Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne wash and Oxy Oil-Free Maximum Strength Acne Wash claim to help with stubborn acne. I end up with a lot of acne due to hormone surges during that time of the month. When you’re bloated and irritable, acne can just annoy, so I bought acne wash one day when I was PMS’sing to try to prevent the breakouts.
Although I’ve been relatively acne free since the age of 20, acne still flares up during my period. I’ve tried everything: avoiding greasy foods and chocolate, getting more sleep, and even drinking more water. When I was on the pill, the acne wasn’t terrible, but now that I’ve opted for a more natural approach to contraception, the acne is back with a vengeance. So, once a month, I was looking like a creature from some sort of horror movie. This was just irritating when I was already feeling self-conscious and ugly from all the bloating. So, it was time to look for some way to treat the monthly zits.
Stridex dried out my whole face, as did the bargain brand little wipey pads I got for quick acne treatment. I tried creams, but I hated the smell and stickiness. I decided that Acne Wash was probably something that wouldn’t interrupt my day too much, and I didn’t have to feel like some sort of teenager using a smelly cream. I do recommend if you have serious acne to actually use more than one type of product.
Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Wash comes in a pretty purple bottle that you can see through. I like this because it gives it a hygienic look. The cost is about five bucks, and the bottle is six ounces. The bottle is made of recyclable plastic and the nozzle is a pump style. The active ingredient in Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Wash is Salicyic Acid at 2%. It also includes other inactive ingredients, including fragrance.
When you use Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Wash, you might expect that the small bottle won’t last a long time, but Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Wash comes out as foam. Of course, your average face is going to need two or three pumps full of foam to actually wash their face. I recommend starting out the day by washing your face with two pumps of foam, and then at the end of the day washing more thoroughly. Be sure not to use a wash cloth.
I liked how Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Wash was gentle with my face, and how it wasn’t very expensive. I also liked the fact that it was not very smelly, and unlike drippy rinse treatments, it was quite easy to see where the solution was going on my skin. Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Wash is okay for daily use, but if you’re wearing makeup, you may want to use a makeup remover product before using Clean & Clear Control Acne Wash, though it does do a decent job of removing makeup.
Oxy Oil-Free Maximum Strength Acne Wash comes in a white bottle with a reddish cap and an Oxy logo sticker, which matches the cap. You can not see through the bottle. Oxy Oil-Free Maximum Strength Acne Wash is about five bucks for 8 oz container. The product is non-foaming and looks like a cream. Typical application involves applying the product to areas that are broken out, and then using it all-over the face by adding warm water and lathering it up. I noticed there were some warnings on the bottle about allergies, bleaching, and sun exposure after application. Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash uses an active ingredient, like that for typical Oxy products, of 10% benzoyl peroxide.
Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash does what it claims, in that it reduces my acne. It cleared up my skin quite quickly after use, and this was a definite plus. It did stink very badly. Of course, I could not use it twice a day because the Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash dried out my skin and made my forehead peel a little. I had to use a non-oil moisturizer after I started using Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash. It is also hard to wash off at first, and it can bleach out your wash cloths if you try to use them to rub the product off your head.
In choosing between Clean & Clear Continuous Acne Wash and Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash, I would probably say it depends on your personal needs. Using Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash is for heavy acne situations. It is for serious conditions and isn’t great for daily usage because it can make your skin rough and dry. Clean & Clear Continuous Acne Wash is great for continuous use. You can use it twice a day without worrying about it drying out your skin badly, and the foam is nice. It does not smell mediciny or awful. Of course, if my acne was worse, I’d be tempted to use Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash more often!
I started using Clean & Clear Continuous Acne Wash regularly, even when it’s not my period. My skin is cleaner, clearer, and looks better. Of course, at my age I’ve started using a moisturizer too. Thank goodness Clean & Clear Continuous Acne Wash isn’t too harsh for me.
With any acne treatment program, be sure to watch for allergy reactions and follow all product safety warnings. I didn’t chuck the Oxy 10 Oil-free Maximum Strength Acne Wash into the trash, even though it’s not my preferred treatment product. I still get it out for acne emergencies, so I don’t recommend against it. It’s just not my favorite.