Can Proactiv work as an alternative to Accutane?
I've been seeing a lot of ads for Proactiv, with a bunch of celebs raving about how effective it is (http://www.getproactiv.ca/en_ca/acne-treatment-that-works.html). More here.
Has anyone tried it?
Acutane is more aggressive and directed at Acne unresponsive to more conservative measures such as ProActiv.
Acutane decreases the sebaceous secretions and truly dries up your acne. Appreciate that all of your mucous membranes become dryer.
Usually one course is sufficient but, in some cases a second course may be indicated.
As a person who has tried both Accutane and Proactiv, you can't compare the two. For me, Proactiv didn't work any better than any other Benzoyl Peroxide-based acne treatment that you could buy at your local CVS or Walgreens. Proactiv is just a well-marketed toner, cleanser and moisturizer. They give each of their lotions fancy names, but at the end of the day, you could buy any of these products at your local drugstore. When you buy Proactiv, 90% of what you're paying goes towards all of the marketing you're seeing. Proactiv might help with very mild acne that would disappear on its own eventually. Accutane works for chronic mild to severe acne that won't go away. In my opinion, Accutane is a cure and Proactiv is a mild treatment (if you can even call it that).