AcneFree is a line of time-released acne medications that use benzoyl peroxide, an antibacterial intended to treat mild to moderate acne. According to Clinical Research Laboratories, Inc., testing done on a group of 36 subjects showed that through clinically assessed photographs, the appearance of acne decreased an average of 31 percent for the subjects after four weeks of using the product. AcneFree sells products individually and in packaged systems.
Customers can purchase an acne fighting system that comes with a cleanser, toner and medicated lotion. There is also an acne fighting system that comes with a tube of retinol, a cream made to keep pores clear, and is for "severe" skin, according to the company's website. The cleanser, toner, lotion and an on-the-spot acne treatment cream are all available for individual purchase. All of the AcneFree products can be purchased in retail stores.
How AcneFree Works
According to the AcneFree website, the cleanser is oil-free and designed to exfoliate the skin while removing dirt and oil from the pores. The toner removes oils and dead skin cells that are on the surface, fighting bacteria and making pores appear smaller. The lotion, a grainy texture, has 3.7 percent benzoyl peroxide and is designed to dry out acne. The on-the-spot acne treatment cream also has benzoyl peroxide and is designed for use on problem areas.
It is important to follow the dosage indicated on the bottle. Too little or too much product may further irritate the skin. Depending on the severity of the acne, it can take anywhere from three days to several weeks to see improvement. If the medication is too drying and irritating for the skin while following the correct dose, it can be used twice a day instead of three times a day for more gradual results.
Side effects of AcneFree can include dryness, irritation, itching, peeling, redness and stinging. Serious side effects, such as hives, dizziness, difficulty breathing, swelling, tightness in chest or a rash could indicate an allergic reaction to the product. Acne may get worse before improving, since AcneFree works by drawing out bacteria from the bottom of the pores and up onto the surface.
AcneFree can interfere with some medications or cause allergic reactions. It may not be compatible with other lotions, cleansers or cosmetics, and the medication can cause blotching or dark spots if the treated skin is exposed to the sun without sunscreen protection. It is not known if the medication in AcneFree can affect an unborn baby or pass through breast milk, so pregnant or breastfeeding women should talk to a doctor before use. AcneFree can also act as a bleaching agent and destroy fabrics it comes into direct contact with. The medication should only be used topically and not in the eyes, nose, mouth or on lips or damaged skin.
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