I mention my battle with acne pretty frequently as well as what I try to do to combat it. After years of testing, experimenting with products and exhausting all my options I thought, why not share my findings with the world? These are the products I go back to most often in my battle with my face enemy, i.e. acne, zits, life ruiners, or whatever you want to call them.
Tretinoin cream is the crown jewel in my skincare regime. It’s a reliable treatment that almost ALL dermatologists recommend for acne and anti-aging–it prevents acne and wrinkles! Not to mention it diminishes the appearance of scars and reduces hyperpigmentation. Tretinoin is derived from vitamin A, which renews and regenerates skin cells. If used correctly tretinoin can save your skin. I mean it, it’s the best thing ever! The only downside is that it is available by prescription only. I got mine at yoderm.com which makes the process way easier.
I got this mask on a whim when I was in the abyss of weird skin care shopping on Amazon. I am so glad I did! At first I wasn’t so sure about it but kept using it anyway. What I realized with this mask is that it works amazingly as a spot treatment and reduces the size of pimples overnight! The price is not bad and the amount of mask that comes inside lasts a really long time.
I had been reading about acne spot patches for a while, before noticing and purchasing them on Amazon since the price was so inexpensive. Then I noticed several other companies that make their own version, a good thing because more products mean improved ease of purchase when your supply is running low. Lately, I’ve been using C&C patches, and I have to say they are magic for those really big honkin’ zits that hurt. They work best with bigger pimples but won’t do much for smaller ones like whiteheads. These patches are so useful when I have a major event to attend the next day. I highly recommend acne patches if you don’t have to deal with acne on the reg; they are just the thing for that one annoying zit that shows up around your period.
I got this in my La Roche-Posay Influencer sample Voxbox. Even though I’ve only used this for the past few months it is now a zit-zapping staple in my skin care regime. It has loads of zit fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and lipo-hydroxy acid, plus it’s French! Seriously, though, the medication combo in this zit cream is working! It’s a little bit drying but not terribly so. Great for medium-sized zits and can help reduce the size of big ones as well.
Have you met my friend Mario Badescu?! Mario Badescu is one of my favorite companies! Their products are gentle on my skin, affordable and last forever! Their drying lotion is some serious stuff. It should come with a smell warning! I use this on all different kinds of pimples and have seen them dry up quickly. However, if I have an open pimple (i.e., one where I’ve committed the ultimate sin of picking) or just feel like my skin is very sensitive I will not use the drying lotion.
This stuff is amazing for those who can handle the sting and smell.
So I discovered these because the amazing dermatologist I used to go to recommended them to me. Although it is VERY expensive, this stuff is so worth it! I actually use this on my body more than face. I have a lot of scars from bacne and eczema, and these pads help me deal with the scarring as well as the active acne. Glycolic acid is amazing for your skin! It exfoliates your dead skin cells, leaving your skin brighter and smoother. I encourage you to add this item to your skin care bag of tricks.
So this is another product I use mainly on my body for breakouts on my upper half. It smells bad and has a stickiness to it so I only use it at night in a ragged shirt. I like it for my body, as I don’t get intense pimples there so much as annoying small bumps. It’s easy to spread on in those hard-to-reach areas. It is also cheap and you can get it your local drugstore.
Here is yet another body acne product. I like to make sure the product I use on my body won’t clog my pores. Tea tree is a great antibacterial ingredient that combats my acne. I will use any body wash with tea tree in it and experiment with different brands. Most of them have worked wonderfully. I recently got my latest supply through Amazon.
That was a long list of products! I don’t use them all at once or even every day, but it’s good to know which products are effective and easy to find when you need them the most.
Hope this list helps you defeat the epidermal enemies!