Friday, August 17, 2018

Acne Treatments: Compare


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Pros
enhances effectiveness of current acne treatment routine and is gentle on skin; convenient size for traveling; 100% natural; good for reducing redness and inflammation
inexpensive; effective treatment of mild acne and blackheads; 3-1 makes nightly routine easier
very effective treatment for mild to severe acne; available in different strengths/formulas (ie lotion developed for more sensitive skin); light, non-greasy formula; said to be gentler than other topical prescription-strength retinods (ie Retin-A); helps regulate oil production; can also reduce hyperpigmentation
Cons
time-consuming; expensive (especially if you end up buying the "Power Pack")
won't fade acne scaring; fragrance and coloring agents may irritate sensitive skin; may be overly drying for some users
expensive if you don't have insurance; takes 8-12 weeks to see results and acne can get worse before it gets better; increased skin sensitivity and irritation
Active Ingredient or Technology
Device uses phototherapy.
Gel contains 2% Salicylic Acid.
Two formulas contain different strengths of the adapalene, a retinoid. The gel is 0.3% adapalene and the lotion is 0.1% adapalene.
Skin Concern
Mild to moderate acne
Mild acne and blackheads
Mild to severe acne
Skin Type
Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive
Normal, Oily or Combination
Normal, Oily or Combination
Price
$348
$7
$35 (with insurance)
Prescription Needed?
No
No
Yes
Size
Device is 6.5" tall and the head is 1.25" in diameter. It weighs less than 8 ounces.
2 fluid ounces
Gel is 1.6 fluid ounces (45 grams) and the lotion is 2 fluid ounces
Supply
Unlimited
Varies based on usage
Varies based on usage
How It Works
Releases wavelengths of blue light that penetrate deep into your skin to kill acne-causing bacteria, P. acnes, and soothe inflammatory acne vulgaris. Basically, within P. acnes bacteria, there are small molecules known as porphyrins. When exposed to 420 nm and shorter wavelengths of light, porphyrins generate free radicals that attack and kill P. acnes bacteria.
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.
As a retinoid, adapalene works by normalizing the shedding of skin cells to prevent pores from clogging and blemishes from forming. Since the medication draws existing bacteria to the surface of the skin, your skin may look worse before it gets better. It takes about 8-12 weeks to see results.
Side Effects
None
Increased dryness and peeling are possible side effects.
Itching, dryness, redness, burning or peeling are possible side effects.
Warranty/Money Back Guarrantee
5-year warranty and 60-day money back guarantee
N/A
N/A
 
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