|Ewwww are you really gonna start with that?!|
It's not bad, and it's not that gross, but it still happens, and it is awful. I remember thinking, at the fragile age of 14, "surely this will go away by the time I am an important adult, 18 and in college!" Nope, Past-Patricia. If anything, it got a bit worse when I got to college and my hormones got even more adept at yanking me around like a dog on a short leash.
So at this point, I feel like I am qualified to tell you what I do to keep my skin as acne-free as possible. Here is why: I like shortcuts, I don't like to own 500 products, and I'm a cheapskate. So the best things I can do for my skin that are going to cost the least (in the long run, anyway)? I am so there.
Long story short, it is. The Mia scrubs deep into your pores and expunges all the nasty stuff that even the most steadfast of nose strips can't access. Because of this, at first your skin will get worse, rather than better. Stick with it, though, and after a week or 2, you will have skin that looks - and feels! - so much better. I personally use the cleanser I'm about to talk about, but a lot of people use Philosophy's Purity, or any mild facial cleanser. Because I have acne-prone skin though and am not just trying to clean my face, but rid it of invaders, I utilize the below product as well.
I used to work for Walgreens, but have never been a hugely staunch fan of their products. However, in 90% of cases the generic is just as good as the real stuff, and this is certainly no exception.
This is a simple cleanser, with a small amount of Salicylic Acid, the good stuff that gets the zits off your face. On acne-prone but sensitive skin, you need something that will get rid of the acne without making your face red, irritated and all-around angry. This does the job well and on the cheap, clocking in at around $4.50 a bottle. It will, needless to say, last forever. I've had mine for months and it doesn't look like I am going to need to be buying a new bottle of this stuff any time soon.
What's hard to swallow is that a Mia is not cheap. A Mia 1 will run you about $95, depending on the color you choose and where you buy it. Places like Ulta sell them, but you might have better luck buying yours on Amazon or eBay. However, other than replacement heads, you'll never have to buy another Mia. They do make knock-off brands - Olay, most notably - but reviews tend to show that they just aren't as good as the real deal. It stung to buy one, but two years later, my Mia is still going strong, and I am glad that I purchased it.
So there you go: Walgreens Oil-Free Acne Wash, and a Clarisonic Mia. A classic combination (well, now, anyway) that will surely serve you well for a long time to come.