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    An_248067 posted:
    I am 29 years old Indian women with medium brown complexion,From past 10 years the area around mouth is little darker than rest of the face and i also have dark circles under eyes .I have large pores,blemishes and pits(from past acne) on my cheeks.
    I developed jawline acne from my last pregnancy which was a year ago,this still continues.I get a lot during my periods,Its painful and itchy and it spreads.

    My morning regimen includes
    cerave foam cleanser followed by neutrogena spf 15 oil free moisturizer

    My night regimen
    cerave foam cleanser/neutrogena foam cleanser and makeup remover followed by neutrogena pore minimizer toner with AHA BHA. followed by neutrogena multivitamin retinol cream followed by benzoyl peroxide 10% ointment which i use only on acne.

    retinol and benzyol peroxide worked well in beginning only.
    I eat healthy ,I drink enough water,i dont smoke or drink alcohol.I sleep 5-6hrs.My skin is still looks very dull and hopeless.
    I even met dermatologists, but no use.

    Please suggest any over the counter creams or home remedies that really really work to clear my skin, jawline acne,even out skin tone,banish dark circles and brighten /lighten my complexion.
    Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
    Dear An,

    You do have the key ingredients (ie BP, aha/bha, retinol) covered.

    Have you tried a prescription strength retinoid (instead of the neutrogena one)?

    Initially, you will get peeling, but your skin will definitely be brighter
    geni55 replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
    You might also try some scrubs. You can buy some that are not bad at the store, or look online and make your own. Something with sugar for the scrub, maybe honey and lemon.
    I like to use honey, lemon, vitamin E,C and D, CQ10, and sugar with a pinch of cinnamon. Mix them well with a pestle or whisk and leave it on for about 10 minutes. Right before you rinse, rub it in gently and rinse well in cool to warm water
    This helps remove dead skin, the honey and sugar are healers and the lemon will help with skin tone
    I know my complexion looks great when I use this. If you need moisture, try adding some avocado or olive or jojoba oil.
    You can look for ingredients that sound like they will tailor for your specific needs online

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