My Reluctant Journey Through The Drugstore Continues: Please Get Rid Of My Pimples

Can inexpensive sh...tuff clear up my surprise breakout?
Publish date:
April 24, 2013
exfoliation, cleansers, acne, neutrogena, face scrubs, spot treatments

I never had bad skin in high school. My skin was kind of flawless, with the occasional red bump on my forehead every now and again. Very occasional.

It wasn't until college that I some how developed a mild case of acne on my forehead and chin that would not go away. The painful kind, too. It was a T-warzone.

I'd develop these really painful bumps from under the skin and have to wait for them to finally bubble up to the top to produce a gross whitehead. Even if a product finally got the two or three pimples to subside, three more would pop up around them.

And my life went on like that well into my 20s. In fact, it wasn't until last year (27) when my crazy skin stopped being crazy. Maybe it was my diet or just plain old age, but suddenly the acne subsided and gave my skin a well deserved break.

Or so I thought.

I woke up early last week to find this:

I know exactly what it was that caused it. I had a particularly stressful month which included and wasn't limited to a health scare, being lazy about my diet, taxes, boy drama, family drama and, the icing on the cake, if you will, my period. You can say I've been busy.

But you know how I roll. I don't really care what the root of the problem is. I care about solving the problem ASAP.

Luckily, the day that I faced my perfect skin disrupting foe, was also the day I was introduced to a bunch of Neutrogena products by a well connected friend. She must be a psychic, because she totally slipped in some Neutrogena Naturals Acne Spot Treatment, Acne Cream Cleanser and Acne Foaming Scrub. I got the acne hookup.

I've been using the spot treatment--not consistently because I forget--and it immediately went to work on drying out all the excess oil. But what I love about the product is that it doesn't irritate my skin the way other spot teatments have. This stuff is gentle, but it means business.

I also started washing my face with the cleanser and scrub and I'm happy to report that it's also mild. My face doesn't feel like it's been scrubbed raw with a bristle pad. Always a plus, amirite?

It's been a week, and so far, I still have one pimple still being treated. However, on a positive note, there haven't been any new breakouts, so the product has been really preventive.

The spot treatment leaves a bit of residue, so I definitely recommend applying a little concealer so it doesn't look like you have some dried you-know-what on your face, especially near the mouth area.

I also recommend applying and blending the concealer with just-washed hands or with a clean brush. Keep that crime scene area of a break-out clean.

How do you prevent breakouts? Do you have any magic spells or potions that work overnight on existing breakouts?