Proactiv® is a three-part acne treatment kit that is sold on a subscription basis, and its major drawback is its one-size-fits-all approach to treating acne that locks people into auto-ship that they have reportedly had difficulty canceling. Most of the feedback we hear about the efficacy of Proactiv® on treating acne is as follows: It’s either too harsh and the client had to stop using it or it worked for a few weeks but then quickly stopped working, at which time their acne came back with a vengeance.
In comparison, POREspective™ has 20 products in our acne line to clear six different Acne Types that are purchased on an as-needed basis. Also, POREspective™ offers a step-system of recommended products to start and then strengthen your home care routine to outsmart your skin’s ability to adapt.
What is Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO)?
Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) was introduced to the world of skin care in the 1960s and remains one of the most effective acne medications available today. It has the ability to penetrate deep into the pores and attacks acne on all three fronts. It causes a desirable peeling effect down in the pore and loosens and softens the acne impactions. It releases oxygen deep in the pore which kills the p. acnes bacteria which can’t survive in the presence of oxygen. It is also mildly drying and inhibits the fatty acids in sebum. With regular, consistent use, BPO prevents the formation of those microcomedones, or plugs, that are the primary cause of acne lesions.
What is Proactiv®?
Proactiv® is a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide product. (See Product Equivalents.)
Aren’t All Benzoyl Peroxide Products the Same?
Unfortunately, not all BPO products are formulated effectively. Sometimes the BPO is mixed with fatty acids or oils that seal off the skin and prevent the BPO from adequately penetrating the pores, rendering it useless. Some BPO products, including pharmaceutical-grade ones prescribed by the dermatologist, are glutted with pore-clogging ingredients, compromising their effectiveness as acne-fighters.
There are a few other cautions for BPO, and this is where Proactiv® stumbles. Any BPO product that can be tolerated overnight the first week or two is not going to be strong enough to control acne in the long run. The skin rapidly gets used to BPO, and it stops working. On the flip side, any BPO product that is strong enough to clear acne and keep it that way is definitely too strong to be tolerated overnight for the first several weeks of treatment.
Everyone’s skin has different tolerances. Some people can go out in the sun for an hour and not get burned, and some of us get red when shown a picture of the sun. In the same way some people can tolerate Proactiv® overnight right from the start. These people see results pretty quickly, but then it stops working as their skin adapts. Other people put on Proactiv® or other BPO products and their skin gets red and irritated, and they conclude that they must be allergic to BPO and abandon that form of treatment.
What Kind of Benzoyl Peroxide Does POREspective Have in Its Acne Home Care Products?
At POREspective™, we use Benzoyl Peroxide as only one of several tools to help clear your acne. Our BPO products are formulated without oils or fatty acids, and without pore-clogging ingredients. We use four different BPO concentrations ranging from 2.8% to 10%, plus one that has sulfur added to it for a synergistic effect. Most important, we provide you with a personalized, graduated wearing schedule every other day for 2-4 weeks to prevent your skin from becoming overly dry or irritated (see “stronger routine”), and if you come to our clinic we monitor your skin closely to decide when it is time to introduce a stronger product.
We also provide you with guidance about how to wear bezoyl peroxide – always use white towels and pillowcases, don’t wear eye cream or other moisturizers, never apply it around your eyes or lower neck, and the reasons why. If you have questions, we are only an email away!
With the help of the right BPO, along with the other products in our arsenal and our guidance and monitoring, we will help clear your acne.
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