Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DDF Acne Control Treatment Salicylic Acid Acne Medication: Swatches + Review

 

I've had acne since I can remember. 
Truly, apart from random memories of wearing Winnie the Pooh overalls while drawing Pokemon from the poster on my brother's door and chubby time jiggling on the trampoline with said brother and the sprinkler going underneath (ah, the good old days of awkward adolescence) pretty much every other memory from there on out involves a pimple or two. That may sound a bit extreme, but if you've had continuous blemishes (be it on face or body [or in my case: both]) for as long as you can stretch your memory, that constant self-consciousness sticks.

To go along with those memories are a myriad of acne products; from pills to scrubs to overnight creams, I've tried most things so long as they promised me blemish-free skin. Some products failed me (more face washes than I can count), some made me sick (the pills made me nauseous), and some have been a staple in my medicine cabinet since purchase (Acnefree's Terminator 10 Acne Spot Treatment, Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Triple-Action Toner, and a slew of Origins face masks to name a few). A recent addition to said stash is the DDF Acne Control Treatment which, I must say, has surprised me in the most delightful of ways.



I received this sample in my Birchbox last month and finally had the chance to try it out this past week because of a terrible case of facial acne. I'm talking the painful, all-over, I-can-feel-every-inch-of-my-face-even-though-I'm-not-touching-it kind of acne. I'm not sure what exactly caused it (I'm assuming a mixture of the climate, hormones, and back-to-school commercial inducing stress) but either way I needed a solution and fast; face washes, masks, and gallons of water just weren't getting rid of it quick enough so I was happy to try out a treatment that I was able to (according to the package) apply up to 3x a day.

Salicylic acid based treatments tend to be hit-or-miss for me so I wasn't sure how this particular medication was going to fare on my skin. I was doubly skeptic because of the extremely watery consistency of the treatment (it really feels like you're rubbing water into your skin which is surprisingly soothing when pimples are aplenty) because I'm used to thick and creamy products being the most effective for me. 
However, I think the results speak to the effectiveness of the DDF Acne Control Treatment better than my ramblings. Take a look:

Click the collage to get a better review of the results!

I'm thrilled!!!
You can see that even after just two days of use my skin is nearly back to normal (which, for me, is mostly clear with one or two active breakouts). The blemishes are (if not gone) less red, nearly-healed, and absolutely pain-free. 

I am extremely pleased with the formula of the DDF Acne Control Treatment as a whole. Apart from the obvious effectiveness of the product on my skin, it has a multitude of other pluses that many acne treatments are lacking: it's lightweight, scentless, and doesn't dry out the skin excessively (if at all). I've always had to be careful with acne treatments in the sense that I have to concentrate it on the blemish(es) so as not to dry out 'normal' areas of the skin but this is completely safe to use across the skin as a whole. Huzzah! When you're used to treating a handful of pimples at once you know how much a tedious (albeit necessary) process spot treatments can be. 

As much as I hate to add another acne treatment to my medicine cabinet (I feel like it just begs for breakouts) I'd much rather have medications ready for combat than have a face full of pimples staring at the cash register as he/she scans your acne products (it's about as embarrassing as buying a pint of Ben & Jerry's, a couple candy bars, and tampons all at the same time). 
So thank you Birchbox for adding another staple into my bathroom wardrobe!

Have you tried the DDF Acne Control Treatment?
Love it? Hate it?
What are your favorite products for combating acne?
Do share!

xoxo - Cassie

12 comments:

  1. Uhm ... WOW. If I hadn't known you and your honest reviews I would've been like YOU PHOTOSHOPPED IT. DON'T LIE TO ME. The results are amazing :O When I saw the days I was expecting you tried this for maybe a week or two but WOWZA. Sorry, I'm a little shocked that something worked so well because I have the same issue and usually it takes a bit longer to work. But wow, I'll need to find myself this magical water ASAP. I don't even know what I'm saying now, I'm stunned and amazed. Seriously, thanks for sharing this Cassie!!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Haha I know, right??? I was just as shocked with how effective this stuff has been with my skin since starting using it. If you do end up buying this I hope it works JUST as well (if not: better!) for you :)

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  2. This looks like an amazing product! The difference in three days! I too suffer from pimples but I have managed to control it using products containing green tea and my skin cure-all, lemon. hehe.It gets rid of the spots too and makes skin glow.

    Kathy
    www.mypeachdays.com

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    1. Aren't the results wonderful? And ooooo yes I have heard wonderful things about lemon for the skin; one of these days I've got to get my D.I.Y. on and try whipping up a face mask for myself :) Thanks for the recommendation Kathy!!

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  3. It worked very well on you!! Great review.

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    1. Yes, it really did! Thank you so much :)

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  4. I had oily skin forever. In college, I took Accutane. And a few years after that, the acne came back. Yay. After trying a bunch of products, this is what's still working for me: Jan Marini (especially the Bioclear Bioglycolic Cream or lotion, depending on the season, and the Bioglycolic cleanser), Avene (Retrinol, it's a retinol), and any moisturizer that works + argan oil (it doesn't have to be a fancy brand).

    When I went to the derm a few years ago for a mole check, she looked over my list of products and said, "Oh, you use the good stuff." Yes. Yes, I do. :-) Hope this helps.

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    1. Oh wow, well if the dermatologist says those are good then they must be!! Thank you for mentioning them to me, I'll have to look into them; my skin is one thing that I don't mind splurging on and taking care of :)

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  5. It looks like it worked a treat! That's the fantastic thing about subscription boxes - when they include products that you otherwise wouldn't have been exposed to or tried otherwise. It's quite incredible to see that kind of result with that few applications. It's good to hear that other aspects of it made it a pleasure to use as well, apart from how well it worked in reducing acne :)

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    1. I COMPLETELY agree with you - I would have never known about (much less tried!) this product if it weren't for Birchbox so it's moments like these that I'm extremely happy to be a subscriber :) The results are phenomenal (and continue to be!) like you said so I'm happy to share it with people even though I hate showing my nasty skin haha :)

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  6. Looking this stuff up immediately! I'm a really bad picker so any bumps immediately trigger a reaction in me and I make matters way worse. This looks like it worked wonders though. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I (clearly) am a terrible picker as well, it's a really bad habit that I wish I could fix ;__; But yes, this cleared my skin up so incredibly well; I hope that if you get it it works just as well for you!! <3

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