I have come to the realization that not all acne is created equal. There are different kinds and different causes. Lucky us. Some are harder to get rid of. I didn’t know that until recently. I’ve tried many products over the years, and many of them have worked, but not everything works for every kind of acne. We can still be bitter about adult acne, right? Right?? I’ve used the Dermagist Clarifying system in the past with positive results, and I’m trying it again.
I’ve struggled with acne since I was in my early teens. Oh, the joys of middle school. So much awkwardness. I was pretty lucky because I didn’t have massive outbreaks then. THEN. I saved that for my 20’s. Do you remember watching Channel 1 in history class and seeing the commercials for skin care? “Do you want to use the same soap on your face that you use on your armpits?” They had a point, but that always made me laugh.
Fast forward a few years and I was out of the puberty acne phase, but still had the same sensitive skin as always. I realized after a few months of using a new shampoo that I was allergic to it and it was causing more acne. I don’t know what was in it, but I changed it immediately and never looked back. I don’t care how awesome shampoo is, if it clogs my pores it’s gone.
Here we are today. I have been using a mostly natural cleanser that I just loved. It kept my face almost 100% clear at all times. I had the occasional outbreak, but it went away quickly. About 6 months ago I discovered a new cause of acne that I’d never dealt with before. Stress acne. I had a very stressful move and my face had the worst breakout I’ve ever had. I waited. It didn’t go away. My natural cleanser seemed useless. Nothing I did helped. It didn’t keep coming back, it just never left. Fast forward 5 months and it still had not gone away. I’ve heard of stress sweat and stress weight gain, but this? This is ridiculous.
It was time to give the old Dermagist method another try. What I love most about Dermagist is the moisturizer. It’s a thick cream as opposed to the runny mess of many moisturizers on the market. I like using it at bedtime because I wake up with a noticeably hydrated face with reduced acne. The cleanser is thin, but it’s concentrated, and not a lot is required for a good lather.
The Clarifying System didn’t completely eliminate my stress acne, but it has reduced it by at least 50%. I no longer have a face full of glaring red acne. I think with continued use it will continue to dramatically reduce it. I’ll probably never be completely rid of acne all the time thanks to it running in the family, but finding a product that can combat it pretty successfully does wonders. Who wants to go to their spouse’s company Christmas party all zit-faced? I never want to rely on prescriptions if I can help it, and I think Dermagist is the next best thing. While not the most expensive treatment out there, it’s still a little pricey at $79.99 for a 45 day supply. I can manage pretty well using cheaper products most of the time, but when I have huge breakouts it’s the only product that can get it under control.