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Just bare with me here. This is my first post on this board, so not really sure what details about myself I should give. Just trying to make it easier for someone to help me with some tips.

I am a 190lbs 23yr old Male in reat physical condition, has a steady diet of the right foods and has sun exposure 1-2times a week.

My acne has GREATLY subsided in the past few years. It started to peaked out around 19yrs old. Then I would only have moderate acne along my chin and occasionally my forehead. This period was about 20-22yrs old. Last October 2008 I purchased Proactiv and received huge results from the product. I still get a pimple here and there, but they are very mild.

Is it time for me to stop using a medicated face wash with my very mild acne?

Is it more harmful than a regular soft facial cleanser?
 

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well proactive is fairly expensive..
ive never used it but id assume its fairly strong stuff,
 

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If you have a history of acne (like most of us that have used Proactiv), I suspect that the only reason you're not still breaking out is because what you're using right now is 'maintaining' your skin. I always have to use something that is geared toward acne no matter how clear my skin looks, or I'll flare right back up. The choice is yours, though. Maybe after a few more posts, you can make an informed decision, but just remember that everyone is different and what works for me might not work for you. Also, a lot of finding what works is simply trial and error. Good luck.
 

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Is it time for me to stop using a medicated face wash with my very mild acne?

Is it more harmful than a regular soft facial cleanser?
Yes you should start switching but not necessarily to non-medicated. Proactiv is extremely strong and I doubt it's good for your skin long-term unless you have horrible acne.

Perhaps switch to a relatively-mild gel face wash with salicylic acid it instead, then follow up with an oil-free moisturizer, preferably a gel type. If you still get some pimples try using a cream as needed, maybe something with tea tree oil.
 

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Just bare with me here. This is my first post on this board, so not really sure what details about myself I should give. Just trying to make it easier for someone to help me with some tips.

I am a 190lbs 23yr old Male in reat physical condition, has a steady diet of the right foods and has sun exposure 1-2times a week.

My acne has GREATLY subsided in the past few years. It started to peaked out around 19yrs old. Then I would only have moderate acne along my chin and occasionally my forehead. This period was about 20-22yrs old. Last October 2008 I purchased Proactiv and received huge results from the product. I still get a pimple here and there, but they are very mild.

Is it time for me to stop using a medicated face wash with my very mild acne?

Is it more harmful than a regular soft facial cleanser?
Anything with salicylic acid in it is great for acne prone skin. If you feel like you need a change, use a gentle wash every couple of days. You can alternate between a medicated and a gentle wash. Ceptaphil has a nice gentle cleanser as do a few other lines. Be careful using anything with benzolyl peroxide in it. It may help to clear your face for the moment, but causes damage to your skin later.
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