Acne Zappers vs Acne Washes: How treatment works

2011-12-19 21:32

Consumer Reports Rates Acne Zappers

A recent study published in the January issue of Consumer Reports tells us that while various acne treatment medications typically possess the same active ingredient, some work better than others. Furthermore, in a comparison between acne washes and acne zappers, Consumer Reports tells us that depending on your needs and your pocketbook, choosing which method for eradicating unsightly facial blemishes is more than a matter of face value.

Acne is the result of sebaceous oils clogging pores in the skin and thereby trapping bacteria beneath the skin’s surface. Bacterial growth commences resulting in characteristic skin inflammation and the buildup of white pus and/or blackheads.

The most common chemical found to be relatively effective in combatting acne is benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound in the peroxide family and is used not only in acne treatment, but also for treating flour, bleaching hair and teeth, and for polymerizing polyester.

As a result of the benzoyl peroxide’s skin-healing abilities, several brands of anti-acne medications, creams, washes and lotions contain varying amounts of benzoyl peorixide—and, at a price that is not a direct correlation of its concentrations.

For example, three anti-acne washes were selected by Consumer Reports for comparison in benzoyl peroxide content, cost and effectiveness. The three brands tested were AcneFree, Proactiv and Oxy Maximum that possessed 2.5 percent, 3.7 percent and 10 percent benzoyl peroxide respectively.


Eighty-three participants in the study were given one of the three products for eight weeks. The results of the study showed that all three products yielded similar results with one-half to two-thirds of the study participants achieving an average blemish reduction of 40 percent. In a cost comparison analysis, however, there are significant differences.


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