Question by : What cleanser, toner and moisturizer to use for moderate acne?
Hello everyone, I am suffering from moderate acne and ive been trying to clear it up for many years now. I tried acne free severe, tooth paste, and other cleansers, but it hasnt helped too much.
I am planning on buying the neutrogena acne wash for cleansing, but I would like to know what toner and moisturizer to buy with it. At this point in time i use clean and clear acne 3-1 face wash. It makes my skin very dry and im not sure if its even helping too much.
Answer by spookykid313
Most acne products in the store all have the same active ingredient: salicylic acid. Read the labels; you will be suprised! SA does very little for me; though it does help to maintain sloughing.
What works for me is this: Day cleanser: Clean and Clear 10% Benzoyl Peroxide (Walgreens)
Evening and Night: Wash with Nubian Heritage African Black Soap (Health food stores or online at nubianheritage.com; look for it in the ‘bar soap’ section)
Toner: Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion (Ulta or online)
Spot Treatment: Mario Badescu Drying Cream or Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (Walmart)
Twice a week: Use a salicylic acid cleanser 1x a day; replacing the Black Soap wash, but in addition to the BP morning wash. (take your pick; they’re a dime a dozen)
Once a week: Exfoliate. St. Ives Daily Microdermabrasion (walmart or drugstore)
Once a week for six weeks: 50% glycolic acid peel. I only buy this from– http://cgi.ebay.com/1oz-50-GLYCOLIC-PEEL-SOLUTION-/150478022488?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0
They have great prices and fast shipping.
You may want to ask your doctor for Clindamycin lotion 1%. I have this on hand at all times for the occasional cystic acne freak-out, which is usually stress-induced in my case.
A note on glycolic peels: If you have sensitive skin, you may want to start out with the 30% (I have tough skin lol) You build up your time with it (leave it on 1 min the first time, the next week leave on for 2 minutes, etc) and be sure to not expose your face to the sun afterwards, and I mean the whole six-week time frame. Use a gentle sunscreen for the face. It burns a bit during and after treatment, and your face will feel almost sunburned…..at least, that’s my experience. You do this once a week for six weeks. It makes a huge difference in pore size, oiliness, skin texture, hyperpigmentation, and fine lines. The company I mentioned above gives you complete instructions with whatever you buy.
Everything I have mentioned here is VERY affordable.
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