Topical Antibacterial
Reviews
3.5
20758 Reviews
Topical Antibacterial
Efficacy
54%
Based on All Available Studies
Strength of Evidence
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Note: Benzoyl peroxide clears the skin completely when applied correctly.
Topical Antibacterial
Side Effects
Low-Medium
Topical Antibacterial
Acne.org’s Real World Take
It’s been a staple of acne treatment for decades for a reason. When used properly it can completely clear the skin and it is widely available and affordable. Comes with annoying side effects for the first few weeks and can bleach fabric.
Topical Antibacterial
How to Get It
This is an over-the-counter treatment. Here are some places you can find it online.
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Cady
October 5, 2006
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Pros:

Wow, this stuff is great. I have mild, usual teenage acne and the first weekend I used it, my skin cleared up.
My skin is more glowy, and I love how it added color to my skin.
Sometimes you wake up in the morning, and a whole section of acne is gone!

Cons:

OK, my skin DID get a little flaky. But then I decided after I used the proactiv 3 step system, I'd add some moisterizer with sunscreen on my face and the flakiness went away.

This stuff does work, and it has worked about 10 times better then anything I've ever used. Personally, it doesn't work as good as the commercials, but still more effective then other ones. IF you use it EVERYDAY, your skin will clear up. BTW the refining mask is GREAT.
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TK
October 5, 2006
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I had mild acne but I wanted to have clear skin like the commercial. I noticed after a week my neck would itch and burn really bad. On week 3 of using the Proactiv I develope a rash all over my neck. I went to the doctor and I was advised to stop using the product. Once I stopped that rash gradually went away.
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Anonymous
October 5, 2006
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So, I've been using quinoderm for what must be nearly ten years now, back when the packaging was just white with black writing and it came in one size one strength. I'm 28 now and when I use the creme every morning and every night all over my face and heavily on the T zone I suffer very rarely the occasional spot intrusion. Nothing else has given me the same results!! Heres the thing! You become very dependent on quinoderm (at least I did)!! If I miss an aplication, morning or night, I'm pretty much guaranteed a hard core out burst (thats after ten years). Maybe if I'd never used it I would still suffer from acne, but maybe I wouldn't, I'll never know. I gave up on antibiotics as they are said to prolong your acne into later life and drop your imunity!! After nearly ten years now it is getting a little tedious the constant and demanding routine. But all that said, I am in this moment acne free, so you chose, maybe some of you out there can use it and lose it.. It certainly works.....
Melodie
October 4, 2006
Topical Antibacterial

Pros:

It has done wonders for my skin at times.

Cons:

Other times it seems to make it worse!

I guess if your desperate give it a try it may or may not work though!
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mary
October 4, 2006
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Pros:

gets rid of pimples and prevents new pimples

Cons:

expensive

I love clearasil ultra cleanser and treatment cream. It's shocking how much more effective the ultra is compared to the regular strenght. I use to always have at least a pimple or two on my face at all times, but now my face is generally clear and getting a pimple or two is very unusual for me.
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KT
October 4, 2006
Topical Antibacterial

Pros:

I noticed a difference in the color and texture of my skin after the first week. It was much smoother and there was less redness/irritation.

Cons:

It takes a long time to see real results.
You must follow the regimen religiously for 4 - 6 weeks to see dramatic improvement, but even then it doesn't completely prevent breakouts.

I like Proactiv, but I have mild/moderate cystic acne, and it has done little for the larger bumps. It did improve my skin; it just didn't completely clear it. I don't think it's strong enough for cystic acne.
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Finding a Doctor

The right dermatologist can make a big difference to your patient experience and the success of your acne treatment plan. Here are the steps to find a dermatologist who is a good fit:

  1. Use the search feature on the American Academy of Dermatology website to look for board-certified dermatologists in your area, and filter the search results for doctors with a special interest in treating acne.
  2. Read online patient reviews of any dermatologists you are considering and ask people you know whether they have any experience with these dermatologists.
  3. Do your research and go to your first appointment with questions prepared.
  4. Listen to what your gut feeling tells you once you see a dermatologist in person. If you are not completely comfortable, try a different dermatologist.

Finding a Doctor

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Be sure to:

  • Look at before and after photos, the more the better, especially patients with similar scarring to your own.
  • Be realistic about results. Look for improvement, not a cure.

Questions to ask a potential scar revision specialist:

  • Are you board certified? Be certain that they are board certified.
  • How long have you been performing these procedures? Normally, the more experience the better, however, some younger surgeons may be more on top of the latest procedures.
  • Can I speak to some of your other patients? Ask for references for several patients who had similar scarring and speak to them about the process and their satisfaction with results.

Red flags:

  • Their story changes: As you discuss different treatment options, if they tend to change their mind easily, or agree with whatever you say, consider this a red flag. A confident, experienced surgeon will possess strong, unwavering opinions.
  • Your gut tells you "no": Trust your gut. If you just don't feel that the doctor is the right fit, trust that and move on. On the other hand, if you feel they are the perfect specialist for you, trust that feeling.