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The Best Acne Treatments of 2009

The Votes Are In: This Year's Best Acne Treatment Is . . .

Acne treatments are some of the most commonly used products, and also some of the most personal, so it's no surprise that there was no majority vote winner in this category of the Sugar Awards. Infomercial fave Proactiv managed to come out ahead with a full 15 percent of the vote. It only did slightly better than the also beloved Neutrogena, but Proactiv's fans were incredibly vocal in the comments.

As for our favorite? All of Team Bella is using some form or another of tretinoin at the moment, and we love it for its ability to fight acne, exfoliate, and reduce fine lines all at the same time. It's a prescription medication, so it's well worth asking about on your next trip to the derm.

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lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
Proactiv wrecked havoc on the PHbalance of my skin, no matter how or how much I used it. Wasn't any good at all -for me anyway.
aimeelove aimeelove 7 years
Proactive worked for me. I used it for a while a couple of years ago and my acne cleared. But you know, no acne product is going to work for everyone. You have to find the one that works for you, regardless of how many people say it worked (or didn't work) for them.
biarose biarose 7 years
I tried Proactiv when I was like 13 and I got a bad rash on my face. These days I would never use it. I can't imagine using such harsh chemicals all over my face daily! I try to find more natural acne treatments.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Benzoyl peroxide is known to bleach fabrics. I don't know if it necessarily means that you're bleaching your face, but a lot of skin products can cause harm to fabrics.
EuroFAB EuroFAB 7 years
I think ProActiv is the worst thing anyone could use on their face! The directions clearly states : after washing, please pat dry face using a white towel'. Do you know why they tell you to use a white towel? B/c if you use a pink or blue towel, your face will be imprinted in the towel the next morning.(true story) ProActiv is basically bleaching your face to suck out any oils so you don't have any future breakouts. I know people swear by it, but I don't like the idea of using bleach to wash my face. I rather have the breakouts!!!!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Sweet tretinoin - how I wish I still had insurance!
Antioxidant Antioxidant 7 years
Proactiv makes my skin very itchy, too.
MsTyque MsTyque 7 years
I like the Clinique acne line (with the bar soap, haven't tried the liquid). It does the job without drying me out. Also a fan of Retin A. Something in ProActiv didn't agree with my skin- made me really itchy!
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