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Smells nice, and effective, but be careful how you use it.
on February 10, 2011
First of all, the pink grapefruit scent is awesome.
And, used properly as an anti-acne cleanser, it works great. Used improperly, it can lead to dryness and increased breakouts.
Acne is caused by the bacteria that builds up when trapped oil and skin cells accumulate under clogged pores. To treat acne, you must clear those pores and eliminate bacteria. Salicylic acid-containing products slough off cells from the top layer of the skin, helping you keep your pores clear. With all those dead cells cleared away, however, you're also thinning out your body's natural barrier against bacteria.
The trick is, you need to wash away dirt and make use of the gentle exfoliation the salicylic acid allows, without taking so much off that you're weakening the skin's ability to protect. For my skin, one full pump is way too much, I use about a 1/3rd of a pump and dilute with some water before using.
You only get so far with just a cleanser. To really treat problem acne, you also need to treat bacteria using a benzoyl peroxide treatment, and protect everything with a moisturizer. As with salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide if overused can irritate the skin causing more harm than good, so it should be applied sparingly. It helps to use a low-concentration formula like the 2.5% Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, Vanishing Formula, 0.75 Ounce (21 g). All that acid and peroxide on your skin is going to leave it vulnerable, so you should finish it all off with a protective moisturizer. The best will probably be a simple cream such as the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, Fragrance Free - 16 oz. You don't want all sorts of exotic ingredients that your skin might be allergic to, and medicated lotions are often overkill.
Lastly, don't touch your face and change the pillow covers regularly!