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November 21, 2011 at 8:00 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Acne Products Review

By Claire Franklin More Blogs by This Author

I am a beauty product junkie.

For me, part of the fun in going shopping is walking through a large department store and stopping at the makeup counters. I love cosmetics, but my real passion is skin care products. I’m always looking for the latest and greatest product to make my skin glow, brighten my complexion and in general, make me feel beautiful.

Having said that, I also need to be frank and confess that I have wasted a lot of money on products that never should have been carried through my front door. In some cases, these products harmed my skin and I had to go through a healing process. Other scenarios gave way to me staring at the product in wonder because it did absolutely nothing that it promised to do.

I still continue to try new products on a regular basis, but I try to be a little more discriminating. This is especially true since I am more prone to acne breakouts now than 10 years ago.

MY PICK! ProNexin - Review

On that note, my very favorite face wash that I just began using is ProNexin. After another recent bout of breakouts around that time of the month, I researched gentle cleansers that allegedly combat acne. I found ProNexin and was instantly drawn to it because the ingredients are 100 percent natural. Included in ProNexin, for instance, are aloe vera, white willow and tea tree oil.

It’s moderately priced, so I ordered it from the ProNexin website. My breakouts were gone within just two days of the first use, and my skin has been clean and clear since.

The formula is non-drying, and I only need a very small amount to wash my face and neck. That means one bottle will likely last between three and four months. ProNexin is a great product for anyone who is acne-prone and needs a face wash formulated to keep skin clear.

NOT FOR ME. Elizabeth Arden's Good Morning Skin Serum - Review

Another mistake I’ve made in the last 90 days is with Elizabeth Arden’s Good Morning Skin Serum.

This is touted as a prep serum for morning. After using this prior to makeup application, skin is supposed to be soft and bright, thus negating the need for as much makeup.

Like the Thayers, this serum does leave skin soft. It didn’t brighten my complexion, however, and I think it getting layered under my makeup actually clogged my pores.

Women who aren’t prone to acne might enjoy this product. Those who are, however, should skip it and stick to the basics of cleansing, toning and moisturizing before morning makeup application.

NEVER AGAIN! Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner - Review

Prior to the breakouts I mentioned earlier, I decided to change my face toner because I believed the one I traditionally use was contributing to my acne. In the past, I have read great things about Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel toner, including its ability to cleanse and moisturize. So I promptly went to my local health food store and purchased a bottle. This brand is slightly more expensive than my ordinary toner, but I figured the cost would be well worth the results.

I was wrong.

While Thayers does moisturize the skin, it’s not ideal for those who are acne-prone, like me.

My skin was an absolute mess just 24 hours after my first use. Although it was indeed soft and moisturized – I tend to have very dry skin – every inch of my face was covered in tiny red zits. I was mortified, but at the time I didn’t pinpoint Thayers toner as the culprit. I continued using the product largely for the moisturizing effects. This was a mistake, because my acne only got worse with each use.

I finally caught on after about 10 days, and I immediately stopped using Thayers. The next morning, my skin had already slightly improved. This product should not be used by anyone who suffers breakouts.

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1 Comment

  • Jeany, thanks so much for posting this! I've always prided myself on my skin but lately I've been having some serious issues (not normal acne - possibly rosacea or some kind of sensitivity) so I appreciate this insight. I'll definitely look into ProNexin.

    Any thoughts on a good moisturizer (preferably natural) to use for people with really sensitive skin?

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