Topical Antibacterial
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Topical Antibacterial
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Note: Benzoyl peroxide clears the skin completely when applied correctly.
Topical Antibacterial
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Topical Antibacterial’s Real World Take
It’s been a staple of acne treatment for decades for a reason. When used properly it can completely clear the skin and it is widely available and affordable. Comes with annoying side effects for the first few weeks and can bleach fabric.
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August 14, 2020
Great products!

I have been using carley’s for about a month now, maybe a little more than that.  First of all, my acne is fairly mild now due to the fact that I take birth control.  Before carley’s, I was using the Neutrogena pink grapefruit exfoliating scrub which actually helped my skin a lot overall.  I would moisturize with their “Sensitive Skin” moisturizer which is still one of the best I’ve ever used.  Anyways, I was tired of getting the random and unnecessary breakouts so I decided to look around for something involving a more structured routine for acne.  I stumbled across carley’s and decided to give it a try.  Well, I can definitely say that overall, my skin texture and appearance has improved drastically.  I follow the routine exactly as instructed (it’s very easy to use) and use the natural soap on my body as well since I can get small breakouts on my chest and back occasionally.  My skin looks great!  I have also been using the morning and evening moisturizers and they’ve been great and not oily at all.  

I do still get the occasional breakout but it is way more manageable and within a day or two, the pimple dries up and is barely visible.  I will still use a BP spot treatment cream to spot treat but it’s rare that I have to do so.  

overall, I love these products and will continue to use them indefinitely.  I still have a little over half a bottle of the medicated treatment left, it really lasts!  The natural soap is cheap for me to buy in bulk and I swear by it for smoother and clearer skin.  

this is definitely not a “miracle product” and of course results will vary since most acne is hormonal as we all know.  If you want to improve your skin’s texture and lessen break outs, give this stuff a try!  Not to mention, the owners of the company as so nice and responsive to any emails with questions or comments.  I highly recommend carley’s! 

August 12, 2020
Do Not Buy

DO NOT BUY! I have been using the product for a while and this is my 3rd time buying, first two times i have received great results, however, this last batch received in June feels like i am going backwards, i believe they have changed the ingredients... this one is now bleaching my bedding to the point i have to bin them, the previous batches didn’t.  DO NOT BUY - the company will not give me a refund either - returning the product from Uk to Us will probably cost me more money and time! Which it isn’t worth. 

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August 12, 2020
Product used: The Regimen
Been a loyal user for 10 years

BEST treatment on the market. Reasonably priced and worked miracles (for me). Started way back in high school when adolescent acne first hit me in the face like a brick. I was embarrassed and willing to try anything. After trying and using it religiously (2x a day), much of my worst acne cleared up significantly within months. 10 years later, now at 26, my genetics and pubescent hormones have backed off but I still use the Regimen to take good care of my skin and prevent stress (and bad genetic related) acne.  


Truthfully, as advice on their packaging/website suggest, it took a looong time before my face was acclimated to the strong 'medicine' present in the Benzol Peroxide. And everyone's body/skin chemistry is likely different. But for me, after weeks of ramping up usage slowly, BP quickly became my best friend in reducing inflammation/whiteheads. Any flaking or irritation following use of the BP became a non-issue after a while. The cleanser and BP were absolutely bomb and the most useful parts of the Regimen. Moisturizer (for my already intensely oily skin) was sometimes overkill and I only ended up using it longterm about 1-2x a WEEK... if I used it at all. All throughout college, I just survived on the BP. Glycolic Acid, which I recently only discovered post-college (~23 y.o.) was also a game changer. My face, after years of on and off Regimen use, reacted fine to it... albeit it pretty red in the mornings at first (I mean it's a chemical face mask what do you expect). And I only used 1x a week. This one has quickly become a go-to of mine for when I'm experiencing a bad stress breakout. I'll use an AHA mask and by morning, things are cleared up.

