Proactiv vs. AcneFree

Which Acne Product is Better?

By now you’ve probably seen the advertisements in your Sunday newspaper urging you to switch from using Proactiv to AcneFree Clear Skin Treatments. If you’ve never tried either, you probably don’t know where to begin. Fortunately, we're here to help you out. We’ve tried both, and we're delivering the results of our informal "study".

Trial Run

I personally tried Proactiv years ago after seeing Judith Light from Who’s the Boss (who can forget that great ‘80s sitcom) one late night when I was suffering from insomnia (okay, I drank too much coffee that day).

The results were phenomenal. My skin glowed, almost like that beautiful glow pregnant women experience. I didn’t start out with that much acne, but my skin’s appearance improved dramatically.

Second Time Around

A few years later I decided to try Proactiv again (after having not used it in some time) and the results weren’t as dramatic. Perhaps, my expectations were too high based on my previous positive experience or perhaps my skin's chemistry had changed.

We currently have a few staff members here who consistently use Proactiv and won’t live without it. It has a nice subtle smell, and your skin will feel fresh and invigorated after using it.


If you’re hesitant to try this product, you should definitely look for a $5 coupon in your Sunday paper. Another option is to buy a trial size kit at stores like Bed, Bath, and Beyond. You won’t get a large amount of the product, but at less than $1, you can’t beat the value.

I tried AcneFree recently and was pleased with the results. I like the fact that it is widely available: I can pick it up at Target rather than wait for shipments to arrive in the mail.

When using AcneFree I noticed a clearer appearance to my skin after just two weeks, and so have my friend and family members. I also think AcneFree smells better than Proactiv. Not that Proactiv smells bad, but I have an extremely sensitive nose.

Save Money with AcneFree

Another benefit to AcneFree is the cost. It’s less than half the price of Proactiv, which makes it worth a try.

The bottom line is that no matter what acne products you use, it will take time before you can determine how well the products work. Both products have similar ingredients, but you won’t be able to determine which product works for you until you’ve used it for at least two months.

Try AcneFree first (just because of the price difference alone) and if that doesn't work for you, perhaps consider upgrading to ProActiv to address your acne concerns.

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