Although these products did help with the acne (in the short term), it did made my skin incredibly dry. To prevent the acne from coming back i kept on using the products but soon after I realised, that instead of preventing the acne from coming back it caused further skin irritation (dry skin) and subsequently caused more acne because i kept on picking on my skin, due to the dryness.
So I did a little research to find out what was causing my skin to become so dry and irritated. I found that most acne creams and face washes has an ingredient called Benzoyl Peroxide.
Here is the MSDS (the chemical material safety data sheet) for benzoyl peroxide. It should tell you the harmful effects of this chemical.
In 1995 FDA changed Benzoyl peroxide category from 'safe' to 'safety unknown' then to
'An ingredient of concern'.
The FDA found that this chemical releases free radicals in your skin. These free radicals are known to cause premature ageing and severe wrinkling. And yes these are the free radicals we are asked to avoid at any cost. The FDA did further tests and found that Benzoyl Peroxide that was applied to the skin of test mice, resulted in the formation of tumours within the skin . Yes that's right it caused tumours!. Long term use of this product can basically give you skin cancer.
There are many alternatives to achieve healthy acne free skin, without using any unnecessary dangerous chemicals. Such as:
Neem cream! Neem is probably the best thing that you can put on your skin it basically does everything an acne cream does and more! Anyone can use this product, so you don't have to have problem skin to use this neem based moisturiser. So... what does it do exactly?!
Neem relieves dry skin
It soothes itchiness, redness and irritation
It improves general skin health and immunity, combating bacterial infections such as acne, boils and ulcers.
You can buy this product here for £5.25 http://www.avogel.co.uk/neem/neem-cream/
Another alternative to chemical based acne cream/face wash is Tea tree oil ! Tea tree oil is 100% natural and particularly good at targeting the spots. Whenever you have an acne outbreak you can apply a small amount of tea tree oil directly to your spots.The tea tree oil causes the spots to dry up and shrink because it possesses anti-bacterial, anti fungal, antiseptic and antiviral properties.
You can buy it here : 10ml for £7http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/shop-by-range/tea-tree/tea-tree-oil.aspx
0r 30ml for £10.75
So, lets stop buying these chemically riddled beauty products and go buy what nature has to offer!