I have combination skin (dry and oily). It's hard to find products that cater to my skin type. Be Fine has this like, guarantee that it is good for all skin types. By now, I bought and tried all of them and it has evened out my skin's texture (lack of a better word). What I find to be most effective in reducing the acne appearance is the Exfoliating Cleanser with the almonds and brown sugar. I use it as a body scrub, but it's supposed to be for face. It isn't abrasive like St. Ives Apricot Scrub, the sugar melts after like, 30 seconds or so and the scrub lathers well. My friends believe the Pore Refining Treatment Scrub helped a lot with reducing the size of their pores on their noses and foreheads. I haven't seen that much change on my skin from using the pore treatment alone, so I continue to use Biore Pore Strips (even though it hurts like hell). Then, I use the Toner, it increases circulation on the face and closes the pores. It works well in taking off make up and dirt. It contains Willow Bark and Witch Hazel, two of the ingredients, help reduce the redness in blemishes.
Most Effective combination: Exfoliating Cleanser followed by Toner.
Don't use an Exfoliating cleanser everyday, switch up your face wash every other day with something a little more gentler. Hope that helps!
I'm always on the lookout for the new products that are healthy and affordable, I'll keep you posted on what is working for me.
On a side note, I recently read in the June issue of Allure magazine, is that a combination of benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics can greatly reduce acne. Doctors are trying to create a treatment that is effective in combating acne, but not making our bodies resistant to antibiotics. The doctors assigned 26 patients with mild to moderate acne to apply benzoyl peroxide and butenifine (an antifungal agent that activates benzoyl peroxide) or only benzoyl peroxide for eight weeks. The patients that used the combo treatment had nearly 64% decrease in blackheads compared to 16% in the group that just used Benzoyl. According to the clinical professor in the article, he suggest that people can combine benzoyl peroxide with an over-the-counter antifungal, like, Lamisil may also be effective. If you are going to apply a topical acne treatment, which can cause skin irritation, he advises to apply it 30 minutes after washing the face to allow time for the skin's protective oils to regenerate (Allure, June 2007, p. 133). I want to try this out!