Debunking the Common Acne Myths with Proactiv

Our skin is our body's first line of defense against external factors. If this barrier is damaged foreign organisms that may cause infection can easily get in.

The pimples on your face is the result of a month long incubation process. Dead skin cells are supposed to slough off but sometimes they block the pores or sebaceous hair follicles. Then this happens, the sebaceous glands oil or sebum builds up. Bacteria that either live on your skin or was transferred through your dirty hands, pillow etc. will then infect it. Once they multiply they will trigger the body's inflammatory cascade. The end product is a shiny red pimple topped with pus.

Aren't you just itching to pop it?

Here are common myths about acne:
1. Tan your skin and your acne will go away. No, it just dries your skin!
2. Was your face more often. No, again it will just dry your skin and irritate it.
3. Pop the pimples and it will go away. No, it will just push the bacteria deeper into your skin and you will have scars.
4. Makeups causes pimples. No, just as long as you use nonacnegenic and noncomedogenic products.
5. Eating chocolate and other greasy food can cause breakouts. No, studies has confirmed this claim yet.
6. Stress causes pimples. No, stress is a regular part of life.
7. Acne is for teenagers only. No, you can get it at any age.

My sound advice to you is:
1. Not to touch your face with your dirty hands.
2. Not to pop your pimples.
3. Use trusted acne solution brands.

Take Proactive Solution for example. It prevents acne from developing by targeting the root cause and by destroying the acne cycle:
1. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) works by
removing dead skin cells, ensuring that the pores don’t get clogged.

2. The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils too, eliminating food for bacteria.

3. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kills the
bacteria and prevent proliferation

4. The Free Refining Mask helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.

Proactiv is superior than other available treatment methods because most of them only spot-treat the pimples without answering its root cause. That is why the problem will recur. What you get instead are scars and dark marks.

Proactiv Solution Vs. Overnight Spot Treatments. Spot treatment is the most commonly used method
of treating acne because these are cheap, easy to apply, and more often than not promising miracle
cure overnight. These products mostly contain high concentration benzoyl peroxide at 5% or 10% which
kill the acne bacteria, but results to redness or irritation. These products may also cause hyper
pigmentation (dark acne marks). Proactiv Solution contains only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, a safe and effective concentration which makes it OK for daily use and may be applied to the whole face. With Proactiv’s Advanced Microcrystal technology, eradicating bacteria is faster and gentler than common spot treatments.

Proactiv Solution Vs. Topical Antibiotics. Doctors need to supervise people using antibiotics because
the long term use of antibiotics in general may cause bacterial resistance – making the person “immune”
to the benefits of the active ingredient. Proactiv Solution will never have bacterial resistance because it does not contain an antibiotic, but rather an anti-microbial agent. It is safe for long term use for the treatment and prevention of acne.

Proactiv Solution vs. Oral Drugs. When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs
like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. There are studies that support that these methods are extremely
effective for severe cases, but because of the nature of these drugs there are side effects that make it
questionable if the benefits truly outweigh the cost. For example, there were reports in 2010 linking
suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin. Hormonal pills, which
are mainly indicated as a contraceptive sometimes causes water retention, weight gain, mood swings,
and in the long run, even breast cancer. Proactiv Solution does not have these side effects!

Proactiv Solution Vs. Derm Clinic Injections. The Philippine Dermatological Society is campaigning for
awareness among Filipinos to patronize only the services of highly qualified doctors, and not to be too
trusting of attendants who may not have the proper training and experience to do this. This type of
procedure is extremely painful, and when done by inexperienced hands, may cause scars for life. And
because acne is a cyclical condition, recurring acne imposes recurring painful injections. Proactiv Solution is gentle on you. With advanced micronized benzoyl peroxide and ingredients designed by Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, your journey to clear skin is one that does not incite pain.

Proactiv Solution Vs. Custom Derm Packs. The promise of acne’s miracle cure comes in different
shapes, sizes, and prices. But do not always think that designer packs that costs Php 10,000 in expensive
clinics are great! Expensive acne systems often do not have the backing of massive consumer trial from
all over the world, and you end up being a guinea pig.


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