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The True Acne Cure

Submitted by Lea

I didn't make this up. It is proven and I have done it myself. 

In the morning: First, wash your face with a gentle foaming cleanser. Nothing opaque and gritty. Next, apply a product containing 10% salicylic acid. (I actually used a Clearasil foaming cleanser that had 10% salicylic acid). Leave this on for 2-3 minutes or about the time it takes for you to brush your teeth. Rinse. Next, apply a product containing 10% glycolic acid (try looking at a specialty store to find this; like the Vitamin Shop). Leave on for 2-3 minutes and then rinse. Apply a light oil-free moisteriser (Neutrogena), even if you have oily skin. Try one with a sunscreen of at least 15 SPF for added benefits. Also, use foundation (try Neutrogena skin-clearing oil-free make-up) that is designed for acne-prone skin. One that contains salicylic acid works well.

At night: Follow the same procedure as it the morning until after the glycolic acid. After that, rub an ice cube all over your face to wet it and cool it. Apply a product that contains 10% benzoyl peroxide (really easy to find in any store like Target; white cream that comes in a tube). Apply ice packs to your face for 15 minutes. Wipe off the excess.

Clearing up acne takes time and is not an instant process. Don't feel discouraged if you don't see instant results. Acne is actually a bacterial infection. If your acne is really bad, it may take up to six weeks, but in the end it is really worth it. Once your face is clear, you can discontinue this regime and only use when you feel a breakout coming.

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