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For less dramatic days, stick with the Control Corrective Essential Daily Care Kit.

Control Corrective

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We try to keep four-letter words to a minimum (our mothers raised us better than that). Included on the list: acne. Luckily, this kit of four blemish-fighting essentials sets us up to banish this word from our vocabulary (and our face)—and quickly.

How it Works

The Medicated Pumice Wash is an antibacterial exfoliating cleanser that wipes away acne-triggering dirt and oil while it prepares the skin for the fast-acting ingredients in this set of treatment products. The Acne Spot Treatment gel’s glycolic and salicylic acids take care of acne-causing oil and condition the skin with witch hazel and aloe vera. The bacteria-banishing benzoyl peroxide and anti-inflammatory sulfur in the Clear Med 5% effectively penetrate the skin and reach blemishes at their source. Once skin is properly treated, the Oil Free Healing Lotion helps to balance and repair the situation by hydrating via its non-greasy formula. This targeted product combo can be used on all skin types, but give it a break if it causes a bad reaction or dries out skin.

How to Use

Apply a quarter-sized amount of the Medicated Pumice Wash to damp skin and gently massage for up to a minute. Rinse thoroughly. Dab a small amount of the Acne Spot Treatment gel on affected area or all over for full coverage. Once the treatment has been fully absorbed, test the Clear Med 5% on a small patch of skin the first time you use it. If all’s well, smear a thin layer where needed, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and then rinse off. As your skin acclimates to the treatment, you can leave Clear Med 5% on for longer. For a hydrating finish, apply a dime-sized amount of the Oil Free Healing Lotion as often as needed. With all of these products, a little goes a long way. Scale back if you see dryness or peeling. Take the travel-size kit wherever you go and be sure to have a spare one for home use.

Medicated Pumice Wash: Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%). Other Ingredients: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Polyethylene, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Dimeticone, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylisothiazolinone.

Acne Spot Treatment: Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%), Glycolic Acid (3%), Other Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol 40-A, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Lactate & Sodium PCA & Gycine & Fructose & Urea & Niacinamide & Inositol & Sodium Benzoate & Lactic Acid Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Glucosamine Sulfate, Methylisothiazolinone.

Clear Med 5%: Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide 5%, Sulfur 3%. Other Ingredients: Deionized Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide.

Oil Free Healing Lotion: Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Methyl Glyceth-20, Polysorbate 60, Trithanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Carbomer, Panthenol, Allantoin, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Disodium EDTA, Glycosaminoglycans, Methylisothiazolinone.

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Good for Acne

Skin type: acne prone/oily in areas (nose, chin, forehead, chest) but aging with fine wrinkles around eyes/mouth.

Pros: clears skin fast, smells good, and the kit includes a wash, a night agent, day agent and moisturizer. The moisturizer is wonderful and non-greasy, light but gets the job done. The clear med and acne spot treatment have really worked wonders (I only put these on in the problem areas).

Cons: The pumice wash is to strong, drying out and irritating cheeks and periphery. Transitioned to a night wash in just the problem areas, but still had dry/flaking at the perimeter of the oily areas. Also, THE WASH WILL BLEACH YOUR TOWELS even with a good rinse.

Also, you cannot get any of these products individually on birchbox! I would love to order a full size 5% clear med, acne spot treatment and moisturizer, but I can't on birchbox.

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