Everyone's had their products and treatments that have done wonders or the opposite-So I say we make a big list as a reference point.
What's worked for me: Green tea (as a drink), Estelle-35 (BC pill), Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Complex (for scarring), drinking lots of water, time in the sun and Clean and Clear oil free mosturiser.
What hasn't worked: Differin!-It gave me horrible scars. Cleasil and delcanin T sucked too. Mino Tabs-They worked GREAT almost straight away-but as soon as you go off them you breakout really bad.
What hasn't worked: *Vitamin B5 (big waste of time, no improvement with this) *Neutrogena Benzoyl Peroxide (made my face dry and flaky) *Proactiv (liked the toner, but didn't work) *Tea Tree Oil (smelled bad and stung, AND still didn't work) *Neutrogena Acne Patch (stopped working for me) *Azelex (also made my face dry and flaky) *Differen (didn't prevent breakouts) *Paula's Choice 2% BHA (greasy and didn't prevent breakouts)
What's working: *Minocycline (keeps me clear) *Carley's Clear & Smooth (using this every night) *Skin Biology's CP Serum (fades hyperpigmentation marks) *Clinique's Emergency Mask (clay mask that shrinks blemishes overnight) *Vitamins C & E (keeps me healthy)
P.S. Until one year ago, I had moderate, cystic acne.
[This message has been edited by Evelyn (edited 02-09-2003).]
What hasn't worked
-Ortho-Tricyclen <-- gave me cystic acne I never had before
-Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash
-Any Neutrogena make up. Made my skin dry and it doesn't cover.
-Dermalogica products. What a rip off.
What has worked
-Those clearasil creams. They worked wonders for me in high school. Haven't used them since.
-Erythromycin topical solution. Helped me sooo much when I broke out from BC's. Now a year later I think my skin has built tolerance for it.
-Jojoba oil (love this stuff!)
-Paula's Choice products (esp. 2% BHA liquid)
-Oil of Olay Daily Facials (the normal skin one, not the oily skin one-too irritating)
-Stridex Body Wash (I've trid every medicated wash there is, and this is the only one that helps me)
-Physician's Formula green/light duo concealer (looks like a lipstick tube-stays on really well)
-Proactiv (does this stuff work for anybody?)
-Differin (didn't do a thing)
-Retin-A Micro (not strong enough)
-Neutrogena Body Wash and Scrub stuff (always makes me break out)
-Tea Tree Oil (doesn't do anything but smell bad)
-Oxy Vanishing Cream BP(vanishing? it leaves indelible white streaks all over my face!)
-Biore Nose Strips (you think they're doing something, but really they're only making things worse)
-Murad Acne (very expensive; very useless)
-Burt's Bees wild lettuce soap (I never really felt clean; there was kind of a soapy residue, but I do like the lettuce toner)