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In this article, we review Maxclarity for acne - a popular acne system found mostly online and in drug stores.
Systematic acne treatments are popular with acne sufferers because they involve less picking and choosing of ingredients and products.
You simply purchase a "system" that tells you exactly how to cure your acne, use the system as described, and hopefully your acne goes away.
Maxclarity is one of these systems. Or, more accurately, it was one of those systems, as Maxclarity has since been taken off the market. Below is a Maxclarity review for those curious about this apparently no longer available treatment option.
Maxclarity for acne was very similar to other popular acne treatments like ProActiv. It involved a special kit with a cleanser in the morning and a toner to use at night.
According to the makers of Maxclarity, the difference between their products and other acne systems was the Micronized Foam, known as VersaFoam. According to the manufacturers, this foam was designed to allow easy access into the skin, where the ingredients are "micronized" (broken into smaller particles) for better absorption.
It's unclear what, if any, effect the foam or the micronization of the particles provided in terms of tangible benefits. It's unlikely that the ingredients benefit from being micronized, and while a foam is generally more comfortable to put on the face compared to a cleanser, it's still unlikely that there is much of a difference between a foam and other forms of topical treatment.
Most users report that Maxclarity foam was generally comfortable on the face.
It's unclear what, if else, made Maxclarity different from other acne treatments besides the foam.
Maxclarity uses the two most common treatments for acne – benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Both of these are well known methods of treating acne.
The Maxclarity system also came with an "Advanced Acne Treatment with Versa Foam technology 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide" product as well. Because this product was not washed off the skin, it presumably could be more effective than the cleanser, but there is little reason to believe it had more of an affect than any other 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment.
Because Maxclarity uses the same ingredients as other medicated acne treatments, it shares the same side effects.
Itching, burning, skin peeling and irritation are all potential side effects of Maxclarity. The system can also bleach hair if it is improperly placed on the face (a potential problem with foam, since foam is easier to spread unevenly). Allergic reaction is unlikely but also a potential issue.
Maxclarity also uses citric acid. It's possible, though unlikely, that citric acid can cause additional irritation to the skin, since the acidic content may exacerbate irritations caused by the other ingredients.
It would be better if there was an opportunity to study Maxclarity for acne, but unfortunately it has been taken off the market, so it's not possible to provide a thorough Maxclarity review.
Nevertheless, it is possible to make some assumptions on the efficacy of Maxclarity based on the known ingredients.
It's highly doubtful that the foam is better or worse than any other form of acne treatment, and while micronizing the ingredients may be useful, the truth is that research has already shown normal sized benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to be effective as is.
Otherwise, it's a bit unusual to see a product that uses the bare minimum of the most common acne treatments, and the use of a benzoyl peroxide cleanser – while a nice idea – isn't necessarily the most effective option.
Overall, since Maxclarity is no longer available, its efficacy is not an issue. Nevertheless, there is little reason to believe that Maxclarity was more or less effective than any similar acne treatment, as the only difference appears to be the foam application system. More research would have been needed to conclude if Maxclarity was better or worse than other available options.
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