Which Products Should Acne Suffers Just Toss?

Cleaning Out Your Medicine Cabinet for Acne

If you have acne, there are definitely some products you won’t want in your medicine cabinet. While there are no hard and fast rules that apply to everyone who has acne, there are some products that have consistently been problematic for individuals who have the condition. If you want to avoid possible problem products, read on...


When you see the Noxzema commercials, you’d think that the way to clear skin is to use this product every day. And while some consumers have experienced positive results with Noxzema, some individuals report that Noxzema doesn't only not help acne, it actually makes it worse.

It seems that those who have mild cases of acne do just fine with Noxema. However, if you have a moderate to severe case of acne, Noxema should be tossed out of your medicine cabinet.

Pond’s Cold Cream

This product can be a lifesaver for individuals who experience dry skin during the winter months, and that’s because it is an oil-based product. Because of this, it can leave a very oily residue, which will exacerbate acne in those prone to the condition.

While moisturizer is critical in the fight against acne, an oil-free product is a must.


Vaseline is definitely not a product that you want anywhere near your face if you have acne. There are many good uses for Vaseline or white petroleum. You can use it on your feet, elbows, or hands -- just leave it off your face unless you want each and every pore to clog and break out.

Grainy Facial Scrubs

Facial scrubs are great for some individuals. Grainy textures, such as walnut shells, can help to exfoliate skin. However, when you have acne you have to be careful not to exfoliate too much. Limit your use of grainy facial scrubs to areas not affected by acne and if you must exfoliate areas where acne is present, do so gently.

Remember, not all products are created equal. If you suffer from acne, steer away from the above three. They might be good for some, but for the acne-prone they're not.

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