Proactiv + Thayer's Rosewater Witch Hazel Toner = Heavensent! (Cystic acne + dry combination skin)
I've had awful acne since the fourth grade, and I mean constant severe cystic acne due to natural hormones and stress. I've tried everything, from the drugstore to multiple prescriptions from the doctor, you name it, I've used it. Nothing seemed to really get rid of the acne. Then I tried Proactiv. It lessened my acne and redness significantly in just a few weeks. It was sadly the last thing I tried since I was skeptical from all the gimmicky infomercials. Don't let that deter you. Anyway, so as well as my skin has been reacting to the 3-Step System, it absolutely sucks the life out of my skin in the winter, so I only use Proactiv before I go to bed. Even the Step 3 Moisturizer has Benzoyl Peroxide in it. My grey pillow has been bleached orange'But it works for me, so whatever. Less acne is great, but flaky skin with a little acne is not a good look' This winter, I found my skin exceptionally flaky and I had some red scarring, so I started looking for help. Regular moisturizers tend to over-moisturize me and break me out, however I do use Neutrogena's face lotion before I apply makeup in the morning. I came across Thayer's Rosewater Witch Hazel toner, but it had mixed reactions. Some love it, some think it breaks them out. I thought, 'What the heck, might as well'� and ordered it from the Thayer's website. I love everything rose, so if you like a strong rose smell, I suggest this toner. When I received it, I put it in a tiny spray bottle and hoped it would work. Surprisingly, this stuff is awesome! After one night, my skin felt like it had life again, and with constant use for the past few weeks, I've noticed even less acne and redness than before. In the morning after I wake up, I spritz it all over my face, add lotion and then sunscreen and go for makeup. Before bed, I use my Proactiv system: wash, BP toner, moisturizer, and then Thayer's. As a superbly acne-prone person who's been dealing with breakouts for years upon years, I don't think this stuff would break someone out at all unless they were allergic or the toner was removing impurities already underneath the skin. I don't think I have an issue with the latter since I'm already removing impurities with my Proactiv. Everyone's skin is different, so just find what works for you. I hope this helps someone!