Proactiv Versus Clearasil For Acne

There are two very popular anti acne products on the market that are topical lotions (put directly on your skin) to get rid of your acne. Proactiv and Clearasil. Proactiv has become very popular over the last few years while Clearasil has been around for many many years.

Proactiv Solution

Proactiv is the new kid on the block. You have probably seen the infomercials, ads and kiosks in the malls all touting the Proactiv system and the nice tanned picture of Vanessa Williams or Jessica Simpson. Proactiv is a three step system consisting of a cleanser, a toner, and a repairing lotion. The cleanser has a main ingredient of Benzoyl Peroxide, the toners main ingredients are Glycolic acid and glycerine and the repairing lotion also has a main ingredient of Benzoyl Peroxide.

The thing that I really like about the Proactiv system is the fact that it is a very integrated system and should treat your skin properly by having a system that looks after each of the aspects of skin care and using the proven power of Benzoyl Peroxide. The problems that I see with the Proactiv system is firstly the price, it is a very expensive system to buy and secondly this a product that is built on a marketing message and not just sound medical advice. Look critically at the products before you buy them.


Clearasil is a large family of products that are mostly based on using Triclosan and Salicylic Acid. The company sells everything from face washes and overnight gels to Cleansers and wipes. Triclosan is an antifungal agent and is used in many products not just for acne products. Salicylic Acid slows down the cells in the follicles from cracking which prevents blockage. It also assists in breaking down the whiteheads and blackheads.

Clearasil has a fantastic breadth of a product line, I am really in favor of an integrated skin regimen of a toner, cleaner and overnight cream and Clearasil offers them all. The price for Clearasil products is OK, they charge more than the product is worth but lets face it Clearasil have the market and a proven product. The one drawback is a little bit of product confusion, Clearasil tries to have every product possible and your really do not need more than three. If you buy the Clearasil products then make sure you think of when you will use each one every day and what it will cost

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