Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub ($6.49) From the invigorating MORNING BURST® collection comes MORNING BURST® Facial Scrub. This formula is infused with Vitamin C and Ginseng, and BURSTING BEADS® which burst with energy and vitamins, and helps nourish skin. It gently cleanses and exfoliates tired-looking skin, leaving you feeling radiant and refreshed.
The Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub isn’t the best and it isn’t the worst. It does leave your skin feeling clean and refresh, but I don’t think it did very much for clearing up acne. I didn’t find the beads too harsh or irritating which is good for people with sensitive skin. It did a great job of exfoliating and removing dry skin, and the scrub also doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry and tight. The scent I can do without. I’m not a fan of citrus-y, minty smells. Though I have to admit, the scent does help give you that refreshed feeling.
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E.L.F Zit Zapper ($1) Zap zits away with the unique blend of Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor. This special clear formula helps to fight and prevent acne, reduce redness and swelling, minimize pore size and clear skin.
I was cruising up and down the aisles at Target when I spotted this bad boy. I had forgotten I always wanted to try the E.L.F Zit Zapper. I snatched it up and figured if it didn’t work, it was only $1. I also remembered reading on Lulu’s blog about how much she liked it and how well it worked for her.
The E.L.F Zit Zapper is a clear liquid that is packaged with a roller ball applicator. What I really like about the Zit Zapper is that it didn’t dry out or irritate my skin. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and it has prevented breakouts along my hairline on my forehead. It has also decreased the amount of breakouts too. The change didn’t occur immediately and over night. It was a gradual improvement. I should say that the type of acne I used the Zit Zapper on were the tiny acne. The ones where your pores are clogged from oil and dirt. I know yuck! I don’t know if it will work on the cystic ones. I use it every night, and I have yet to make a dent in the amount of product. I have a feeling it will be lasting for a few months (even with daily use!).
I can’t get over the fact that it was only $1! I’ve used acne products that cost 10, 20, 30, even 50 times more, and they didn’t work as well as the Zit Zapper. Overall, I would recommend and repurchase the E.L.F Zit Zapper.
Oxy Clinical Acne Solutions Pack ($11.99) The easy way to try the entire line of OXY® Clinical products. This convenient pack provides a 2-3 week supply of our most advanced OXY® products to date. It’s the perfect way to get on the road to clearer, healthier skin.
Each Acne Solutions Pack contains:
OXY® Clinical Advanced Face Wash
2% salicylic acid
OXY® Clinical Clearing Treatment
5% benzoyl peroxide (micro-encapsulated)
Prescription-Strength Acne Bacteria Reduction
OXY® Hydrating Therapy
0.5% salicylic acid
I was one of those lucky people who rarely had a pimple throughout their teenage years. I was even really lucky throughout college. Karma has finally caught up to me, because I now must deal with breakouts. Enter Oxy Clinical Acne Solutions Pack. The pack comes with everything you will need to combat acne: a cleanser with salicylic acid, a moisturizer also with salicylic acid, and benzoyl peroxide treatment. The first few days of using the Oxy Clinical Acne Solutions Pack was tough on my skin. I normally have oily skin and after using this, the salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide really dried out my skin. I can only imagine what it did to people with dry skin. Using all three products at once was too much for my skin to handle, so I would only the cleanser and moisturizer in the morning. At night, I would use the cleanser and the treatment followed by a heavy moisturizer.
After using the Oxy Clinical Acne Solutions Pack for almost a month, I noticed I had fewer breakouts. If I did get a pimple, the Oxy Clinical Acne Solutions Pack would dry it right up and make it disappear within a couple of days. Overall, I was happy with how much my skin improved. I’m just not sure if it is something I would try again because of how much it dried out my skin.
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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser ($7.99) Salicylic acid acne treatment. MicroClear technology. Clears breakouts. 100% Naturally derived grapefruit extract. With an uplifting blast of grapefruit plus Vitamin C, this unique formula clears blemishes and blackheads. Eliminates oil and dirt without over-drying.
This face wash is exactly like the original, Neutrogena Acne Wash Oil-Free. It didn’t prevent breakouts, dried out my face, and did nothing for the blemishes I already had. The only difference between this and the original is the grapefruit smell. If I had to choose between pink grapefruit and the original, I would choose the pink grapefruit because it smells really good.
Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment ($6.29) Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment. Maximum strength effectiveness. Less irritation, won’t dry out skin. Touch on acne, easy on your skin. Vanishing Formula – Absorbs quickly, works invisibly. Break the breakout cycle. Some medicated spot treatments contain high levels of benzoyl peroxide that can irritate skin, causing redness and dryness which can make acne worse. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment has been clinically proven to provide maximum strength effectiveness in fighting acne, while being gentle to the skin. Maximum strength effectiveness with less irritation, won’t dry out skin. Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment contains just 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, yet has been clinically proven to provide the same maximum level of effectiveness as a 10% formula, and with 70% less irritation overall. This fast working formula contains a special blend of ingredients to enhance the benzoyl peroxide’s penetration. It goes deep down in the pores to kill acne bacteria that cause pimples and helps to stop new ones from forming. Works hard to keep skin healthy-looking. Relieves redness of acne pimples and overdrying of the skin. Long-Lasting Protection – Works hour after hour to give long-lasting acne treatment.
This works for mild cases of acne. I found that if I just pat it on my blemishes instead of rubbing it in, the treatment worked a lot better. It’s not the best product out there, but it does work. It doesn’t over dry your skin. Because it does leave a bit of a white cast, I use this at night before bed.