Acne Treatment Comparisons: Proactive, Oxy Maximum, and AcneFree

proactiveMany skin care products have the claim that it can clear up acne, the bane of many adolescents and adults. However, do any of this blemish removing remedies actually work?

Topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide is so of the best performing over the counter options for acne, which si caused by bacteria trapped in clogged pores. We recently tested Proactive ( advertised by Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry) it cost around $20 for a months supply. Acnefree Is about $20 for two months supply ) and OxyMaximum ( $5 for two to three months). Proactive and AcneFree offer a three-step method a wash, repair lotion and a toner. Oxy Maximum is a wash that you rinse off. In these test 83 male and female volunteers ages 14 to 40 used one of the product every morning and night for eight weeks.

Two devices were also tested that use heat or light to treat acne. The makers of the Xeno Hotspot ($40 for 80 use) and the rechargeable No!No!Skin ($180) claim these devices will reduce or completely remove inflamed acne blemishes; neither is design for whiteheads or blackheads. IN our test,26 volunteers used each device on one of their faces for two days.

How did These products perform
None of the topical treatments we tested completed related acne, but most of the volunteer had fewer blemishes at the end of the eight weeks regardless of which product they utilized. Up to two-thirds of them saw 40 percent fewer pimples on average.

Although the difference in acne reduction among brands was not statistically significant, the difference in price was. Acnefree cost about half what you would pay for Proactive and OxyMaximum was the least expensive of all.

Oxy Maximum and AcneFree are available at local drugstores and discount retailers. Proactive is available from some different sources, and we found a range of prices. A kiosk at a shopping mall was selling a two-month supply for $51. Amazon.com provided the equivalent amount for $44. We received differing information from Proactiv representatives when trying to purchase the product over the phone, but the ultimate quote price was $20 for a one-month kit. $40 for a two -month kit, and $60 for a three-month kit. The best deal could be directly from the company. Unless you cancel the subscription, the company will automatically renew your order.

Proactive Ingredients
Proactive has benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is an antimicrobial acne medication that works by killing P. acnes bacteria on contact within the pore. BPO also aids in unplugging pores and decreasing oil production which can be caused by hormones and occurs at the initial stages of the acne cycle. It has been used for many decades.

Glycolic acid is an acid (AHA) This is derived from sugar. IT is common and know for exfoliating and skin brightening properties. Glycolic acid aids to loosen the bones of dead skin cells and improves exfoliation of the skin’s surface and within the opening of pores to help healthy living cells beneath.

Salicylic Acid – Anti-acne medicine and mild beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid allows dead skin cells to loosen and shed, aiding to keep the pores clear of cellular debris. This is particularly critical in treating acne so that pores are not obstructed by dead skin cells which can confine oil and bacteria if left on the skin’s surface.

Hyaluronic acid is in the Moisturizing complex of step 3; It is a naturally occurring humectant agent that hold several hundred times its weight in water. It is found in the human body in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, providing moisture, and plumpness. It is not an “acid” in the traditional sense as there’s nothing harsh about it.

Hyaluronic acid applied to your skin, acts as a magnet to draw moisture to the skin helping to keep it visually hydrate. Hyaluronic acid is also known for it is soothing in protective properties.

OxyMaxium Ingredients
Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 10%
Inactive ingredients: butylene glycol, anhydrous citric acid, capryl/capramidopropyl betaine, cetostearyl Alcohol, cocamidopropyl fragrance, hydrolyzed soy protein, hydroxyphenyl propamidobenzoic
betaine, diazolidinyl urea, disodium PEG-5 laurylcitrate sulfosuccinate, propylparaben, purified water, sodium citrate, sodium lauroyl
acid, methylparaben, PEG-8 dimethicone, pentylene glycol,
sarcosinate, xanthan gum

Bottom Line
To treat acne on your own, begin with a benzoyl peroxide-based treatment, and be conscious of price as nearly all of our test participants were satisfied enough with the topical product they tried to say they would buy it. Thus it is not be necessary for you to buy the most expensive out there.

It is goo to remember that acne outbreaks are cyclical in nature. So your acne may get worse before it improves. Also keep in mind that benzoyl provided can irritate skin. If that happens, you might want to see a dermatologist.