BURT'S BEES Targeted Spot Treatment
It directs you to use it in the morning and night after cleansing--DONT. Only use this at night when you're definitely not going out until the day after, because it smells like shit. Even washing your hands with soap won't get rid of the smell. The smell is so revolting, but the product works amazing. It's a spot treatment acne product. I basically use my finger to dap it onto the pimple and just around it. The skin soaks up the product immediately with 0.75% of Salicyclic Acid. If I use this, a fresh pimple will disappear within 2 days with no dark marks or scarring (unlike a lot of other acne spot solutions that end up drying the shit out of the pimple and leave you with a dark mark). The all 100% natural is a plus. It's a HG, until I find one that does the same stuff without the odour. (I bought the Body Shop Tea Tree Oil as a possible dupe. I'm currently trying it out, and will do a full comparison soon). I get mine for $9.99 USD at Walmart.
A brand that I really depend on is LA ROCHE-POSAY. In particular, I use their Effaclar line:
It's great for my super sensitive and acne-prone skin.Thank you to Sandra for introducing the brand for me!
LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Cream Corrector
An awesome spot treatment for individual outbreaks. Maybe it does an awesome job cleansing or something, without seeming to, but I find that I don't get reoccurring pimples in the same spots anymore. I like using this on pimples that have already broken out. The formula like a lotion, white in colour. It has a super light floral scent. I usually hate scented products, but I don't mind this one. The scent resembles the smell of Chanel moisturizers. I get mine from London Drugs for $20 CAD.
LA ROCHE-POSAY Effaclar Duo
To me, this is a less intensive spot treatment than the A.I. According to the website, this Duo actually replaces the A.I., but both products are constantly restocked in my local London Drugs. I find that this is a much lighter formula than the A.I. I like using it when I can feel a pimple coming soon, and not necessarily when it's already broken out. It's also great for redness and hyperpigmentation spots. It is a semi-translucent white gel-type of lotion. It has the same super light floral scent as the A.I. I get this for $25 CAD at London Drugs.
To my Canadians: Tons of LA ROCHE-POSAY packages are currently on sale at London Drugs!
The full sized Duo comes with a free 50 mL tube of the Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel. The regular price of $25 CAD is marked down to $17.50 CAD, and when it ran through the register, it was only $12.50 CAD! On the website, the kit is $35.95 USD.
What do you do or use when you're struggling with your skin?
UPDATE: July 18, 2012
I've written an updated post on my HG acne products - Read it here.