For the 4+ years that I've been running this website, I have not once found an acne cream that I have supported wholeheartedly.
Sure, there are a few acne products out there -- heck, who am I kidding, there are hundreds! -- but none of them really jumped out at me as being TRULY effective and WORTHWHILE.
All of these so-called acne "solutions" have promised beyond miraculous things for your skin, but not one has delivered on those promises. In fact, I can confidently say here and now that more than 95% of all acne creams on the market are outright scams. They can't cure your acne breakouts any more than a jar of mashed up bananas, apples, or peas could.
While I still look at ALL acne products with a deep, deep level of mistrust (they're all guilty until proven innocent in my book!), one acne treatment system has risen above the ocean of garbage and firmly rooted itself beyond all doubt as number 1. It's called One, By Clear Skin Max and it's renewed my faith in the anti acne industry.
What Is Clear Skin Max and Why I'm Totally Sold On It...
It's not a "acne spot" cream or gel that you just apply and rub into your skin -- such products are usually complete and utter crapola. They're quick and easy, yeah, but when has "quick & easy" EVER worked against acne? My point exactly, it hasn't... ever.
Clear Skin Max is actually a 6-step solution that attacks your acne from the outside AND from the inside, which is really how it's supposed to done. In my opinion, attacking any skincare problem from just 1 angle -- especially a problem like acne -- is, quite frankly, foolish and stupid.
Attack from every possible angle and winning the battle will always be easier. This is logical, wouldn't you agree? Of course you would, and thats why I adore Clear Skin Max.
It's quite literally a full on attack against acne, the causes of acne, and the symptoms of acne -- there is no escape and there will be no surrender. A bit dramatic? Sure, but you get the idea.
What Does It Actually Do?
This is an excellent question. Unfortunately, it's also a very LOADED question. I did mention that it's a 6-step system, didn't I?
That being said, I'm not going to bore you to death with specifics and clinical data, I'll just give a very brief run down of the 6 steps. If you're not satisfied with the info (you will be!), you can visit the site and see ALL the specific details for yourself. Fair enough? Here we go...
Step 1. Tea Tree Oil Daily Cleansing Gel. It's exactly as it sounds. It's a daily cleansing gel, made with tea tree oil and some other natural extracts. You'll wash your face twice per day with this gel. You might not know this, but tea tree oil is unbelieveably powerful stuff.
Step 2. Soften Skin & Melanin Expel Essence. Sounds weird, I know. This step softens the skin, regulates moisture, and opens up your pores so it's better prepared for step 3.
Step 3. Acne Vanisher Mask. This sucks the dirt and "debris" right out of your pores like a vacuum. It also stimulates new tissue growth.
Step 4. Pore Astringent Conditioning Lotion. This closes the pores up, does a little healing & soothing, and further stimulates tissue growth.
Step 5. Acne Treatment Emergency. Clear Skin Max is not an overnight cure, so you'll likely have breakouts before it's work is done. Step 5 is for those breakouts, allowing you to END the breakout before it even starts. Very useful, very effective.
Step 6. Clear Skin Max Anti Acne Tea. This is the "attack" from the inside bit and probably the most potent part of the system. By drinking 6 to 8 cups of this tea per day, you'll be completely cleaning your skin from the inside out; thereby crippling acne and all it's symptoms. The tea is a blend of Wild Chrysanthemum, Licorice Root and Peppermint Tea's.
You now know what Clear Skin Max does and why I like it so much. Let's move on to specific aspects and you're most pressing questions about this advanced acne treatment system...
How Long Does It Take to Work: You'll start seeing slight results within the first couple of days of treatment. However, you need to know that your skin is actually going to start looking WORSE not long after you begin treatment.
This is completely normal and an important part of the treatment. Your skin is excreting all that nasty stuff trapped inside your pores; hence, the first step is to get all that stuff OUT of your skin.
Realistically, you're looking at about 2 to 3 weeks before your skin starts responding and "adapting" to this new acne treatment. After this time frame, your skin will appear smoother and it will only get more so as the treatment continues.
Are There Any Possible Side Effects: There are no side effects at all. This is a claim backed by Clear Skin Max's creators along with it's wide array of customers. No matter what your skin type is, you should have no adverse reactions to this treatment.
How Much Does it Cost: There are 4 packages available and each ones gets cheaper as you buy "more". 1 Month at $69.96, 2 Month at $109.95, 4 Month at $219.95, and 6 Month at $249.95.
Their 4 month supply is the most popular option at the moment, but it's a bit expensive in my opinion. $220 is no small fee; in fact, it's a car payment for a lot folks!
