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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Fighting Acne Economically

If you've never seen an infomercial from Proactive, the acne product, then you must never ever watch television. This product, which is also sold at several specialty stores and at QVC sells for around $40 for the basic three piece line (cleanser, toner and lotion)in full sizes. You can purchase a three-piece trial size for around $20 and if you want to add more components to the line you can spend as much as $70 for everything. This is out of the price range of many people, but the line is so popular due to the celebrity endorsements which include Diddy and Jessica Simpson. In essence, the buyer is paying for all these celebrity endorsements every time they purchase the line from anywhere. For a fraction of that cost, you can get a products that have essentially, the exact same ingredients right at your local drug or discount store. In fact I purchased these products just yesterday for my own child at Target for under $6. It is from a line of acne products called Oxy. I saw the comparison done on The Today show by a dermatologist who did the comparison himself with two of his patients who had moderate cases of acne. One used the Proactive products for around $70, while the other used the Oxy products for around $18. Both had the exact same results, with both seeing a difference in their skin over a period of a few weeks. The Proactive people were contacted and said that their products worked better because of the blend of components, but it sounds like a lot of double-talk to me. The point is, don't pay more for something if you can get it cheaper somewhere else under another name. Oxy is available everywhere and the dermatologist recommends that the pads, cleanser and lotion be used twice a day for maximum results. He also recommends that for deeper acne over-the-counter products may not make any difference no matter what brand you try. There are prescription topical products designed to treat this kind of acne and it is recommended that you should seek medical attention if you're not sure what to do, but try the over-the-counter stuff first and save yourself a lot of money.

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