Too Cool for School #1

Greetings, The Kiosk is opening up a new section right between “Cool Thing #” and “If I Were Too…” and we’re calling it “Too Cool for School” basically this is where any school related blog posts will be made, starting now.

Accutane vs. Proactiv: Which should you take?

Acne is something that has plagued almost everyone at some point or another, some are hit with it much worse than others yes, but most are still hit with some form of it.  So if you’re skins starting to show signs of breaking out, put down those french fries (not because they cause acne – which they don’t – but because they’re just unhealthy altogether) and take a read of what follows.


Proactiv Solution is a skin care product used to treat acne. The product was created by Stanford doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, who developed a three step system which includes a cleanser, toner and lotion. Each product serves a different function but they are all meant to be used together (

As opposed to other acne and blemish products, Proactiv markets their brand as a product that “feels like luxurious skincare and not acne medication.” In their research, Rodan and Fields also found that 85% of people with mild to moderate blemishes see improvement within four to six weeks (

Now the important thing to keep in mind is that Proactiv really shouldn’t be the primary product used to treat serious cases of acne, cases that have the potential to leave serious scarring.  Proactiv should be thought more of as a continuous and preventative system to maintain healthy skin.


When someone finds themselves with a serious case of acne, they should seriously start considering some sort of prescription treatment.  Although there are many options on the market, Hoffman-La Roche’s Accutane is literally the most effective drug on the market for the treatment of acne.

Although the key to Accutane’s effectiveness is still somewhat unclear, the important thing to note is that it is more effective than any single acne treatment on the market (from over the counter to prescription).  According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD):

Accutane “cures” about half of those people who take it so that they never need to do anything else for acne. In the first few weeks of treatment, about one in five patients gets a little worse, and one in 500 patients gets much worse. The rest either get much better, or better for a while. There is nothing else in the world that comes close to being this effective for severe acne (AOCD);

Although Accutane is an extremely effective drug, it has been linked to serious side effects such as birth defects, Chron’s disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and depression.  Your best bet if considering Accutane is to first talk to your doctor about the drug, and maybe try some other options first.

If anyone reading this has any further questions about either acne treatment feel free to comment on the post with your email address and I can forward you a report with some more relevant information.



About Tim Horn

I have recently acquired a degree in Film Studies at the University of Manitoba and am now enrolled in the Creative Communications program at Red River College. Film, Literature, Music, Comic Books, and Video Games. These are the things that feed my brain and keep me sane.
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