I am female, 40 years old, dealt with acne forever. In the past I have taken antibiotics, used RetinA, Benzyol Perioxide, Accutane all with mixed success. I have had three children in the last 4 years so I haven't taken anything or used anything topical for several years. The acne flared during my pregnancies but I just lived with it. My third child was born 9 months ago and my acne has been consistently present since she was born. My acne is concentrated on my cheeks and forehead, with some on my jawline. I was using Dove sensitive bar soap and Aveeno lotion. I want to find better cleansing and moisturizing products.
I found your site and have placed two product orders. I started using Coral Kavi two times a day, witch hazel as toner twice a day, and SPF 30 in the morning and Hyaluronic Acid 95 at night. After two days I could see the color of my skin was improved and the bumps I had were starting to heal. But by the end of the first week my skin was very dry and tight. I ordered DermaWash and Salicylic Acid 8. I stopped using Coral and started washing twice daily with DermaWash and using SPF 30 morning and Hyaluronic Acid 95 evening. My skin got a little better but was still dry and new large bumps were forming daily. I have done two Salicylic Acid 8 peels for 20 seconds, one week apart. The first went well, the second left my skin very dry and flaky I have read your feedback to others on the forum and have now scaled back my product use. Right now I am seeing my dry skin start to improve, but bumps are still forming. My current regime (as of this last week) is:
morning: cleanse with water, use SPF 30
evening: cleanse with DermaWash, witch hazel as toner, Hyaluronic Acid 95, and spot treat bumps with Salicylic Acid 8
1) My skin tingles a little after using DermaWash and I have to moisturize after cleansing with it because my skin feels tight. Do you suggest I try a different cleanser? Or do I need more time to adjust to DW?
2) Do you believe there will be any benefit to me using your toner instead of witch hazel?
3) Do you think I should use the Glycolipidic Moisturizer in addition to the Hyaluronic Acid 95?
4) I want to have something to use as spot treatment. Salicylic Acid 8 is having a positive impact, but it is taking 4-5 days to heal bumps. I am curious about trying SA 15 for spot treatment only. Do you recommend I try that, or should I try the Sulfur Suspension as spot treatment?