Types of Three-Step Acne Medications
Acne is a universal problem that is not always a symptom of poor hygiene or diet. Three-step acne medications take a multi-pronged approach to fighting the stubborn condition. Unlike single-step acne treatments that work to remove oil and bacteria through cleansing alone, three-step acne medications do much more. Many cleanse, exfoliate and even moisturize, effectively restoring balance to your skin so the acne is treated and does not return. There are a handful of effective three-step acne medications available on the market.
Proactiv is a three-step acne system that takes less than five minutes a day to use. The products claim to clear existing acne and prevent new acne from appearing. To begin, wash your face with water and the Renewing Cleanser, a cleanser that contains prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide to attack existing pimples. The second step is a Revitalizing Toner that works to remove excess skin oils and plugs in your skin that can clog pores.
The toner contains natural botanicals to balance your skin's pH level. The third step involves smoothing the Repairing Treatment over your skin. This oil-free lotion also contains prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide but also has ingredients to moisturize your skin so that it is not left dry throughout the day. A 30-day trial size of Proactiv costs less than $20, and the company offers a 60-day money-back guarantee.
The Derma Cleanse Acne Treatment System by Zenmed is designed for all types of acne and for sensitive skin. Zenmed operates under the belief that imbalanced hormones are a main contributor to acne breakouts, according to a product review at acnemagazine.com. Derma Cleanse's three-step process begins with Derma Cleanse capsules, a natural herb supplement containing ingredients like burdock, dandelion and milk thistle, supplements shown to remove impurities from the body and help regulate imbalanced hormones.
The second step is a cleanser made of all-natural ingredients like sage, balm mint and chamomile. The cleanser is said to remove impurities without irritating the skin. The last step is Zenmed's acne gel, which contains salicylic acid and witch hazel. According to dermacleanse.com, the product "modulates the inflammatory response to reduce redness, swelling and scarring." A two-month supply of Derma Cleanse Acne Treatment System costs $100 and includes free shipping along with a 60-day money back guarantee.
ClearPores skin cleansing system includes cleanser and a cream that both contain antibacterial and skin soothing agents, along with salicylic acid, which is known to dry out acne pimples. ClearPores third step is an all-natural supplement made from a variety of natural ingredients including dandelion root, aloe vera, burdock root, kelp and echinacea.
ClearPores also sells a system designed to treat body acne. The complete system for both the body and the face can be purchased for approximately $80.
Over-the Counter Regimen
The Regimen is a simple three-step process discovered by the creator of the acne.org website. It uses less expensive over-the-counter products that can save you money in the long run. With the Regimen, you select the products (feel free to use the site's recommendations) based on their price and your personal preferences.
Step One is a gentle facial cleanser that should be gently applied to clean your skin to prepare it for Step Two, benzoyl peroxide.
Benzoyl peroxide is a mild drying and peeling agent that keep pores free from clogging. A 2.5 percent concentration is recommended because it is equally as effective as higher concentrations, like 5 and 10 percent, but does not lead to skin irritation that can aggravate acne. Apply generous amounts of benzoyl peroxide cream or gel to your skin.
Step Three is a moisturizer to remove dryness and eliminate any flaking or peeling that can occur with benzoyl peroxide treatment.
According to Acne.org, the website creator claims he lobbied the skin care companies unsuccessfully for them to create products in bulk sizes to make them more cost effective. So he created a system himself. The result of his endeavor is an Acne.org acne treatment skin care line that follows the principles outlined in Section 4's The Regimen. It includes an Acne.org cleanser, moisturizer and benzoyl peroxide cream. All products come in large 8- or 16-ounce containers. The website claims the products are less drying and of higher quality than over-the-counter products, and a monthly supply will cost less than $30.
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