She posted her transformation photo to Reddit—and everything she's been using costs $20 or less.

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If you're trying to clear up stubborn acne, patience is key, which is why most acne transformations photos span at least a few months. But recently, one woman shared an impressive before-and-after from just a month on a new Reddit-sourced skin-care regimen. The Reddit user's results are seriously inspiring for anyone who has ever dealt with consistent breakouts. (Related: This Woman's Acne Transformation Will Have You Hopping On the Drunk Elephant Bandwagon)

After switching from the Pill to an IUD and becoming especially stressed, the OP (that's Reddit-speak for "original poster") had the worst breakout of her life, she wrote. She discovered the subreddit r/skincareaddiction and decided to change up her skin-care routine. "I used to think exfoliating the hell out of my face would solve all my problems and BOY WAS I WRONG," she explained. "My biggest problem was and still is picking and touching my face, but I'm back on Vyvanse for my ADD, so I'm hoping that helps with the picking and face touching. I'm one month into my new routine and even my doctor is impressed." (FYI, Vyvanse is a stimulant often used to treat ADHD or binge-eating disorder.)

And she didn't have to shell out on luxury products, either. The OP posted her a.m. and p.m. routines, and everything adds up to $93. (Related: The Best Drugstore Acne Products, According to Dermatologists)

Daytime Skin-Care Routine: She uses CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($15,, Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner ($7,, and CeraVe a.m. Moisturizing Lotion ($13, She's also been using Clinique Pep Start ($20, but is on the hunt for a different sunscreen that wears well under makeup as well as a chemical exfoliator.

Nighttime Skin-Care Routine: She double cleanses with Garnier Waterproof Micellar Water ($9, and CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, then applies Thayers Witch Hazel Rose Petal Toner, and CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($14, She also uses Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Mask ($15, one to three times per week.

The OP's routine includes a lot of favorites among r/skincareaddiction followers. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser and Moisturizing Lotion are both on the subreddit's holy grail product lists. The moisturizer is also derm-approved. "Ceramides are naturally found in the lipid layer of the skin and help to keep moisture in the skin," Papri Sarkar, M.D., a dermatologist in Brookline, MA, previously told us before recommending the product.

Her toner of choice is another skin-care classic containing witch hazel, a tried-and-true ingredient that's been popular lately thanks to the natural beauty trend. Witch hazel works as an astringent, absorbing excess oils, and has anti-inflammatory benefits, making it ideal for oily or acne-prone skin. (See: Witch Hazel Is Making a Major Skin-Care Comeback)

Judging by the OP's results in such a short time, her product recs are definitely worth checking out. Please excuse us while we run to the nearest Target.

Comments (1)

March 6, 2019
I would also add some good quality marula oil in the beauty routine to deal with the acne issues and get better complexion and glow.