We all know the saying “beauty is pain”, well this has never been more true when discussing certain acne treatments. In high school I had an absolute impossible time trying to control my breakouts. My Mother, bless her soul, would even allow me to stay home from school if it was so bad that I didn’t want to go out in public. Seeing the effects of poor skin on my self esteem my Mother was always willing to purchase any product to help. I’ve tried everything under the sun, I’ll tell you what worked, what didn’t, and the worse beauty product I’ve ever had the displeasure to use.
Undesirable Product : Clean and Clear Three Step Acne Treatment
I thought I had tried everything until I was surfing the net and came across this set of products that had a money back guarantee. I am pleased to say that they kept good on their guarantee, but I would have preferred the product to work on my skin. I purchased the product at the local K-mart and put it to work immediately.
The set comes with a cleanser, lotion, and spot treatment. The cleanser contains Benzoyl peroxide, and the lotion and spot treatment contain Salicylic acid. I’m not sure if the concentrations were just too strong for my skin type, but I looked like I got a chemical peel after just three times using it.
The first thing that happened was my skin dried out. I just applied more of the moisturizer expecting it to hydrate my skin. I speculate that the salicylic acid did more harm than good. When my skin got really dry it made it difficult to put make up on. The makeup just soaked up in the dry areas and it turned the areas I was trying to cover up into dark orange spots that drew even more attention to me.
I only gave it three applications to realize this wasn’t for me. I thought perhaps if I stuck with it, eventually my skin would be beautiful and clear. I didn’t want to risk doing more damage so I stopped use. My skin remained dry and red for over a week of moisturizing and moisturizing, which make my skin break out further. This was just when I started college too, how embarrassing.
I learned from this ordeal that I have more sensitive skin than I thought. This helped me in my next product choice of Proactiv. I heard Proactive changed their concentration of those same chemicals by cutting them in half so they wouldn’t be harmful to the skin. They also include a green tea moisturizer to make it appropriate for even the fairest and most sensitive skin types. AcneFree is what worked for me in high school but eventually lost its effect after one year. I’ve had Proactiv for almost three years now and although my skin still isn’t flawless, it’s manageable. I’m not trying to look like an air brushed magazine model (although that would be nice), I’m just trying to be myself and not have others focus on my poor skin and my outer appearance only. Proactiv has increased my confidence and made my skin much clearer than any other product. I recommend Proactiv, and even AcneFree, but steer clear of Clean and Clear’s three-step acne fighting system.