Severe Acne Spot Treatment + Redness Control Maximum Strength Terminator 10
This lightweight, fragrance-free lotion is medicated with 10% benzoyl peroxide. Although it does kill acne-causing bacteria, this relatively high concentration of benzoyl peroxide can be needlessly drying. Research has shown that there is little benefit, and potentially negative results, from using a 10% concentration of benzoyl peroxide.
Most people with acne will find their blemishes respond best to topical disinfectants with 2.5%–5% benzoyl peroxide. If these amounts don’t help, your next step should be to speak with your physician about a prescription topical product, which may be necessary anyway if your acne is truly severe.
In terms of redness control, assuming your skin can tolerate 10% benzoyl peroxide (an amount more likely to be sensitizing, leading to more redness), this product contains some notable anti-irritants, which is to your skin’s benefit.
Last, as for the claim of this being "prescription-strength", it isn't, at least not in the sense of that description meaning a superior form of benzoyl peroxide. Whether prescribed or purchased over-the-counter, benzoyl peroxide is a tightly regulated drug. The only advantage to prescription forms is that they're usually combined with a topical antibiotic for enhanced efficacy, but that’s not the case here.
Note: The inactive ingredients for this product are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. This is permissible because the product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug. Although many companies selling OTC skin-care products have begun listing their ingredients in this manner, it doesn't make it any easier for the consumer to determine how much of a given ingredient they’re applying to their skin.
Prescription-strength medicated spot treatment quickly reduces the size and redness of pimples and blackheads.
Strengths: Some of the products in the kit are well formulated for mild to moderate acne; utilizes gold standard anti-acne ingredient benzoyl peroxide.
Weaknesses: None of the kits are all-in-one solutions for those with acne or blackheads (every kit has at least one problematic product that will make acne worse); none of the kits include a product with sunscreen (even those with oily, acne-prone skin need sun protection); no effective products with anti-acne salicylic acid.
AcneFree is a small group of skin-care products sold in sets. As you may have guessed from the brand name, this is a line that's all about treating acne. You'll find this brand in most major drugstores, but it's not the acne treatment system to beat!
Owned by University Medical Pharmaceuticals, you'd think these products would be a slam-dunk for acne, but they're not. Although the kits contain some good products, all of them feature at least one product that's not effective for its intended purpose or contains irritating ingredients that will make your acne worse.
Just because the company claims these kits (systems) are the #1 best-selling in America doesn't mean they work; rather, it means that a lot of consumers with acne are buying the wrong products. We understand the frustration of struggling with breakouts. You want something that works to get rid of them, and the faster the better. It would be great if AcneFree could make good on all of its promises, but it simply doesn't, at least not 100%.
For more information about AcneFree, call 1.800.321.4576 or visit www.acnefree.com.
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