My hero product has to be benzoyl peroxide. I suffered moderate, persistant acne for about ten years, and tried EVERYTHING recommended by the doctor to no avail. I became immune to the tetracycline antibiotics I was prescribed and the pill just didn't agree with me. I also didn't really like the idea of being on medication for a prolonged period of time.
I stumbled across the idea of topically-applied benzoyl peroxide via the beaut.ie forum and exhaustive searches on the internet and just wish I'd known about it sooner! Also, I'm perplexed that although no doctor ever recommended it, when I went to Boots to ask about it, the sales assistants were perfectly familiar with it as a treatment for acne.
When I began to use it, I suffered very dry, itchy skin for about a week, but after leaving my skin to calm down for further week and then trying it again, 11 months on, I know I've found a solution!!! No more clusters of big, red, sore, glaring, angry, unsightly spots, which sometimes even merged to become one big, red, sore, angry spot!!! I do get the odd ordinary spot, but very rarely, and even then it's only on the surface.
So thanks a million to all you beaut.ies, reading your comments and recommendations really helped me out