Sorry about the delays.. This post was written on 10/10/10, and my Internet went down, so I am writing from scratch again.
I'm not sure if I mentioned it or not, but my doc told me to get "Benzoyl Peroxide cream" at the drug store. I went numerous times to Duane Reade scratching my head with frustration, not being able to locate the "cream" he was talking about. I guess the word "peroxide" made me think that it was in the first aid aisle, and not in the cosmetics section.
So, a couple weeks ago, I was really determined to find the cream I finally managed to find benzoyl peroxide creams in the cosmetics/skin care section. I figured the max amount will be 10%, and the ingredients in all of the creams looked pretty similar. I decided to go with clean and clear since they said it had maximum strength - and by maximum, I do think they are dead serious.
So this is how the cream looks like.
and the price is around 6-8 dollars (depends on where you are), so it's pretty affordable.
At first, I was very ambitious. I slapped on so much all over my jawline and neck, it got to a point where I felt like my skin was cracking and splitting up. I then regained my sanity, and started applying moisturizer around the area before I applied the cream (and also reduced the amount I was using). That immediately soothed the flaking, and my acne seem to calm down too. I am actually amazed at how well the cream has worked. I have been applying the cream twice a day - morning and night, and I have to give it a lot of credit for clearing up my acne.
I mean, it is still a long way to go, but the results are pretty darn impressive.
For those that are lazy and don't want to browse around (or wondering what the comparison is), here is how my jawline/neck was a couple of weeks ago.
So despite the scars, the angry acne is pretty much tamed.
But wait! before you run out to the drug store, I do want to write down some serious cons.
1. This cream is HARSH!
and by harsh, I mean it with all my penguins.
I used to have pretty good skin (I think I did, now it's like a fairy tale to me), and the areas where this cream has touched are all like chewed up leather. My jawline/neck area is saggy, dull and very dry and rough.
If you do not use enough moisturizer, the cream will dry the sh*t out of your skin. and I'm not even kidding. -_-;;
That's how harsh BP 10% is.
2. It bleaches out pretty much everything it touches.
A lot of my shirts fell victim to this cream since I was applying it on my neck and jawline. Here's a good example.
as you can see, wherever the cream touches gets bleached. and that's no fun :(
I ruined a lot of my office clothes because of this cream. So beware of the bleaching effect.
3. I think the skin gets addicted.
Yes, it does deliver wonderful results, but I think the skin gets easily addicted to the cream. If I apply the cream, my acne seems to be less angry - but it doesn't seem to go away 100%. If I miss a day or two of applying the cream, the acne pops right back out and I have to dump a lot of cream on that area again.
This has been going on for quite a while, and I feel like I can't even gradually reduce the amount of cream because my skin seems to pick up on asking for more really quickly.
Anyway, that was my share with how I am dealing with my skin lately.
I feel so out of the loop lately. I haven't been on Youtube for the longest time, I don't know what's going on, I haven't bought new makeup for months now and I'm just starting to wonder how everything is and how everybody is doing.
If you want to let me know anything new or just want to say hi, please don't hesitate to leave a comment :p I will try to update, at least, the blog so you guys can keep me in your system.
Have a great weekend!