As for the 6-month supply, I'm skeptical of who actually needs it. Perhaps if you've wronged a witch and are now cursed to live forever with acne breakouts, or maybe you've been living inside a vat of chicken grease, or you've been massaging your face daily with a pepperoni pizza. Whatever the case, I can't see the need for such a massive amount of Clear Skin Max. It's just overkill for most people.
I'm not saying it isn't possible that some folks have such dramatic acne problems -- I know they do -- I'm just saying that it's not your "average" acne problem and the 6 month supply should only be purchased in EXTREME cases.
Alright, Enough of My Yip-Yapping, Here Are My Recommendations...
If you've got mild acne problems, then a 1 month supply should be enough. Now, if it's "a bit more than mild" and you're at all concerned that a 1-month supply won't get the job done, then a 2-month supply is clearly the better choice for you.
As for the 4 or 6 month supply, that's really got to be your call. It's a lot of money and I don't expect you to make the decision lightly. And in all seriousness, if you're even considering such options, it means you're dealing with a pretty mean case of acne and you desperately NEED a powerful solution. Right?
If that's indeed the case and you're looking at the 4-month supply, then might I suggest that you start looking at the 6-month supply instead.
It's $30 more for 2 more whole months of treatment. You're already spending over $200 on this immense quantity of Clear Skin Max, so it really just makes sense when you think about it mathematically...
6 Months at $250 equals out to $41.66 per month
4 Months at $220 equals out to $55.00 per month
But as I said from the beginning though, the 4 month and 6 month supplies are for extreme cases only; and they are recommended as such. If you can get by with a smaller quantity, then I most definitely want you to do so. No sense in spending more when you get the same results for less, am I right?
Excellent Return Policy...
Clear Skin Max has an outstanding 30-day money back guarantee. It's "rules" can be explained in just a few words; "Not Happy? Then Here's Your Refund!"
This is another reason this exceptional acne treatment system gets my vote. Because if you are unhappy for any reason whatsoever within the 30 days, simply tell them and they'll give you a refund on the spot. Since Clear Skin Max starts VISIBLY working within 30 days, you know there's absolutely no "trickery" involved.
Lots of acne products have a 14-day risk free trial or a 10-day trial, which is just insulting to most acne sufferers; especially when the product takes 3 to 4 weeks to start working! Clear Skin Max has nothing in common with such obvious scams and rip offs. You'll have plenty of time to see results, and if you don't see them within 30 days, you will get your money back!
Are There Any Downsides: The price tag is the only real problem I have with Clear Skin Max. It's a little higher than I would like, but I suppose that's the "real cost" of being effective in this day & age. After all, when was the last time you came across a $20 anti acne cream that actually worked? My guess is.... NEVER. Otherwise, you wouldn't even be here.
Is It Worth Using: Absolutely. There is no other acne product that I can recommend more than Clear Skin Max. It's safe, fast acting, powerful, and affordable. Simply put, it's the best acne treatment there is. Nothing beats it in my book.
The 2nd best acne treatment system is, based on my research, Zenmed's Complete Acne Kit, which is a more advanced version of their very popular Dermacleanse Acne Treatment.
It gets 2nd place for best acne treatment because it's a COMPLETE anti-acne system; which, according to the site, will be the last acne product you'll ever buy. A bold claim indeed.
While I still firmly believe Clear Skin Max is light years ahead of most anti acne products on the market, it's definitely worth noting that the Complete Acne Kit by Zenmed is the closest any product has come to taking away the title of "champion".
The Complete Acne Kit is a Day & Night Package made up of 7 Distinct Parts...
Zenmed's Complete Acne Kit is really a perfect name for this product; because it is COMPLETE. By that, I mean it addresses all acne problems from A to Z; causes, symptoms, and effects of acne. And just like Clear Skin Max, it attacks your acne from multiple angles; inside & out. Any anti acne product that is capable of this (and does it correctly of course), gets my vote!
You've Got Your Background Info, Let's Move On To Specifics...
How Long Does It Take to Work: As soon as you visit the page, you'll notice that it says "See results within 24 hours of use". This is somewhat true, but it's a bit misleading. Your acne will not be gone in 24 hours, you'll just notice a SLIGHT improvement in your skins texture.
The real results will arrive a bit later -- roughly 3 to 5 weeks later. Up to this time, you'll notice small improvements here and there as you acne begins to fade and your skin starts to get healthier and smoother.
