Americans spend almost 400-million dollars a year on over-the counter acne treatments. No doubt you've seen the star-studded ads for one - Proactiv. But star appeal aside, is it the best choice?
Consumer Reports just tested several treatments to see if they deliver clear results. Greg Parker has more.
"That's why I use Proactiv. Because there's no way I'm going to let a bunch of zits get in my way."
Justin Bieber's not the only young celebrity pushing Proactiv. Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough, and Katy Perry all are singing its praises.
"Take action yourself. Be Proactiv
Consumer Reports tested Proactiv along with two other acne treatments.
"All the products evaluated contain benzoyl peroxide. That's one of the best over-the-counter options for most people."
Proactiv, a three-step treatment, costs around 40 dollars for a two-month supply.
Acne-Free, also a three-step treatment, goes for half - about 20 dollars.
Oxy Maximum, a single-step wash, costs far less - around five dollars for a two-month supply.
"We had more than 80 volunteers with moderate to severe acne use one of the treatments twice a day for eight weeks."
Medical professionals documented the volunteers' skin condition throughout the testing. The results? You might call them a wash.
"As far as acne reduction, there was no statistical difference between any of the products."
None of the volunteers saw their acne wiped out completely no matter which product they used. But most did have fewer blemishes.
"It's as easy as one two three!"
Well, Proactiv isn't quite that simple, if you order online. After a month you're automatically billed for a three-month supply at almost 60 dollars plus $7.99 for shipping and handling. And you'll keep getting billed until you cancel.
So Consumer Reports says try Oxy Maximum and save yourself a lot of money.
Consumer Reports also tested two quick-treatment devices for red acne blemishes. Unfortunately, the Zeno Hot Spot and a product called No! No! Skin only eliminated about 13 percent of red blemishes in the tests. And they're pricey at 40 and 180 dollars.
For KFDX-3 News, I'm Greg Parker. Back to you.