Thursday, August 16, 2018

Acne Treatments: Compare


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Pros
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
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
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
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
Cleanser/Lotion contain 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and the Toner contains Glycolic 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 to severe acne
Skin Type
Normal, Oily or Combination
Normal, Oily or Combination
Price
$19.95
$35 (with insurance)
Prescription Needed?
No
Yes
Size
Cleanser and Toner are both 4 fluid ounces and the Lotion is 2 fluid ounces. (Larger sizes available.)
Gel is 1.6 fluid ounces (45 grams) and the lotion is 2 fluid ounces
Supply
2-month supply
Varies based on usage
How It Works
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.
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
Increased dryness and irritation are possible side effects.
Itching, dryness, redness, burning or peeling are possible side effects.
Warranty/Money Back Guarrantee
60-day money back guarantee
N/A
 
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