03-19-2013, 05:53 PM
Join Date: Mar 2013
I hear over and over that it doesn't stay on your face long enough to "matter," but after all my experiences I just don't buy it.
I use two products:
- Moisturizer (sunscreen during the day)
That's it. So whatever happens to my face (barring illness/hormones/etc), it's one or the other. If I don't change the second part... it's gotta be the cleanser, right? Scientific method, rinse and repeat. And yes, I've tried toners and serums and whatever, but they typically make my skin congested or greasy or whatever less desirable state.
I recently had massive facial breakouts and sensitivity from a medication I took. Nothing helped, until I found the right... what?... yep, cleanser. I now use Chagrin Valley soap on my face (no chems, basic ingredients), and it looks great.
I think people who have good results from whatever cleanser are those lucky folks with nice skin. My man doesn't wash his face, and when he does it might be with shampoo, or body wash, or Dr. Bronner's bar soap, or... you know, whatever. His skin is essentially poreless and he only gets blemishes from a bad shave.
Me? Oily in spots. Dry in spots. I tried not washing it, and oh boy, not good. I tried "acne fighting" cleansers and destroyed it. I tried moisturizing ones and broke out. Clearly cleansers do a lot, because they have a wide range of effects on some of us! If you're not one of those folks, awesome, use whatever you like.
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I'm mostly away doing field work through mid-May.
Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
Co-Wash: Nature's Gate Herbal Conditioner
RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
LI: BS Shea Soft Styling Cream (HG)
Styling: KCCC, Garnier P&C Gel
1xWeek: low-poo, gelatin PT or Joico K-Pak
Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach