With a lot of medications claiming that they can treat acne, how do you know if these really can treat acne?
For years now studies have shown that benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is effective in treating mild to moderate acne. A topical antimicrobial medicine, it is an oxidizing agent that specifically kills P. acnes, the bacteria that causes acne breakouts.
The smart way to treat acne is the Proactiv way. Proactiv has benzoyl peroxide which is superior to other medications used for acne treatment.
Proactiv Solution has Micro-crystals (micro-crystal medicine) benzoyl peroxide, the exclusive form of BPO in Proactiv’s 3-Step System’s Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3). A crystalline BPO that is finely-milled to achieve the pore penetration required to control the acne cycle. This micro-crystal BPO features very small and uniform particles designed specifically to penetrate pores faster, and to be gentler on the skin.
There are other ways of treating acne, and we compare some of them with Proactiv Solution:
Proactiv Solution vs Soap
Cleaning and scrubbing only reduce surface oils and dead skin cells. Using products with harsh ingredients like alcohol and detergents often irritate the skin and worsen acne.
Proactiv Solution doesn’t contain surfactants that are harsh on the skin, and strip the skin of essential oils.
Proactiv Solution vs Salicylic Acid
Salicylic acid in a cleanser breaks through the plug, but doesn’t kill the P. acne bacteria that cause acne breakouts. It’s best to wash with a medicated cleanser with proven ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, or sulfur, that penetrates the skin to help unclog pores and kill bacteria.
Proactiv Solution vs Oral Drugs
For severe acne, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs such as isotretinoin or hormonal pills. Some studies support these methods as effective for extreme cases. But due to the nature of these drugs and their side effects, it’s questionable if the benefits outweigh the costs. Hormonal pills, which are mainly indicated as contraceptives, sometimes causes water retention, weight gain, and mood swings.
Proactiv Solution does not have these side effects.