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It Works Well - 4 Hours May Be A Stretch
on April 8, 2013
What is Clearasil's "Ultra" Rapid Action vanishing Treatment Cream? It is a cream containing 10% benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. The other, inactive ingredients are: Water, Propylene Glycol, Aluminium Hydroxide, Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, PEG-12, Isopropyl Myristate, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, and Propylparaben.
The product is advertised as showing results in as little as four hours. This is prominently displayed on the front of the box. I view this as marketing more than anything else, for a few reasons:
1. The product claims to use Acceladerm technology, but little information is available on what this "technology" does. It claims to accelerate the active ingredient's work.
2. The product package states "as little" as four hours, which by contrast may mean "as many as x hours."
3. This is a 10% benzoyl peroxide solution, so while it is strong, it is no stronger or faster acting than any other 10% benzoyl peroxide product.
I am not saying it is a bad product, not at all. It is good. But the manufacturer may be taking a few liberties.....such is the marketing world.
When it comes to strong OTC acne medicine, typically you find a cream/gel that contains 10% benzoyl peroxide or 2% salicylic acid. Another typical strength you may see is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Being a 10% benzoyl peroxide product, this cream does work. Carefully applied to a pimple it will go to work and should reduce it, etc. Again, 4 hours seems a little optimistic.
I noticed that, when applied as directed, it did minimize a significant pimple within a day or so. Also, for a smaller pimple, it will noticeably diminish it in a few hours. Vanish? No, but it will greatly minimize it. As with other creams of this type, drying/flaking can be an issue, so apply as directed, only onto a pimple itself, not clear skin, and don't over-do it.
As with any benzoyl peroxide product, avoid getting it on clothing, towels etc. as it will stain like a bleach.
Overall, it works - I don't think it works any more quickly than any other product, such as Oxy 10 Maximum or a less expensive store brand. I do like it, I just think the 4 hour thing can be misleading.