Forget the big magazines and turn to the internet for help. The reason there are so many ads for Big Name Cleanser in your favorite magazine is because the company that makes the product pays for that space. On the internet there are people who are very passionate about their subject. For unbiased skin care reviews just search for a blogger who specializes in the health and beauty market. These sites are almost always independently run and don't have to cater to large advertisers.
To be sure, though, make sure you check out a site's advertising and review policy. There is always the possibility that you're using a product that you shouldn't be using for your unique skin type. You'll need to know about your skin type, but if you're not familiar with this process then you may encounter difficulties. A cosmetologist or beautician can help "diagnose" your skin type and help you figure out which are the best skin care products for that type.There's an excellent chance you'll have to sit through sales pitches for high-priced skin products. But you'll still walk away with knowing your skin type.
Do swallow all the hype. Just because one product has a hard hitting marketing campaign does not mean that the product is any better than the generic skin care product that is sitting right next to it on the shelf. There are skin products that are so effective that word of mouth keeps them alive. So keep a look-out for unfamiliar products that don't get a lot of play. After all, it's possible that such an unfamiliar product could turn out to be one you absolutely love.
Why would so much money need to be spent to get your attention if all those products worked? There are creative ways to go about learning which skin products are best for your skin type.You'll always find people whose skin reacts just fine to almost any product. Then there are so many others who require a little more support. Don't give up on your skin, keep learning and trying and soon you'll know what your skin likes and what it doesn't like.