The Coral Actives Acne System uses benzoyl peroxide to help kill the bacteria that causes acne and sea whip, which helps to mitigate pain and take down inflammation — very beneficial for those with acne. I’ve had an unfortunate breakout as of late, so it was the perfect time for Coral Actives to send us their soap for us to try. I found that it was a bit tough on my skin, which became very sensitive, but overall, it was effective in helping me.
Acne is caused when excess sebum — known colloquially as oil — is produced and blocks the pores. They attract bacteria and inevitably become inflamed. After a multi-step process, this inevitably forms pimples. This doesn’t just happen to teens, it can and does happen to adults frequently, with some of the common causes being: weather changes, cosmetic products, heredity or hypersensitivity, high sugar in food and drinks, hormones, medication and medication changes, smoking, and stress. Unfortunately, some of those are unavoidable, but with treatment, one can keep acne under control. [Read More: How to Get Rid of Adult Acne: 6 Treatments You Haven’t Tried]
I found the Coral Actives bar gave me a good clean, but my skin felt a bit tight afterwards, as though there was still some residue from the soap. The Retin-A soap afterward took that feeling away, but left my skin feeling a bit sensitive. When I put on the topical Spot Treatment, I found that it burned a bit. My skin is relatively sensitive, so it’s possible that this reaction is merely that. I have not often used benzoyl peroxide products in the past, so I cannot speak comparatively. However, I did notice that some of the unfortunate breakout that’s been happening lately on my face went away (hooray!).
I’m not sure about the efficacy of including Retin-A in a wash-off product such as Coral Actives Scrub, particularly given the fact that it can denature in the presence of benzoyl peroxide. However, if you use the scrub at night and don’t cover it with benzoyl peroxide and use the benzoyl peroxide in the morning, that might work as a regiment. Overall, I found that the bar left me feeling a bit of residue on my face. However, I really enjoyed the Coral Actives spot cream, which definitely penetrated and helped to reduce acne and inflammation. I think that’s a product that I will continue to use.