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Q: Do our oily to acne products differ from Proactiv? How?
A: Read a great explanation of what acne is! http://tidsskriftet.no/en/2011/01/local-treatment-acne
All products in SeneGence oily to acne line contain Salicylic acid (1%) – a phenolic compound and exfoliant. Applying a mild salicylic acid (SA) solution yields many of the benefits of exfoliating without scrubbing (assuming the pH is not to high). It is effective at removing dead skin, opening pores and increasing cell turnover at very low concentrations, therefore it is less irritating than other products. SA has been used to treat skin disorders for centuries.
All products in the Proactiv solutions line contain Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%). Benzoly peroxide has been used to effectively treat acne for decades. It produces mild desquamation: while concomitantly reducing the fatty acids in sebum and acts as an antibacterial.
Using an appropriate moisturizer is also an important part of acne treatment. Moisturizing ingredients serve 3 main purposes occlusive, humectant, and emollient. Many of the following ingredients also provide anti-inflammatory and antibacterial functions helping to treat the underlying infection that causes acne. Hello, cucumbers! 🥒
Moisturizing, Anti-inflammatory and/or antibacterial ingredients found in SeneGence Oily to Acne line include: Diglycerin, Glycereth-26, Ochris extract (antioxidant), Algae extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, yeast extract, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii, Glucosamine HCL, Phenoxyethanol, Epilobium angustifolium, Simmondsia chinensis Seed Oil, Cucumis sativus fruit extract🥒, Persea gratissima oil, and Urea.
Benzoly Peroxide is commonly used for more severe cases of acne. Salicylic acid is considered to work best on mild to moderate acne. Because it is less irritating, it may also be better for sensitive skin types.
SeneGence combines the active ingredient Salicylic acid with many moisturizing & anti-inflammatory ingredients to unclog pores and treat inflammation.
In Proactiv products, Benzoly peroxide is present in stronger concentrations and helps to unclog pores and treat the infection, with less focus on moisturizing. Both are 3 step systems; SeneGence has a cleanser (2x/day) and 2 moisturizers (morning and evening), Proactiv has a cleanser (2x/day), toner (2x/day) and moisturizer (1-3x/day).