Acne at any age is troublesome. When it happens to adults, it can definitely be socially debilitating and difficult to control. It is estimated that 85 million people between the ages of 12 – 35 suffer from chronic acne, which explains why Proactiv Solution and Murad Acne Complex have become bestsellers in just a few short years. However, as for which one is best, it depends largely on the reasons behind your acne.
If you consider cost, both acne programs are costly for long-term use. Proactiv costs $19.95 for the initial starter kit, which typically last two months and then bumps up to $39.95 per month, which is billed through an auto ship program. Murad costs $29.95 for the initial starter package and lasts the typical user about 4-6 weeks according to consumer reviews. Murad does not automatically enter you in an auto ship program and for both skin care regimes, shipping is typically free. In recent months prices have come down for both products and it is easy to find lower prices when consumers do not use the as seen on TV, or infomercial websites for the products. Since both companies require you use the product at least 90 days to get full results, customers will easily drop a $100 just to decide if the acne solutions work.
The acne solution programs are both based on herbal remedies that combine with antibacterial acidic solutions. Proactiv Complex uses benzyl peroxide as the basis for its acne fighting while Murad uses Salicylic Acid, which is a huge selling point for Murad. The manufacturers of Murad claim that the salicylic acid is gentler and safer to use on the skin and is more effective at controlling acne. One word of warning to consumers, Proactiv has recently come out with an extra strength that contains a 7% Benzyl Peroxide which has enable Proactiv to be more successful at controlling acne in many customers.
Unfortunately, the 2.5% Benzyl Peroxide based products linger on the market and many customers inadvertently buy the lesser product unwittingly. As far as salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide, dermatologists advise that both have the same cleansing and detoxification affect on the skin and the peroxide may be more effective for people who suffer from oily skin. While those who suffer with extremely dry skin may find the peroxide to abrasive to be used daily. Knowing your skin type before you choose is essential to getting the best product for you.
Both Murad and Proactiv Solution come with freebies like clarifying masks and astringent cleaners. They provide very small bottles with your regular order and they have been big upsells for both companies. Some consumers claim that the free trial products are actually better than the skin care programs.
The bottom line according to independent research and clinical studies is that both products are effective for adult acne. However, neither stop acne that comes from hormonal imbalance or sugar fluctuation meaning that as soon as you stop using the products your acne will likely return. Due to the harsh ingredients, many consumers of Proactive Solution have complained that their skin actually got worse and more inflamed. If this is the case for you, the gentler cleansing agents in Murad are worth checking into.
Perhaps the biggest complaint with both companies that offer money back guarantees is the difficult of getting out of the auto ship program with Proactive. Normally, new products are shipped and billed to your credit card long before you run out of your initial batch and there have been many BBB complaints associated with revolving charges. Murad does not force consumers to commit to an auto ship program and is more liberal with their free trial offers for new customers, which is definitely a plus.
As far as results, the statistics from consumers are mixed. Some customers find that using both products together is a good option while others felt strongly that one outperformed the other in side-by-side comparisons. Whether either will work for you depends on your skin type, diligence of use as well as the root cause of your acne. Best bet is to try the free trials and make a decision based on that. If you are worried about not being able to cancel the Proactiv Solution in a timely manner, than one way to get around that is to order the product using a prepaid credit card rather than one that comes directly from our account.