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Acne Treatments Reviewed

Friday, July 21, 2017 09:40

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Acne conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Acne treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Acne treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Acne Treatments

 
Clearasil  

If you have stubborn acne, you are all too familiar with the frustrations of trying to find a product that will help you win the fight. Sometimes it seems that no matter what you do, your acne will not clear up. If you have sensitive skin, the problem can be even worse, since most acne creams are harsh enough to cause skin redness and irritation.

For generations, teens and adults have depended on Clearasil products to help combat their acne. Today, Clearasil has vastly expanded its product line to include a wide range of wipes, pads, creams and washes. Most Clearasil products have salicylic acid as a main ingredient, although some stronger formulations use benzoyl peroxide.

If you are interested in using Clearasil products to fight your acne, the company’s website (http://www.clearasil.us/) is a great place to start. You can input your skin type and the sort of treatment you need (frequent acne, occasional breakouts, etc), and the system will help you design a personalized regimen of appropriate products. Much easier than standing in the store staring at labels!

Both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are considered safe and effective for the treatment of acne in most people. However, both ingredients can be drying and damaging. It is highly recommended that you consult with your doctor before starting any treatment for your acne. A visit to the dermatologist can be especially useful in helping you determine your skin type and the type of acne you have. He or she can also help you decide which products are safest and most effective for you.

 
Stridex  

Stubborn acne is a common complaint of both teens and adults. For generations we have turned to Stridex (http:// www.stridex.com) products to help us combat acne and improve the quality of our skin. Over the past several years, Stridex has expanded its product line, offering solutions for people with various skin types and types of acne.

Stridex products come in two versions. Some use the active ingredient salicylic acid, while others use benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is generally considered to be a milder ingredient, although both are safe and effective for most people.

The Stridex brand now contains other products as well, including facial washes and gels. Some of these products are specially formulated for those with deep, stubborn acne. Others are very gentle and believed to be safe for those with sensitive skin.

Nonetheless, any acne medication can cause drying and irritation. In addition, these products can interact negatively with other medications. Before starting any acne treatment regimen, it is best to consult with your doctor. A dermatologist can help you determine your skin type and type of acne, and recommend those products that are best for you.

Whichever Stridex product you use, keep in mind that over-cleansing can actually cause your acne to worsen. Acne medication can strip away your skin’s natural oils, so be sure to always follow the package directions and avoid the urge to use your cleansers more often than is recommended. Consider pairing your acne cleanser with a light oil-free moisturizer to keep your skin soft and healthy.

 
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil  

Tea tree oil is an herbal product whose safety and efficacy have not been tested by the Food and Drug Administration. Therefore, all claims made about the product must be considered to be opinion rather than fact. Nonetheless, many researchers and users have found tea tree oil to have antibacterial properties that can aid in the reduction of acne. Tea tree oil is often thought to be less drying and skin-damaging than salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, the common ingredients in most over the counter acne medications.

The active ingredient in tea tree oil is an antimicrobial agent called terpinen-4-ol. The product is an essential oil made by extracting the oil from the leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia plant. Aboriginal peoples have used the oil as an antimicrobial for thousands of years.

Tea tree oil is a common ingredient in many soaps, shampoos and other personal hygiene products. However, many people prefer to use a more pure form of the oil. The Body Shop recently released a 15% tea tree oil solution. The formulation heavily dilutes the essential oil, although some experts believe that it should be diluted even further, perhaps as low as 5%, for regular use.

Tea tree oil is thought to have an effect on the hormones, and is not recommended for those with hormonally affected cancers or women who are pregnant or nursing. There is also a possible link between tea tree oil and breast enlargement in boys, although this has not been proven.

Since tea tree oil is an herbal remedy, it is critical that you consult with your doctor before beginning treatment. He or she will consult your medical history and help you determine whether tea tree oil is right for you.

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