Topical Antibacterial
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Topical Antibacterial
Based on All Available Studies
Strength of Evidence
Note: Benzoyl peroxide clears the skin completely when applied correctly.
Topical Antibacterial
Side Effects
Topical Antibacterial’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
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This is an over-the-counter treatment. Here are some places you can find it online.
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November 16, 2018
alternative , read please
anyone looking for the old formula , theirs a brand called "mountain falls " on amazon ,they have a cleanser with the old formula ingredients ! check it out works great
December 1, 2018

What are a couple of the ingredients which are no longer listed on the new formula so I know which one to purchase 

February 5, 2019

Cvs has the exact old formula check it out 

October 27, 2018
Made acne much worse
I've had moderate acne for about 3 years now and I have tried many products which have not worked. I came across this product while looking for a new face wash to try out after the one I was using before (Bioré Charcoal Acne Cleanser) wasn't helping my skin one bit. I was overly excited when I found this product and read all of the amazing reviews. I bought the wash and after using it for the first time my skin didn't react in any way at first. I kept using it nightly and eventually about three days later my skin reacted badly. It became very red and itchy and I could literally feel the new bumps arising from my cheeks. I didn't really think much of it and just put aloe Vera all over my face and went to bed. The next morning little bumps were all over my cheeks. I was so upset and was crying. The bumps never really became actual "acne" until about a week later and my cheeks were covered in tons of little pimples. It's now like two months after that happened and the acne is still here. I'm now beginning to get larger pimples that hurt under touch. I have never reacted this badly to any product ever before. Wish I had never tried it. And btw, my skin was mostly oily at the time and was never sensitive. Good luck with clearing your skin to anyone reading this.
October 5, 2018
PLEASE consult a dermatologist first
I'm 24, and I have experienced trouble with both blackheads and whiteheads since I was about 15. Epiduo and benzoyl peroxide wash kept it under control for a couple years... until I developed hormonal cystic acne when I was 22. The advice I can give to anyone battling painful hormonal cystic acne, that I wish someone had told me, is to seek professional help BEFORE investing in this kit. Not saying don't do it at all (because, R&F does indeed work for some people), but personally, I really wish I had consulted a doctor first. Especially if it is cystic and hormonal. My skin was at it's ALL TIME WORST while using this product... even after 6 whole months of using Unblemish. Also, if you have insurance, it will likely be far cheaper for you to go through a dermatologist. I wish I had known this before dropping so much money on 6 months of the regiment. For example - I now order a stronger version of the sulfur wash via prescription for less than $5 for almost a 2 months supply (it's called sodium sulfacetamide wash). Retin-A is $30, Aczone was like $15, Spironolactone costs less than $1 (prices depend on your insurance, but worth checking into!)
October 2, 2018
worst choice I EVER made
worked fine at first, then slowly started becoming less effective, so I stopped using it. My skin FREAKED. It was so much worse than it had ever been before, I was so upset, so I went back on it. It took a few months but eventually my skin returned to the kinda-clear state it was in before I stopped using it. After that I felt pretty much addicted to it, because I was terrified of it getting THAT bad again. I used it for about 4 more years after that until this year when I finally said enough is enough. My skin wasn't clear, it just wasn't full blown ACNE, you know? But considering the price and that it basically destroys your skin, it wasn't worth it. It took so long for my skin to recover from Proactiv, I broke out like crazy, again, this time around.. I tried weening myself off but it didn't really help matters. It's taken almost 5 months, and the birth control pill, to really clear it up. ANYWAY, please please please, never use this stuff. Even if it works at first, it won't long term.
September 27, 2018
Sadly, did not work for me.
I'm nearly 20 and have struggled with acne since I was 12 or 13, whether it was typical whiteheads/blackheads or bad cystic acne. In a particularly bad period of breaking out, I desperately tried this at the recommendation of my mother (I had held off because it's not cheap and I try to save money when I can). It felt REALLY clean when I finished washing my face for the first time with this product. Unfortunately, it quickly dried out my skin. I made sure to use all of the steps but for some reason, it just continued to irritate my skin and really just didn't do a lot for the acne itself either. I even tried adding in parts of the "Soothe" regimen as well to help calm my skin, but to no avail. I think this product might work for some people, but it didn't help me personally.
August 24, 2018
New Formula is a Joke
Don't buy the new formula. Original formula worked great. Currently dealing with a breakout due to the new formula.
August 8, 2018
Please go back to the old formula
The old formula was so much better. I thought someone had played a joke on me by putting pool water in my facewash. The chlorine smell is not good.
August 29, 2018
I thought I got a bad batch....:( sadly I just figured out this is the "new formula" what a joke
July 26, 2018
Not my favourite
So sad they discontinued panoxyl 10% since this happened I've heard Acnecide has the same product so have started this now since my last tube of panoxyl ran out, sad times. I've been using it for around a month or two. Since using it i can't say that it has drastically changed my skin, but it's definitely caused small breakouts of these tiny annoying spots almost covering my forehead so rubbish! It really gets me down, they've appeared on other parts of my skin, also! My skin is super oily like I thought it was oily before but Jeez it's even worse now, anybody else had this problem ? And if so does it go? asking for some reassurance. Also is it best to apply it just at night or also in the morning ? As usually I only put the 10% on at night and I'd have to moisturise before hand using (simple) brand as my skins so sensitive! I feel like as it's a lower dose my skin may need it applied more than once? Maybe even not to moisturise so much? Thanks guys x
July 26, 2018
Don't like it! DONT USE
Personally I don't like this at all!! I have been trying in out for a few weeks and I have noticed my spots are getting worse the more I use it! They are becoming scars when they disappear and my face was so red the next day! Won't use this again!!
July 23, 2018
I used it for 3 days only and the first time was ok but the second day i used it i noticed it started to burn a little but i ignored it. So the 3rd day i had it on and i was about to go in the pool but i didn't have time to take it off so i used water and a towel and when i got in the pool i noticed my skin was peeling and super dry. It's been 2days since i've stopped using this product and my skin is AWFUL. where ever i applied the treatment there are dry spots that are waiting to peel off. I regret spending a penny on this product.

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

Only a select few plastic surgeons specialize in acne scar revision surgery. Be certain to find a provider who specializes in acne scar repair and who is passionate and experienced in this area.

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.