So I’m letting you see this GIANT picture of my face without foundation or concealer (and NO filter!) so that you’ll believe me when I tell you I’ve cleared up my skin on only $20 per month!
I usually tell people that I’m doubly blessed: I’ve somehow managed (at 45) to develop both fine lines and acne! Trust me, it’s no fun. For the past 5-6 years, I have the lined face of a middle-aged woman and the hormonal acne of a teenager! Here’s a picture so you can see what I’m referring to:
Luckily for me, I was introduced to Rodan and Fields about 4 years ago and their Unblemish regimen was an absolute gift! As long as I regularly used the Unblemish Gentle Exfoliating Acne Wash and the Dual Intensive Acne Treatment, I was able to keep my face from breaking out. I was over the moon with that development but also out about $165 every other month for the full regimen.
I don’t regularly use toner and found that the Unblemish Moisturizer was super small and didn’t really help me any more than my usual moisturizer so I looked into just buying the two products I needed. Unfortunately, for just those two products, I was still looking at $144 and they never seemed to run out at the same time…so I was consistently having to meet up with my consultant or pay for shipping. Although it may sound trivial, I also struggled with the fact that the Dual Intensive Acne Treatment bottle is opaque and I could never guess when it was going to run out (not to mention that the bottle houses two lotions that come out seperately and mix together on your face and they ran out at different times too!) Because of that lack of predictability, I’d spend several days every other month without my products and my face would start to break out again.
I started to get frustrated with the cost and inconvenience about a year ago and that led me to start investigating the ingredients in the Unblemish regimen to see if I could replicate them at a lower cost. I knew that the primary ingredient in the wash was sulfur…so I started out by purchasing a sulfur ointment on Amazon for about $6. The ointment seemed to work just as well as the Unblemish regimen to alleviate my acne but it was greasy and smelly and I had to sleep in it every night. It just wasn’t very comfortable or convenient. As I said though, the price was right and now I knew that I could potentially find products that might meet my needs for less money!
I graduated to a sulfur soap (Amazon Affiliate links at the end of the post) with lanolin from Grisi. It cost $19.99 for 6 bars and worked almost as well as the Unblemish. I have skin that gets oily easily though and I just didn’t like the oiliness that was present with the sulfur and lanolin mixture. From there, I tried DermaHarmony’s 10% Sulfur 3% Salicylic Acid Bar Soap (also from Amazon and posted below) and found my winner! The DermaHarmony soap is less than $8 and lasts FOREVER! I use it every morning in the shower and every night when I take off my makeup. One caution: I’ve never been able to find sulfur soap at the drug store. I consistently and easily get mine from Amazon (I have a Prime subscription and it shows up within 2 days) but, in a pinch, I don’t think I could just run down to the store and pick up a bar!
Also, while I found the sulfur soap to be somewhat helpful with the fine lines, I had to admit that Unblemish was probably more effective in that regard so I ended up adding an additional product: Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment. The Differin Gel runs about $13 on Amazon and can be easily snagged at your local drugstore for a similar price. It seems to help with fine lines and also seems to reduce the chance that the Salicylic Acid in the soap will cause dryness for me. (I know…I said I have oily skin. Unfortunately, I also get dried out and flaky if I use certain products!) It’s a small tube of clear gel and I just apply it after I dry my face morning and night. I’m getting older and the lines are getting more pronounced as a do…but I feel like the Differin Gel has helped me stay just a little bit ahead of the game. Lines weren’t my primary concern anyway…I just really wanted to stop the breakouts!
So…as you can see, I’ve improved my acne and my monthly budget! I buy sulfur soap maybe once every 4 months and Differin Gel every 30 days. At that rate, I’m saving at least $125 every two months and not trying to hide my blemishes with tons of concealer and foundation. I have to admit: the Rodan and Fields Unblemish line is fantastic and it was there products that proved to me that my acne could be eliminated. If you, like me, however, can’t stomach the $165 price tag or are annoyed by the fact that you can’t predict when you’ll need replenishments, DermaHarmony Sulfur Soap, Differin Gel and Amazon Prime shipping might be just the trick to get you back to smooth, clear skin and fewer facial lines!
To get your own products to clear your acne for less, click on the links below:Grisi Sulfur Soap for Acne – 6 pack DermaHarmony 10% Sulfur 3% Salicylic Acid Bar Soap 3.7 oz – Crafted for Those with Skin Conditions (1 Bar) Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment, 15g, 30 Day Supply