One advantage salicylic acid has over benzoyl peroxide is that it is able to do in one step, what benzoyl peroxide takes two to accomplish. Salicylic acid does not dry out the skin. It would seem that using salicylic acid would be the ideal way to treat acne, but most people are using products that contain benzoyl peroxide because it is less expensive.
Salicylic acid is a registered ingredient with the FDA for the prevention and treatment of acne. It is considered the ideal choice for acne treatmentbecause it is a BHA, or a beta hydroxy acid. Not only will this kill bacteria, but it will break down accumulated dead skin cells that clog the pores and create long term acne. The best way to use salicylic acid is in an incapsulated form. This ensures that this ingredient is going to be beneficial to the skin underneath the surface. So you are not only treating the skin from the surface, you’re going into the pores and you’re able to treat it much further down in the stratum corneum.
The Arbonne research and development team discovered that in order to receive the maximum benefits to the skin, salicylic acid must be used in a formulation. Ingredients should be used that have been proven over time to help with irritation, bacteria, and inflamation. Topically, vitamin A (formula should contain vitamin A from beta carotene to avoid toxic levels of vitamin A) is great as an antioxidant. It helps to protect and nourish cells. Internally vitamin A is wonderful because it helps with the sebum production. Zinc is an excellent anti-microbial both internally and externally. It also has powerful healing properties.
There have been several scientific studies done on zinc applied externally and how it improves wound healing time. Products to be taken together internally: Alfalfa, licorice, and mulberry, all have anti-inflammatory properties. They’ve been used for centuries to help with inflammation. L-lysine helps with skin eruptions, such as cold sores, acne blemishes and other eruptions on the skin. Scientific studies have shown that when L-lysine is taken orally it really can help with different types of blemishes and skin problems. Yellow dock, burdock, and sarsaparilla have been used for centuries to help with different skin conditions, especially acne.
Although Clear Advantage has been designed to be effective for all skin types not everybody can use the product. If you are allergic to salicylic acid Clear Advantage is not for you.
Testimonies about Arbonne’s Clear Advantage have been mostly positive. Negative testimonies have come from those experiencing breakouts early on who chose not to continue with the product and from the rare allergic reaction to salicylic acid. The Clear advantage system has a 45 day money back guarantee.
Guthy Renker’s Proactiv Approach to Acne
The proactiv 3 step system is an aggresive approach to acne treatement. It is designed to prevent acne before it occurs and to treat any existing acne problems. The first step is a renewing cleanser that exfoliates the skin in an abrasive manner to unclog pores and remove dead skin cells. It uses benzoyl peroxide to destroy the bacteria that causes acne. The second step is a toner that revitalizes and gently unclogs pores and prepares the skin for the third step, which is repairing lotion used for healing.
Benzoyl peroxide is also used in this repairing lotion and is said to be for skin healing. Another product used is a refining mask that is used to further heal the skin. In order for the system to be effective it is very important to go through all the steps twice a day. By adhering to this daily schedule Proactiv is said to be able to clean and prevent acne from returning. They do admit however, that this is not a cure. It is a treatment that must be used on an ongoing basis to prevent acne. They offer a 60 day money back guarantee and they offer a refund even if you return an empty bottle.
How effective is proactiv for treating and preventing acne? Many testimonies have been gathered which have been both positive and negative. About 60% of users were happy with proactiv. Even though the main acne fighting benzoyl peroxide is used and is generally considered inexpensive, many people said that they thought proactiv is expensive.
Arbonne and Proactiv clearly use different approaches to acne treatment. Arbonne focuses on healing from the inside out. The downside to this is the time involved. The benefit is long term results. Proactiv on the other hand takes a more aggresive approach using the abrasive product benzoyl peroxide. Although results may be seen in a relatively short period of time, proactiv is not a cure and must be used on an ongoing basis which made lead to undesirable and serious side effects.
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