My problem skin is a recurring theme on this blog. I’ve tried every non-sulfur prescription and non-prescription product on the market. From drugstore to dermatologist, I’ve taken them all for a spin. Or so I thought.
Last month, I ran out of the prescription medicine EpiDuo (which I liked, but didn’t love) before a long trip home. So I made the decision to pick up a drugstore cream to use in the interim. I examined the store shelves:
Clean & Clear is for teenagers and ill-equipped to handle my adult acne. Clearasil is the equivalent of medicated toothpaste, drying and disappointing. And while I like Nature’s Cure for body acne, its facial counterpart isn’t worth the cost to take it out of the store.
After searching for a bit, I found Terminator from AcneFree ($17 for a pack of three). I’d never seen this product before, so I figured that if I was going to be disappointed, at least I could be let down by something new. But three weeks later, I’m not disappointed. In fact, I’m pleased.
The product is benzoyl peroxide, but unlike most drugstore brands, it contains 10% of the active ingredient. And it claims to be a time-release formula, which I’ve never seen before.
Has it cleared my acne completely? No. But it has tamed the hormonal acne on my cheeks to a place where it is manageable and concealable. For the first time in a long time, I don’t feel like I’m wearing too much concealer all the time.
It won’t help those of you with blackheads, but if you have cystic acne or moderate acne, give it a whirl. I wasn’t disappointed.