Over the past few months, it seems very common that majority of my friends are suffering from adult acne (not to be confused with Rosacea). Last year when we started planning our wedding I noticed a large breakout, and this annoyance is still around. Before I had the occasional pimple around "my time of the month"...I'd put some toothpaste on it and it would subside. However, my skin now transitioned into consistently having Acne.
Here are a few products I have tested, loved,stopped using...and so on...
1. I first started with Mario Badescu's Glycolic Acid Toner and popular Drying Lotion. I bought the toner because it was alcohol free, yet still effective at exfoliating with 2% Gylcolic Acid and Grapefruit Extract. I did get bored with this toner and moved to another product soon after. Do not shake the Drying Lotion, just dip a Q-Tip into the pink layer, and than apply as a spot treatment. This isn't the cutest look, since you must wear it over night...
2. The Clarisonic tools make you reconsider "clean" skin. Read about the difference here. The plus is nice for the body, but I use my Mia more frequently because it fits into my hand perfectly...and my travel bag!
3. Good ol' Clinique 3-Step!! I NEVER had a "routine" for my skincare due to my anxiousness to try new products, but I have now gone through my second purchase with 3-Step and will most likely continue to use it. The Liquid Facial Soap for Oily Skin is my formula of choice, it does not leave my skin feeling tight at all. It also pairs nicely with the Clarisonic. When I first started the Clarifying Lotion #3 it tingled! It doesn't tingle anymore, and I kinda miss it. My hubby is obsessed with this pink bottle, he uses it on his face and chest, so we go through this bottle pretty fast. Lastly, I chose the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel because I like the light feeling it offers. (Just a note, you will need more hydration this is only going to balance the skin, and there is no SPF.) Ladies, this is a perfect trio for you and your man to share!
4. Kiehl's Kiehl's Kiehl's...You have seen this Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque here before. I apply it in my T-Zone at least once a week, while I vacuum or fold laundry. It's a five minute masque, and it's my favorite masque, YES, my FAVORITE!! I use the Pore Refining Toner now and than, eventually I will try the cleanser and lotion. During the P.M I will sometimes use the Over-Night Biological Peel, this helps to reduce the look (size) of pores.
DDF's Acne Control Treatment. I only apply it where I need it...after my moisturizer, day and night. It drys up the acne, so make sure you are only using where and when needed. It's quite magical!!!
Once again, toothpaste is a great (cheap) remedy if you have nothing else. Aquafresh is what I would recommend.