does facial wash really matter?

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I'm a lurker on makeupalley.com, and I've watched some girls with pretty bad skin end up with gorgeous skin after following the acne.org system.

However I'm not sure that they bought the products.

As for the op, I think it depends on the person and their skin.

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PSF has stopped selling the foaming cleanser that displaced the GCC. It seems a good time to try to convince them to bring back the GCC.
Originally Posted by Saria
The foaming cleanser is still on their website.
I'm a lurker on makeupalley.com, and I've watched some girls with pretty bad skin end up with gorgeous skin after following the acne.org system.

However I'm not sure that they bought the products.

As for the op, I think it depends on the person and their skin.
Originally Posted by iroc
when i looked at it years ago i thought the main thing was using benzoyl peroxide (low dose) as a daily treatment coupled with a gentle no frills cleanser.

actually now i'm using an antibacterial cleanser and it's helping. i leave it on a bit, clarisonic and some other treatment products but i think the antibacterial cleanser has helped. well and i am using benzoyl peroxide although not every day. my skin wigged out (i think the sugar overload from the holidays kind of got me) and i was picking bad. things have calmed down and i want to keep it that way.
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Last edited by luvmylocs; 03-06-2013 at 10:25 PM.
PSF has stopped selling the foaming cleanser that displaced the GCC. It seems a good time to try to convince them to bring back the GCC.
Originally Posted by Saria
The foaming cleanser is still on their website.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yeah, it wasn't for a while.
I wish that cleanser were as good as the GCC. I wouldn't care about paying the higher cost if it actually worked.
Cleansers definitely matter to my skin which is prone to acne and clogged pores, but is very sensitive. I use Retin-A and benzoyl peroxide for acne which dries my skin out, so I need something that has gentle, non-drying but isn't moisturizing. It's a tall order, but Giovanni's Dtox Cleanser works for me. I miss PSF's GCC though.
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Last edited by LoloDSM; 03-16-2013 at 02:36 PM.
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:
- Cleanser
- 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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Last edited by Antonia; 06-17-2013 at 07:48 PM.
Face washes DO matter. I had good skin last summer and when I tried a salicylic acid face wash, I got cystic acne all year and I'm JUST getting rid of it. Now I just stick to a gentle soap, like Aveeno face wash... That's my best recommendation
I've never used any kind of face wash. Or face cream.
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