Does Proactiv really work to clear acne?
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Proactiv for Acne
Acne is a medical condition, it is a result of clogged pores. Everyone has P.acne bacteria (Propionibacterium acne) that live on the skin, when there is an excess of sebum (oily skin) this causes the bacteria to multiply in the pores. This results in inflammation, redness, swelling, heat, tenderness and sometimes infections.
The best thing for you to do is to see a Board Certified Dermatologist. When you see a Dermatologist they will assess your skin and can prescribe medication as necessary for your acne. Prescription medications will always be more effective than products you buy over the counter.
There are a variety of different medications that are both topical and oral that can help improve your acne. Alternatively, there are also several different types of treatments like Isolaz or Photodynamic Therapy that can improve your acne without medications and will give you quicker improvement.
Consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see what the best option for your acne is.
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ProActiv works for some people
Yes, it can help acne but probably not
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Proactiv works for some acne
Please see a board-certified dermatologist and make sure you are on your way to acne-free skin. Glowing skin begins with a complete skincare plan, including topical retinoids such as Retin-A or Tazorac. These retinoids actually stop blackheads and whiteheads from forming. This should be the foundation of your skin care. Next, your dermatologist may recommend washes or other topical medications containing BP which can help. Proactiv is fine, too, if your dermatologist recommends it to you.
What will work for my acne?
ProActive is an over the counter (or through the mail) product that has great advertising. It uses basic ingredients that will likely work for mild acne.
In general, the most common type of acne medicine is a cream or gel that you put on your skin. Many of these can be bought without a prescription. These medicines may help if your acne is mild. Benzoyl peroxide is the most common type. It is in most over-the-counter acne medicines (like ProActive.)
If over-the-counter medicines don't work, your doctor can prescribe other types of medicine. These are usually antibiotics or retinoids. These medicines can cause dryness or redness. If this becomes a problem for you, your doctor can tell you ways to make your skin feel better.
Because acne is such a common condition, there are many treatments out there. Some are supported by data, others aren't. Some treatments are expensive, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better. Overall, give response to treatment some time. How much time? Depends on the severity of your acne, and can range from weeks to months.
Scientific data shows that the main ingredient or Proactive (Benzoyl peroxide) works for mild acne. Will it work for your acne? Possibly, but also consider spending that money on a consultation with a Dermatologist or Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who can give you expert advise.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.