THE BEST OUT THERE,ESPECIALLY IF YOU GET THOSE BIG TUMOR LOOK A LIKE PIMPLES!!! GET THE ORANGE BOTTLES BUT DONT FORGET TO APPLY SOME MOISTURIZER AROUND YOUR EYES OR THEY WILL GET DRY AND FLAKY!!
I'm on my second kit and I must say that this product does work well. I've switched to the Sensitive Skin version, however, because I find that the orginal strength is far too drying for my skin type. However, the system does seem to clear up acne fast. Its also very convenient that they've come out with different formulations - original, sensitive and severe. I've been dealing with aggressive and recurring break outs on my cheeks and chin due to a face powder I had been using. I was using it to set my makeup and never suspected it would be the culprit. After 6 mos I finally realized what was damaging my skin and I bought this system to get my face back in order.
I follow the 3 steps but I have altered them just a bit. I use the wash on my entire face but focus the toner on problem areas. I swipe it across my entire face at times but make sure to pay special attention to areas that need it. The acne fighting lotion is quite strong in both the original and sensitive skin formulations and I DO NOT recommend putting this all over your face.
If you have sensitive skin and buy the sensitive skin version its the same story. I find that its best to apply a bit of the lotion to a q tip and dab it on trouble spots ONLY. The wash does a good job of preventing break outs and smoothing my skin.
Anyway, I wipe the STEP 3 lotion away after about 15 minutes or so and apply a fragrance free moisturizer because this product is quite drying. I never really let the acne lotion sit on my face for longer because it can cause red patches and flaking of the skin. 15 minutes seems to be enough to dry out the pimple fast. Following up with an extra moisturizer is key.
A WARNING or 2 - if you are allergic to aspirin DO NOT use this product as it contains salicylic acid.
Tweak the system to work for you.
Invest in a good moisturizer.
This is the best acne-clearing product I've ever used and it's been my go-to for many years. I get the occasional breakout on my forehead and chin and it's the only system that clears it up. I use the 3-step system at night and by morning, I can honestly see a difference.
My acne is mild at this point in my life and my skin is generally clear. I have sensitive skin and I can't use products with fragrance. I've tried Proactiv and it was too strong and aggravated my acne. I've tried a few other brands (Oxy, Clean and Clear) but my skin can't take how strong they are.
The trick with this system: I never apply any of the 3 products on my entire face, just on my problem areas but I do follow the 3 steps. And I never use it daily because I want to give my skin a rest--maybe 3 times in a week at most to clear up a batch of acne. This has saved my face from turning red and getting irritated--and it's worked really well. This is my holy grail acne product!
This is part of my daily facial cleansing routine. I use the cleanser AM and PM, toner AM and PM and the lotion AM only. I use a glycolic acid product at night.
This has been wonderful for my skin. I have clear skin. I still get an occasional "time of the month" zit...but that's a vast improvement over my previous acne riddled condition.
It's not for everyone. First if you have dry or sensitive skin stay away, it's a tad drying. Second it's have benzoyl peroxide, some people are allergic to it.
It's a drugstore knockoff on Proactiv, and for the price it works great.
I LOVE the astringent toner pads! I had terrible acne and once I started using these, everything cleared right up.
I first bought this product because I had suddenly started getting pimples and blackheads in the last month. My regular cleanser wasn't working, so I found this product at KMart. I used it for 2 weeks and it cleared my face up perfectly. After 2 weeks of use both morning and night, my face starting itching super bad! Along with the itching, I started getting some hive like bumps around my jaw line, temples and forehead. It has been 2 days of non-use and the itching hasn't stopped. I had great faith in the product because of the results, but now I know that I must be allergic to something in it. The itching is driving me crazy!
This review is for the normal kit. This system was good at controlling my acne, but left my skin very dry. BP concentrations are too high in this kit, & acne treatment is gritty, with unpleasant odor. Would not buy again. continued >>
The only product that has worked for my adult acne.. I've been using it for going on 2 years now...and I decied since it worked I could try other products..big mistake my face broke out horribly so I will be going back to this and never leaving again...
This review is for AcneFree Severe. I had acne for over ten years, and these products helped to clear it all up! I didn't use exactly as directed, however, so I'll review item by item:
1. Antibacterial Cleansing Wash - 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide: I had actually been using a 10% BP wash for years, so I was a little scared of going all the way down to 2.5%. It turns out that using 10% not only on your acne, but on the rest of your face as a "preventative measure" is a little over the top, and the regular heavy usage actually reduces its effectiveness when you need it most. 2.5% is plenty as a base wash. I ended up just using this in the mornings, and used sulfur soap (highly recommend!) at night.
2. Corrective Toner with Glycolic Acid: I used this morning and night while it lasted, and of all the items in the kit, this was the first to run out. It ended up being the gateway to me purchasing a toner with a higher glycolic acid concentration, and I think it's really helping with my acne scarring.
3. Maximum Strength Repair Lotion - 10% Benzoyl Peroxide: Having the extra strength BP in the lotion rather than the wash really was a game changer for my skin. I wouldn't call this a "lotion" - it doesn't really moisturize - but it dissolves a lot more nicely than other BP spot treatments. I used this morning and night, and only on individual pimples or patches of cystic acne--not on my whole face. It works amazingly well.
4. Retinol Renewal Complex - I'm holding on to these tubes, but I'm still not sure how to use them yet. I didn't want to use retinol until I could tame my acne a bit, and then I wanted to wait until I got used to a higher concentration glycolic, and now I'm looking at trying hydroquinone on my scars. I don't want to make too many adjustments to how I treat my face at once, so the experimenting with retinol is going to have to wait.
If you've had no experience with Benzoyl Peroxide before, I'd recommend getting the original AcneFree system before you try the severe version. After only two boxes of Severe, for the first time in ten years, I am actually acne free! I purchased another bottle of the cleanser when I ran out, but I'm down to only using it once a week. I still have a bottle and a quarter of the lotion to go through, and that's my favorite part (by the way: I first purchased 4 months ago). I highly recommend.
I really have nothing bad to say about this product. I actually re purchase a new trio yesterday. It has cleared my acne tremendously. I would totally recommend it to anyone with acne problems to try it.