I've been on a roll with my skin these past few weeks, I've had no horrible breakouts and my dark spots are slowly fading away. There's no big secret really, I just realized that Cetaphil wasn't enough to remove excess sebum and dirt from my face, thus leaving me prone to breakouts. Cetaphil was also woefully inadequate to address the pimples that would continuously sprout on the sides of my face, so I added Celeteque Alcohol-free toner to the mix and went back to Benzoyl Peroxide in 2.5% for spot treatment, and the results have been splendid.
When using Celeteque toner, I would make sure to swipe the cotton ball several times across my hairline and the sides of my face. Just a few days after doing so, no new pimples formed and my existing zits began to dry out. My theory is that Cetaphil wasn't able to remove all the gunk from my face, so I needed a gentle toner to finish the job. And that's where Celeteque shines the most.
Unilab recently upgraded the Celeteque line and came out with the Dermoscience line with all sorts of variants and products (back acne spray!). The alchol-free toner I have been using was repackaged into the Hydration range, and other skin specific products were likewise released. I picked up a bottle of Acne Solutions Oil Control toner once my first generation Celeteque toner ran out, and was excited to see how it would fare against my old fave.
The first thing I noticed was the smell. The Oil Control toner had a strong alcohol scent that was noticeably absent from the old toner. The smell reminded me so much of the acne medications prescribed by my dermatologist. Not a good sign.
Thankfully, the Oil Control toner didn't sting as much as my derma prescribed toner. There was a slight tingling sensation the first few seconds after I swiped on the toner though, but it was gone after a while.
Unfortunately, the Oil Control toner dried out my skin. I noticed my face felt tight after only a few days of using the new toner and my pores seemed bigger than usual, if that was even possible. But in fairness, I did not break out while using the Oil Control toner, however, it was obvious that it was too strong for my skin and I was better off with the old school, first generation Celeteque toner, which now sports a nifty new look.
Clearly, the original is still the best in this case, and now that I've found what works for my skin, I shouldn't be too product happy in the future.
*Celeteque products are available in all groceries and supermarkets nationwide.