes stings my face (which is kinda weird if this is supposed to be GENTLE and suitable for normal to dry skin and also sensitive skin as well). I think this is more ideal if you have dry skin, and also for the winter just to be put on to protect the cold weather or even dry cold weather (like where I live at). However it feels like it is doing something but not really type.
My current regimen:
Morning: Nothing (unless if there's a special event then gently cleanse with soap bar for 30 to 45 seconds, rinse, pat dry, and moisturize). If skin feeling tight/dry then slap on moisturizer (current fav vanicream cream).
Night: Cleanse with dove soap bar. If had makeup, then cleanse twice for 30 seconds. Every 2 to 5 days (or just when my skin needs it) exfoliate with a device (a baby rag towelette or hand glove exfoliate). Then use moisturizer (current fav vanicream cream).
Budget friendly?: Depending on where you buy it at and also if you buy it as a generic brand.
Does it do its purpose?: YEA-NO. Like I mentioned before, it feels like it is working but it is just right there on your skin.
Would recommend?: It doesn't hurt to try, but take at your own thanng.
Overall, it will not to try it out as a travel size to test it out. However it would be better for people who have dry skin and or who are living at a windy, cold and or dry weather.
I bought this to use with the regimine. However, this stuff is too thick and causes the BP to pill up with it and even cake in some places, no matter how long I let the BP sit. However, it is still a great moisturizer and noncomedegenic. I will still use it for my neck and body. Occasionally I’ll slather it on my face before washing if I wore makeup that day, just to take it off in a non irritating way.
I'm still giving this product 3 stars because it really helped me during my acne stage. I used it as an alternative to Dan Kern's moisturizer. Acne.Org products + this baby cleared my acne. Comes summer, I started seeing small bumps on my face like milia. Some of it were red around the eyes, some were the same color as my skin. I stopped using it. I thought I found my forever moisturizer. Use it only on colder days.
10 years ago when I was 14 my dermatologist recommended I use this for a hydrating lotion to accompany my Aczone and Differin 0.3%. I used it until I was 20 and I'm not sure why I ever changed! This was before the blue to green bottle change. They've changed the formula and added face and body moisturizers. Unbeknownst to me, I grabbed the body hydrating cream. This stuff is magic, but might be a bit too thick now for my poor face. I have severe dryness from changing skin products and this is my miracle. I do notice clogged pores, but am not sure if it's from other products to try and restore hydration. I'm going to have to try the face hydrating cream or lotion, but Cetaphil had always been my go to during the most hormonal periods of my life.
I’ve been using this along with the regimen for about 2 months, but I’ve still been getting clogged pores on my face. I realised that this moisturiser isn’t non-comodogenic, and it’s whats been clogging my pores. It has been good for the dryness of the regimen, but if it’s going to clog pores then what’s the point? Make sure your moisturiser is non-comodogenic, guys!!
Not for breakouts, IMO. Even when I had super dry tretinoin skin, this stuff made everything worse, I became a closed comedone city and am still recovering lol. Avoid if you are prone to clogged pores! May be alright with extremely dry skinned-people who have more cystic stuff.
This is a really gentle, effective moisturizer for night time use. I would NOT recommend using during the day in most circumstances. It is a CREAM moisturizer, very thick and will leave a greasy look to your face.
I like this cream. At first it causes breakouts and a stringing sensation but I think it's because my skin was dry at the time. This cream is acidic and close to the skin's natural ph which benifits skin with acne overtime. This will restore your acid mantle over time with nighttime use, one a night. Use this with the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and use no water as instructed on the bottle. If creams bother you, just use the Cleanser. Read my review on the Cleanser.
I initially didn't like this product as I thought the consistency was way too thick for regular applications. Turns out this is the only moisturizer that's strong enough to counter my flaking due to the use of BP. I now use this every night as a vital part of my regimen. I love my BP but it can really dry out my skin. This product makes sure that doesn't happen.
This is the only facial moisturizer I trust. Even though it's a cream, it goes on thin enough that it doesn't clog your pores or leave your face feeling oily or greasy. The thing to remember with this moisturizer is that less is more! I only use total two pea sized amounts each time I use it and that's enough for my entire face.
At first, I didn't like this product as it didn't help with my flakiness and was burning my skin after I had used BP. To get rid of the flakiness the only thing that worked for me was Lush "oatifix" which Is a very moisturising face mask that also helps with acne so if you are suffering from dry skin and flakes, please try that out as it worked for me. Anyway, this product is a great product for when I still get some dry skin and flakiness on my face after a facial treatment. Yes, this product doesn't really sink into your skin quickly so I suggest putting it on at night. Also, it works best after you have just had a shower and your face is still wet, slather some of this on and in the morning your face is so soft, moisturised and all flakes and dry skin is gone, trust me. I put on a very generous amount and it doesn't break me out or irritate me. It is very soothing to my skin after I had popped a few pimples as it calms it down. I would definetely recommend this product, and make sure you use it right because some people don't use it the right way which causes them not to like it. This is the only moisturiser that helps my dry skin. So please put a generous amount on after a shower while your face is still wet. :) hope this helps anyone.