Easy, Clear Skin with Oxy

There are a handful of products and brands that I keep buying over and over again. They are beauty and personal care products that just plain work, they’re dependable and frankly irreplaceable. Oxy is one of those brands, and I can honestly say I’ve been purchasing since I was in middle school. I don’t care how many products hit the market, whenever I have a last-minute acne emergency, I reach for Oxy.

The Oxy Maximum Action Rapid Treatment line is my favorite. Have you ever woken up with a monster zit? Or found yourself with a cluster of blemishes before a big event or interview? Yes, yes, and yes for me. They are the worst. The Oxy Maximum Action Spot Treatment is a cream that is oil-free, dermatologist tested, and my got-to for tackling sudden acne flare-ups. The Spot Treatment features maximum-strength 10% benzoyl peroxide and can visibly reduce redness in as little as 4 hours. It also boosts skin cell renewal for fresher, brighter skin. I know whenever I use this baby, my zits are zapped, usually overnight.

OXy Acne Medication

The line also features a Rapid Treatment Face Wash which is designed to kill acne bacteria while relying on a skin soothing formula. I was really prepared for this to leave my skin feeling dry and rough, but it actually left more of a clean feeling without all that scaling. Personally, I have more sensitive skin, so I only use this two to three times a week on an as-needed basis. Luckily, they’re also released a sensitive skin version of this wash – so keep an eye peeled for that one!

Oxy Product ReviewOXY 28 Day Challenge

Now my favorite out of the entire line is the Rapid Treatment 3-in-1 Pads. The pads include 2% of salicylic acid that instantly works to fight acne. Upon application, the pads start to unclog pores for clearer skin while also controling oil to prevent future breakouts. They also work to retexture skin for a smooth complexion and even keeps on working between uses. Each tub contains 90 pads, which will definitely last you awhile – unless you’re like me and have sisters and friends who frequently raid your cabinet and steal your Oxy. It’s definitely the most effective product in my skincare arsenal, honestly.

The 28 Day Challenge

Oxy Acne Treatment Spot Treatment

Right now you can take the 28 Day Challenge – first you download the app, then you can create a customized treatment plan. Once you’ve got your program, pick up the recommended OXY® products from your local store. Then use them on your acne for the next 28 days to get visibly clearer skin.

If you aren’t 100% satisfied with the results, OXY® will give you a complete refund – no questions asked. So what are you waiting for? Take the OXY® 28 Day Challenge and get clear skin. Guaranteed or your money back.

You can rely on Oxy, whether it’s for stress-related acne during finals week, or the pesky spot you spotted on your chin right before an important interview or presentation! Are you a fan of Oxy?

*This post is sponsored by Oxy. All opinions presented here are my own.*

Salicylic Acid vs. Benzoyl Peroxide: Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask Review

I’ve been using anti-acne products with salicylic acid for so long that even though my all of acne never truly cleared up, I thought I had the problem under control and that any acne that resisted the acid was way beyond the aid of modern medicine/science/skincare. Then, four weeks ago I had a massive breakout, and I tried everything to get it to clear up. I mean all my usual treatments and then some. I used astringents, masks, creams, I even tried any combination of the three – it only seemed to exacerbate the issue. Then I went to my doctor and he recommended that I switch over to a product that used benzoyl peroxide instead of the more common salicylic acid.

I turned over every single bottle and tube in the acne treatments section of the skincare aisle – there were very few that didn’t list some percentage of salicylic acid and the only benzoyl peroxide one that I found that sounded perfect was the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. Who knew how hard it would be to find a benzoyl product!

Salicylic Acid vs. Benzoyl Peroxide: Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask Review | nyctalon.com

But, what is the difference between Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide? We can get down to the science here like how structurally the basic difference between salicylic acid and benzoic acid is the presence of hydroxyl (-OH) and other really cool chemistry tidbits that my science-y mom explained to me over the phone. But basically, benzoyl peroxide is essentially a combination of benzoic acid and oxygen – the benzoic acid acts as an exfoliant while the oxygen helps kill bacteria that contributes to acne. It’s a deep clean with the potential to dry out the skin, great for under the skin (and pus-filled) acne. Salicylic acid, on the other hand, is friendlier for those with sensitive skin and those who struggle with blackheads. It’s a gentler peeling agent without the bacteria-killing oxygen boost.

Salicylic Acid vs. Benzoyl Peroxide: Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask Review | nyctalon.com

Neutrogena’s Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask can be used as a daily cleanser or an intensive mask. Its active ingredient is 3.5% of benzoyl peroxide (1% over the purportedly effective 2.5% threshold) and the label warns against using it alongside an additional topical acne medication lest drying should occur. I love that it can be used as either a mask or basic cleanser – I’ve used it as both and since I started using it, my skin has looked better than ever!