August 6, 2020
Seeking Advice

Okay sooo I've been using the regimen for 2 years now and I will say that it definitely cleared up my skin for the most part (Male, 21, oily) after using so many different washes, antibiotics, etc... However, after about a year and a half in, my acne has come back (not as severe) even though I have stuck to this regimen night and day every single day. Over time I found what worked best for me was: cleanser or Cetaphil gentle cleanser B.P Treatment 

-Cera Ve Moisturizing Cream

-CLEAN DIET aka no dairy

So what I'm trying now is adding Jojoba Oil with the moisturizer (always was hesitant bc my skin is VERY oily) and so far haven't seen results. I've only been doing this for a month so definitely not enough time to tell. But if there are any men out there with oily skin that by some chance have had a similar situation please let me know if there is anything you switched up with the routine or if there is something you found that works for your oily skin. Thanks :)

July 27, 2020
My life changer


July 18, 2020
Worked for my Post-Menopausal Break-Outs

I have been wanting to write a review for the Treatment 2.5% for quite some time. This will only apply to *ahem* older ladies like myself who still suffer from annoying break-outs. I never had pimples with pus..rather just a regular dose of red angry bumps mostly on both cheeks.  Since my teenage daughter was having success with the products, I decided to try the treatment myself on my cheeks only.  This was two years ago, and I haven't had any recurrence of the red bumps since.  I give full credit to the 2.5% treatment gel and hope my success may encourage "mature ladies"  with skin break-outs to give this a try.....was definitely a win-win for me.



July 18, 2020
Not for me

To be fair, I have only been using the product for two weeks. However I am not new to benzoyl peroxide. I used to use Clinique's 2.5% BP cream for 8 years until they discontinued it. I have been looking for an a new acne treatment since. I started using a 5% BP that was working at keeping my breakouts away, but it was a little too drying for me (even with moisturizing), which is why I decided to give this a try. I understand that this product could cause initial purging however downgrading from a 5% BP to 2.5% should not have caused one in the first place (especially as bad as the one I am having now) , considering my skin was relatively clear with a few breakouts here and there at a certain time. My skin got pretty bad within the last two weeks (the worst its been since I was a teen), which is why I am giving up only after two weeks and going back to my 5%. The new breakouts I am getting are definitely more painful and red, they also linger for some time, which is why I am not sure if this is an initial purging period, or my skin just doesn't like it. The reason I gave 2 stars instead of 1 is because it did not dry me out or cause any irritation. It didn't even feel like I was using a BP treatment. I believe that 2.5% is strong enough and not everyone needs 5/10%, but I am not sure that this exact one works for me. My personal advice to someone starting out BP for the first time, don't give up after 2 weeks like me, stick to it for AT LEAST a month, because you might be purging in the beginning. In my case, I don't think I am due to my past experience with BP (which has never really caused purging in the first place). If you're switching from another BP treatment that was working well to this and keep having a bad reaction, I suggest going back to the old BP. The 5% I was using was medical grade and a lot more expensive than this, which was another reason I wanted to switch, but if it keeps my breakouts away, I am willing to spend the money! 

Update: I went back to my 5% BPO and my inflamed red breakouts have calmed down and are healing. This BPO was definitely causing a bad reaction and not purging, considering the breakouts weren't small and in the regular areas but were red and inflamed all over. 

July 13, 2020
Product used: The Regimen
Be patient, be consistent, and be gentle with your skin

I just finished my 3rd week on the regimen and I couldn't be happier with the results. I had never experienced severe acne, I had more of a moderate acne which would get a little worse around that time of the month and my skin used to be super red all the time, especially around my cheeks and chin. The first week and onto the 2nd week on the regimen I got a little breakout (as it is stated on the website) and i had read about that prior to starting the regimen so I did not freak out. But that cleared up very quickly. My face got super super super dry and flaky at the end of 1st week and all 2nd week. I went on youtube and search for videos and found that some people who use the regimen use some sort of face oil to exfoliate. (keep in mind, I haven't started using the AHA glycolic acid yet because the instructions says to start that only after being on the regimen for a month) So since I use jojoba oil with the moisturizer to help with dryness, I did what people suggested on youtube and went ahead and exfoliated my face using just jojoba oil and my finger tips (gently doing circular motions all over my face) It worked! This happened the 3rd week. My skin is naturally oily but im loving the extra moister because of how dry I got from the benzoyl peroxide(the treatment). I haven't been able to wear any makeup, I did try putting on makeup and it just looked terrible due to the peeling and dryness. But I do not care at this point, my skin is acne free, the only thing I gotta work on from now on is fading the scarring from old acne. SO FAR SO GOOD. Thank you for boosting up my confidence and self-esteem. I hope that in a couple of weeks I can wear some makeup though, I miss getting all dolled up :) <3 

