Products I Have Tried During My Acne Days
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I have accumulated a lot of used products that I stashed for later in the region of storage where the sun don’t shine, and forgotten - in my closet - and had been there gathering dust, and so some of them don’t look presentable anymore. But then came this problem that I’m not an acne sufferer anymore, so the collection became even more forgotten.
I do still get some spots sometimes, but less often and even so just little ones compared to the daily acne I used to get in sizeable portions. To give you an idea of how severe my acne problem was: I used to get one to three acne spots every day and this went on for many years. They were usually those red bumps, those hidden waiting-to-surface bumps and sometimes those benign-but-there white spots. You can’t simply cover them up with concealers or foundations - the bumps are still noticeable; and then you’re simply in a dilemma whether to use more makeup to cover, or less [and less often] since you need to let your skin heal.
I can’t really pinpoint one thing that made my skin clear. But from my observations I have found out a few things:
- never aggravate skin or impede cell renewal with makeup etc. I used just one product as a base on my skin, either a foundation, powder or BB cream, and washed them as soon as possible.
- to use a specific treatment for acne; a regular skincare alone won’t be much help.
- to exfoliate skin so that newer cells are revealed and damaged cells exfoliated.
- to have ‘treatment’ from inside such as supplements or food that promote cell renewal or have healing properties. I used to drink prune juice and carrot juice; and take vitamin C, fish oil, collagen, and recently Coenzyme Q10. For supplements, I don’t take them all at once, I stick to one or two supplements at one time.
Back to the ‘stash’ of mine, it brings back memories to see all of the skincare I have used. I have thrown away some of them otherwise there would be more from this ‘collection’. I’m going to throw away these bottles once and for all but before that…
Acne-Specific SkincareIf I can pick two products that have helped me keep my acne under control they would be Rodan & Fields Proactiv Solution and Sage Skin Care. I think it was the Proactiv Solution set that I tried first and bought it twice, with Sage Skin Care in between; and Proactiv being the last ‘acne skincare‘ I used.
Non Acne-Specific Skincare
The thing I have with [facial] moisturisers is that, I do believe in hydration as your skin will become even more oily to compensate for the dryness after washing which usually strips off natural oil from your skin. But I don’t like the stickiness which moisturisers leave my skin after a few hours. That, and since moisturisers for the face are generally more expensive, I have decided to move on to an all-around or a gentle body moisturiser as mentioned above. That way I can simply pat some on my face while using them on my hands.
I don’t remember much of the rest of the skincare. But I remember that Oxy 5 Vanishing Formula helped to accelerate the whole acne cycle. If you have that ‘hidden’ acne, it will help it come out and show itself, and if you have that white spot it will dry it out quickly. I used Oxy to spot-treat only and did not spread the lotion all over my face. I remember using Oxy 10 at one point but don’t have the empty tube here. The 10 is a stronger version and helped clear my acne faster but was also the most drying.
I don’t remember much of Sopstitute except that it was a sign of my desperation and it made my skin very greasy and did not do much in terms of clearing up the skin.
I don’t remember Neutrogena Radiance Essence the most, but judging from the large amount of product left in the bottle I think it didn’t help in any way or I was not comfortable in some way with the product.
Anyway, your experience with any of these products might be different. I have stayed relatively clear for many years. What those acne years have taught me is that there isn’t any one thing you can do to clear up your skin permanently, but a combination of things, as mentioned above, done diligently and consistently.
& Buy- Proactiv 3-Step Acne Treatment System (30-day) Starter Size [Amazon]
- Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher [Estée Lauder]
- Avène Soothing Hydrating Serum 30ml [eBay]
- OXY Maximum Strength OXY 10 Acne Treatment 25g [Amazon]