It’s a no-frills sort of formulation – there are no beads or special oils, no fruits sprinkled on top, no pink splashes of something or other – it’s just a very plain product with very plain packaging, and it’s very effective. It’s a thick white cream, and you don’t need too much to get going. To use as a daily cleanser, you massage into a lather on your skin and rinse; to use as a mask, you apply a thin layer, wait five minutes, and rinse.

This is easily the most important part of my routine now. Clear skin is foremost in my skincare priorities and I really love how Neutrogena consistently is able to provide dependable and effective products. Since I’ve started using the cleanser/mask I’ve seen a significant reduction in my acne – and definitely less intense flare-ups whenever they occur.

The Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask retails at about $6.19 and can be found wherever Neutrogena products are sold. And as always, the information presented here is my opinion based on my personal experience – consult your doctor or dermatologist for skincare advice tailored to your needs. And let me know your experience with Neutrogena and what products you use to tackle acne!

Rockin’ and Radiant with Clearasil’s New Superfruit Cleansers!

*This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Clearasil, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SuperFruits  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.*

I love being a sister, but sometimes it can be a little bit of a challenge – especially when sisters like to “borrow” your things. But one thing I don’t mind sharing with my sisters is beauty products I love. Skincare secrets are meant to be shared, so my tween sister and I headed to Walmart to pickup Clearasil’s NEW! Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Cleansers!

Jules has been struggling with some early teen blemishes – they’re not really serious, but based on my experience we both wanted a maintenance product for her that would be gentle, yet effective. I love that Clearasil’s Superfruit Wash contains a blend of raspberry and cranberry extracts – which are not only known antioxidants, but also contain a boost of Vitamin B3.


We picked up Clearasil’s Daily Clear® Refreshing Superfruit Pads, and Daily Clear® Refreshing Superfruit Wash. They were $4.97 each at Walmart, but we used two $1 Off coupons – which you can also score by clicking here!

Superfruit Coupon

My blemish battle started when I was her age – very minimal, nothing serious until I got into my senior year of high school. Then it was much more prevalent. It was around that time that I started to get into cosmetics, so clearing up and taking care of my skin was definitely a priority. Throughout my skincare journey, I’ve learned a lot about my face – most importantly how sensitive it is. Which is why Clearasil’s Superfruit line is right up my alley. So, exercising my sister privileges, I borrowed some of Jules’ Clearasil Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Pads. It has really helped in clearing up a few lingering (i.e. stubborn) zits.

Jules has incorporated her new wash into her skincare routine – which changes depending on the time of year. Because she’s a dancer and engages in a lot of physical activity she’ll use her cleanser every evening during the school year when she dances on a daily basis. While on vacation, she uses it every other day.

Beauty Routine


Meanwhile, I’ve been using the Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Pads as I get ready for New York Fashion Week. I’ll be covering a few events and definitely want my skin to look its very best, be healthy, camera ready, and blemish free! I love how it’s gentle enough for her young skin, and my sensitive skin, but strong enough to significantly reduce acne. Very much a winning product in my book.

Thinking about snapping up one (or all) of Clearasil’s NEW! Daily Clear Refreshing Superfruit Cleansers? Then don’t forget to print out this $1 Off coupon today, while it’s still available!

Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleanser: Review and Giveaway

Me and my skin have a terrible love/hate relationship. I mean, I know I’m blessed to have reasonably good skin. I don’t have terrible cysts or anything that bad. But I do have the worst combination skin, and a bit of rosacea. My forehead and eyelids are constantly doing the tango between oily and dry, and my cheeks have a perpetual pink flush. So whenever I’m seeking to address something like a breakout, finding a product that will cater to my skins needs is surprisingly hard. Then I stumbled on Missglamorazzi’s morning skin care routine ( if you haven’t subscribed to her video‘s, tumblr, twitter, or FB you totally should- she’s got great makeup tutorials, and she’s also done some giveaways too!). Anyways, after watching Ingrid’s vid I decided to try Aveeno’s Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser for myself- and I have never been so surprised by a product before (in a good way).

Before trying Aveeno’s cleanser I had been using a prescribed medication  for breakouts and prevention. I used it on and off because I felt that the product was super harsh on my skin. So, the first time I used the cleanser I noticed a significant difference in my skin tone, and scattered acne breakouts. I had washed my face at night, and in the morning my acne was clearing and my rosacea was definitely lighter. Since then I’ve been a HUGE fan. I’ve stopped using the medication (which I am not recommending you do, so be sure to consult your doctor before changing your skincare routine- I’m just telling you what worked for me), and now wash my face nightly with Aveeno. The wash smells amazing, and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry.

Since I expect to be traveling soon I picked up Aveeno’s bar version of the same cleanser- and I also picked up one to giveaway here!

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This giveaway starts 2/13/2012 and ends 2/20/2012. I was not compensated in any way for this review/giveaway. Open to US only.