The reason I gave it 4 stars is because I haven't been on the regimen for that long and I believe my skin will get even clearer and smoother as time goes. 

July 5, 2020
Esperando resultados

hace tres semanas que me llego mi producto, lo compre en Amazon y la verdad esta mas caro ah y me tardo en llegar en fin el punto es que les dar mi resea de estas 3 semanas, el primer da que me lo aplique fue normal, no sent nada raro, pero como a los 3 das de aplicación empece a sentir mi piel irritada, me arda moderadamente, y con los das empece a ver que mi piel se escamaba y as fue por el tiempo que llevo us;ndolo 3 semanas, algo que no me gusta es que al escamarse la piel no puedo usar maquillaje ya que se ve feo puesto y eso es normal y lógico ya que el rgimen esta actuando, en la semana 2 me salieron dos barros en mi mejilla y la verdad me dolan mucho (esos dos granos siempre me han salido en esa parte de la mejilla no se porque, quiz; porque esa ;rea tiene infección, en fin tambin me salieron unos barritos chiquitos en la barbilla pero no como acn sino como un barrito  normales, estoy siguiendo el rgimen tal cual es y por ahora si veo que ha apagado los granos que tenia les adjunto unas fotos de hace 3 semanas atr;s y las de ahora, algo de lo que me he dado cuenta es que ahora tengo mas abiertos los poros 









July 5, 2020
Product used: The Regimen
my skin seems to have an allergic reaction

Hello. I was actually really looking forward to using the regimen, and also expectet great results, but now i regret even buying it.

I was on day 14 of the 3 step regimen (cleanser, treatment, moistrizer) and was using the products according to the instructions. (I didn't use any other products for the last two weeks) I woke up this morning with my skin feeling extremely itchy and red. It looks like got a sunburn all over my face. I am not sure, but I suspect my skin reacted allerigic to one of the products, probaby the benzoyl peroxide?

Obviously I won't be using it again, which is really upsetting since I spent quite a lot of money on the skincare products.

Finding a Doctor

The right dermatologist can make a big difference to your patient experience and the success of your acne treatment plan. Here are the steps to find a dermatologist who is a good fit:

  1. Use the search feature on the American Academy of Dermatology website to look for board-certified dermatologists in your area, and filter the search results for doctors with a special interest in treating acne.
  2. Read online patient reviews of any dermatologists you are considering and ask people you know whether they have any experience with these dermatologists.
  3. Do your research and go to your first appointment with questions prepared.
  4. Listen to what your gut feeling tells you once you see a dermatologist in person. If you are not completely comfortable, try a different dermatologist.

Finding a Doctor

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Be sure to:

  • Look at before and after photos, the more the better, especially patients with similar scarring to your own.
  • Be realistic about results. Look for improvement, not a cure.

Questions to ask a potential scar revision specialist:

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  • Can I speak to some of your other patients? Ask for references for several patients who had similar scarring and speak to them about the process and their satisfaction with results.

Red flags:

  • Their story changes: As you discuss different treatment options, if they tend to change their mind easily, or agree with whatever you say, consider this a red flag. A confident, experienced surgeon will possess strong, unwavering opinions.
  • Your gut tells you "no": Trust your gut. If you just don't feel that the doctor is the right fit, trust that and move on. On the other hand, if you feel they are the perfect specialist for you, trust that feeling.