Thursday, August 16, 2018

Acne Treatments: Compare


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Pros
inexpensive; effective treatment of mild acne and blackheads; 3-1 makes nightly routine easier
effective treatment for moderate acne that is less irritating than other Benzoyl Peroxide treatments because it isn't as potent; 60-day money back guarantee; ability to customize program; travel size containers available
quick and easy to use; won't irritate or dry skin; FDA-approved
Cons
won't fade acne scaring; fragrance and coloring agents may irritate sensitive skin; may be overly drying for some users
more expensive than other acne treatments with Benzoyl Peroxide; Benzoyl Peroxide can bleach hair and dyed fabric (clothing, carpet, sheets/pillows, towels, etc.); skin will be more sensitive to outside irritants/sun
it doesn't work on blackheads, whiteheads or cystic acne; can't replace batteries so essentially disposable after 60-80 uses; relatively pricey
Active Ingredient or Technology
Gel contains 2% Salicylic Acid.
Cleanser/Lotion contain 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and the Toner contains Glycolic Acid.
Device uses gentle heat technology.
Skin Concern
Mild acne and blackheads
Mild to moderate acne
Mild to moderate acne
Skin Type
Normal, Oily or Combination
Normal, Oily or Combination
Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive
Price
$7
$19.95
$40
Prescription Needed?
No
No
No
Size
2 fluid ounces
Cleanser and Toner are both 4 fluid ounces and the Lotion is 2 fluid ounces. (Larger sizes available.)
1.5" x 1.8" x 3" (L x W x H) and weighs 3.2 ounces
Supply
Varies based on usage
2-month supply
Batteries last for 60-80 treatments.
How It Works
Powerful MicroClearâ„¢ technology helps the key acne medicine, salicylic acid, unclog congested pores and penetrate deep under the surface of your skin to fight acne at its source. At the same time, the unique formula contains moisturizers to hydrate and soften skin, as well as calming ingredients to reduce redness and irritation.
3-Step System features a cleanser, toner and repairing lotion. The medicated cleanser gently exfoliates skin and boosts the delivery of its acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide (2.5%). The toner has glycolic acid that continues to clean/exfoliate skin. It also has other moisturizing and calming ingredients to improve skin's tone. Finally, the gentle repairing lotion also contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide to help to kill acne-causing bacteria below the surface of your skin.
Device features ClearPointâ„¢ technology, which sends the optimal level of heat to kill bacteria that causes blemishes to occur. Painless and gentle on skin, it starts working in the 1st hour and helps clear or fade 90% of blemishes within 24 hours.
Side Effects
Increased dryness and peeling are possible side effects.
Increased dryness and irritation are possible side effects.
Heat may cause temporary redness.
Warranty/Money Back Guarrantee
N/A
60-day money back guarantee
1-year for parts/labor
 
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