Are There Any Possible Side Effects: Zenmed's Complete Acne Kit is completely safe to use on your skin. No adverse side effects have been reported among the thousands and thousands of customers who have tried the product.
How Much Does it Cost: There are 3 packs to choose from of the Complete Acne Kit by Zenmed. Single Pack for $129.99. The 2 Pack for $249.98. And the 4 Pack (Buy 3, One Free) For $389.97.
Most people will be able to get by with the single pack for $129.99. For extreme cases -- and I do mean EXTREME cases -- then the 2 pack MAY be necessary. As for the 4-pack deal, well, that colossal price just scares me stupid.
I can't imagine what type of acne breakouts you're facing if you think you need 4 ENTIRE PACKS of the Complete Acne Kit. That's downright mind boggling! But hey, who better to judge your acne troubles than you, right?
I know those prices aren't the greatest, but I have tiny bit of good news for you. Zenmed's Complete Acne Kit comes with a 60-day People Pleaser Guarantee!
Because of this excellent guarantee, you don't have to worry about the product's quality. If it doesn't work on your skin -- which would be unusual considering it's enormous success rate -- you don't pay anything. Just tell them you're unhappy, ship the product back within the 60 day time frame and you're off the hook. Now that's what I call a People Pleaser!
Are There Any Downsides: The price is the only downside I can see. The smallest package is $130, so it's not exactly "cheap". However, considering the awesome power and speed of the treatment, it's a "speed bump" I can get over and you should too.
Is It Worth Using: Yes, Big Thumbs Up! While Clear Skin Max still gets the majority of my praise, Zenmeds Complete Acne Kit is a quality anti acne product that I can fully recommend. If it wasn't, well, then I wouldn't have wasted my time writing this review.
For a very long time, I tried to find a third acne product that is worth recommending to you, as well as worth spending my time doing a review on. I don't like wasting my time reviewing products that don't work -- which is nearly ALL acne products currently on the market.
Well, it wasn't easy; but I finally found one worth doing a review on. To be honest though, I'm not even all that thrilled with what I came up with after many LONG and grueling hours of research -- Acne Complex Introductory Kit, By Murad.
Murad's Acne Complex Introductory Kit is a simple acne treatment made up of a few different parts; gels, exfoliants, lotions, cleansers, etc.
Their claim is that an impressive 92% of customers see a reduction in breakouts within 3 days of treatment. However, the word "reduction" can imply anything since they don't give specific data.
They say at the very bottom "Individual results will vary. Study results on file." They don't actually point out how much of a reduction occurs within those 3 days.
It's those "little omissions" of information that I'm not a big fan of. Then again though, I suppose 92% of users noticing ANY sign of improvement is a good thing when you think about it.
Let's Talk About the Specifics...
How Long Does It Take to Work: Like I said a few moments ago, 92% of users notice a reduction in breakouts within just 3 days of treatment. After those 3 days, it takes roughly 3 to 4 weeks before your skin is "noticeably clear" as opposed to just "slightly clear".
As with most treatments, results depend on your skin type, the type of acne you have, and how well you take care of your skin on a day to day basis.
Are There Any Possible Side Effects: Nope, couldn't find any reports about side effects or negative reactions of the skin while using this product.
How Much Does It Cost: This is where Murad's Acne Complex Introductory Kit loses major points from me. It's $29.95 (plus $8.95 shipping); so basically $39.
Now as a 1 time price, that's not too bad at all. But, once you purchase the kit, you're immediately enrolled in the "Acne Complex Healthy Skin Club"; and this club isn't free. Here are the details from the website...
Perhaps you are fond of autoship programs and the convenience of being sent a new supply of acne cream every few weeks -- but me, I'm not a fan of this. If I need more, I'll buy more, period.
At Least There's a Guarantee: There is a 100% money back guarantee that lasts for 60 days. Send back the bottles and you'll get your money back. Also, you can cancel the auto-ship program at any time by calling the number on the website.
Are There Any Downsides: The autoship program is the only "negative" thing that I can see. To some people though, this might actually be a positive, as you don't have to pony up $70 all at once; you can just pay monthly. But as I said, I'm fervently against any type of auto-ship programs, which makes it a negative in my book.
Is It Worth Using: After many hours of research, which includes searching through reviews & testimonials, it's crystal clear to me that Clear Skin Max and Zenmed's Complete Acne Kit are superior to the Acne Complex Introductory Kit.
It's not even a close race if I'm being completely honest. But, considering that it is VERY popular and gets results for most of it's users, I have to say Yes, it is worth using. But remember this: it's ranked #3 for a reason -- and that's because the other are better!