I have something I'd like to get off my chest.. about the sometimes nasty product, 'Salicylic Acid'. It's in so, SO many skin care products.. mostly in cleansers, but it can also be found in moisturizers and spot creams. It's touted as one of the best acne clearer-uppers on the market, but sadly.. in not only my experience, but friends I've talked to about it, have relayed that it's only made things worse. MUCH, much worse.
In the research that I've done, I've learned that this beta-hydroxy acid is a byproduct from the willow tree.. variation of it can be found in aspirin as well.. I've seen suggestions for problem-skinned people to crush up aspirin and use it as a topical treatment for blemishes.. bad move, yo. Check out this wiki page on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salicylate_sensitivity. I realize this stuff helps a lot of people shed old skin cells to help bring forth the new, radiant ones.. but not for me. If you have sensitive skin like I do, AND acne problems you might want to steer clear of Salicylic acid. And if you do use it, if things get worse it's probably because of this ingredient!!!
I think it's really important for people to know what ingredients are actually the most important, and widely used in the industry so that they can find better products that suit their individual needs. I hope that if anyone reading this has problems that don't seem to be going away, check the ingreedz on your skin care bottles! It has taken me a REALLY LONG TIME to get to where I am today, and I'm still learning new things about how my skin reacts to certain products. Good luck to all in their search for their perfect skin care regimen <3