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Best Products/Face washes to clear acne??
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Hi everyone, I'm 18 and I have acne mostly on my forehead and some on my cheeks. I have pretty oily skin and I use the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser and the Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner. They work okay, like some days are better than others, but they have never really gotten rid of my acne. I recently ordered the St. Ives St. Ives Blemish & Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub and the St. Ives Green Tea Scrub to see if they would be any better. I'm not sure it would help though, any thoughts? Thanks everyone! xx

Hi everyone,
Thank you so much for all the feedback! Much appreciated. I found out that Sephora carries the Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Overnight Repair Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Pads. Is that a type of product that would help? xx
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The Philosophy Pads sound great, anything with Salicylic Acid is going to kill bacteria. Tea Tree Oil, like the one found at Body Shop, is another really good bacteria fighter. I really like 1117's tip on using tumeric. Tumeric is one of the super spices/ingredients that's supposed to work wonders on fighting inflammation, both internally and externally.


Afterall, that's what acne is - the body's external response to inflammation. Cinnamon also fights inflammation as lemon and other citric fruits, kiwi, strawberries, have enzymes that exfoliate and brighten the skin. Oatmeal, honey, yogurt, and aloe are good skin soothers. I believe  the brand Korres carries a yogurt mask too if you want to try (...or just make your own). Definitely look into the mud masks, they work really well for drying up excess oil on the skin. The key is balancing the oil; not too little, not too much. Clinique has a good line for oily skin that's more in the affordable range.


I actually tried Proactiv and it burned the heck out of my skin. I was left with clearer skin, I guess, but not without burning off a few layers - let alone sensitivity to sunlight! Forget sun tanning!


Honestly, it's just something you're gonna have to play around with to find the right balance and see what works for your skin. I'm entering a phase where my skin is changing and I don't require heavy duty drying agents to fight acne, but the rules still apply here: eat well, DRINK water, and don't aggitate your skin too much with soaps/lotions/stripping alcohols. And don't ever sleep with makeup on either unless you want 30 days of pus-like acne. No one wants that. In the end, it's gonna do it's own thing based on what your hormones feel like doing, which you cannot control. We just try to do the best to manage it!


p.s. ALSO, just read this online!

"Dandelion helps clear acne. Acne is often caused by hormonal changes. During hormonal fluctuations, the sebaceous glands secrete extra oil. When mixed with dead skin the pores can get blocked, preventing toxic substances from escaping. This blockage causes infection and results in acne. The diuretic and detoxing nature of dandelion helps to regulate hormones facilitating removal of toxins through sweat, bile and urine."

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