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Independent testing group says OXY Maximum face wash is 'bargain buy'


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Mentholatum Co. has announced that an independent testing group has found its OXY Maximum face wash to be an effective acne treatment at a great value and has endorsed it as a “bargain buy.”

Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine (December 2011 issue) tested OXY Maximum face wash, along with two other popular acne treatments — Proactiv and AcneFree. Each topical acne product contains benzoyl peroxide, one of the best OTC options for people with acne; however Proactiv and AcneFree both require a three-step process while OXY Maximum is a single-step face wash.

Using 80 volunteers with moderate to severe acne, each selected one of the treatments to use twice a day for eight weeks.  According to the magazine, testers reported no statistical difference between any of the products, yet a two-month supply of Proactiv costs around $40, while AcneFree cost about $20. OXY Maximum face wash costs far less, around $5 for a two-month supply, which led the magazine to endorse it as a “bargain buy.”

OXY Maximum face wash is a part of the OXY Maximum product line, an assortment of OTC acne skin care items that includes, but is not limited to, OXY Maximum acne cleansing pads and OXY Maximum spot treatment. The formulas utilize benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to treat, heal and help prevent acne breakouts.

Each year approximately 17 million people in the United States are affected by acne, prompting Americans to spend almost $400 million on OTC acne systems.

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