There seemed to be a lot of over the counter medications in the market today which claim to be the perfect treatment for acne. While it is good to have a good number of choices or options in terms of acne treatment, it is also wise to be discerning when it comes to products that we use on our faces.
For years now, the gold standard for treating mild to moderate acne is benzoyl peroxide. This topical antimicrobial medicine is known to specifically target P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts and is widely popular for its anti- inflammatory and anti-pore clogging properties.
Though not classified as antibiotic, it has been the cornerstone of prescription and over-the-counter acne therapy medication including Proactiv for over 50 years now.
An exclusive form of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) can found in the Proactiv 3-Step System’ s Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3). The crystalline BPO present in these Proactiv products were finely milled in order to achieve the pore penetrating action that is needed to control the acne cycle without compromising gentleness on skin.
Other Ways To Treat Acne
PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SOAP
While it may seem counter-intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog pores any better than gentle cleansing. To a certain extent, they have been seen to do more harm than good since such actions only worsen acne. While we cannot deny that cleansing and scrubbing reduce surface oils and dead skin cells, most cleansers available in the market today are laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents). Surfactants which are responsible for the sudsy foam and lather in most cleansers, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin’ s barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and infection. Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser contains fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation.
PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SALICYLIC ACID
Salicylic acid, another ingredient present in most acne treatment medication, breaks through the plug but does not kill the P. acnes bacteria, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Acne is caused by a variety of factors so it is best to use a medicated cleanser, like Proactiv, with proven ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide or sulfur that help unclog pores, kill bacteria and/or reduce inflammation.
PROACTIV SOLUTION VS. ORAL DRUGS
When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. Although there are studies which support the effectivity of these methods in controlling severe acne, due to the nature of these drugs, there have been rising concerns about the safe use of these drus as well. For example, in 2010 alone, suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin have been reported. Hormonal pills, which are primarily use as contraceptive are found to cause water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer too. With Proactiv Solution you’ll have none of these side effects.
We should always exercise extreme caution when choosing acne treatment medicationsince it is not just just our beauty that is at stake here but also our health. We have to always choose an acne treatment product with ingredients that are proven and tested safe for us to use like Proactiv Solution.