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Does Proactiv work any better than other OTC meds, or just the same?
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Dr. Shala Fardin
Dermatology
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In brief: Great question!
Technically, the active ingredient in proactive, benzoyl peroxide, is in many over-the-counter & prescription medications and therefore these products should be comparable in efficacy (how well they work).
The real issue is whether patients use the product long enough to see a benefit. Gentler products that are less irritating (& well marketed) encourage longer use and better results!

In brief: Great question!
Technically, the active ingredient in proactive, benzoyl peroxide, is in many over-the-counter & prescription medications and therefore these products should be comparable in efficacy (how well they work).
The real issue is whether patients use the product long enough to see a benefit. Gentler products that are less irritating (& well marketed) encourage longer use and better results!
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