Just about everyone will have skin problems at some point in their lives. Some may have a more difficult time than others, trying to clear up their skin. Using one of the best acne treatments is usually the way to go.
Isn’t there always some “miracle” product on the market these days? We hear about them all the time. Usually they are all hype and seldom offer good performance. They may likely waste your money. They may even harm your skin, so you wish you’d never believed the success stories.
Recently, we are hearing quite a bit about Clear Skin Max, which is a relatively new product. It has had some results that seem fairly decent, but how does it compare next to the acne treatment powerhouses? Our team did some research so that we could accurately review Clear Skin Max. What effects did this treatment have on various acne types? Their finds were quite interesting…
What is the Story of Clear Skin Max?
If you’ve endured acne for a long time, even intermittently, you’ve probably used a lot of products to try to clear your skin. You may even have used treatments like Clear Skin Max, since it’s a complete management system for acne.
The principle behind this treatment is similar to the product that we recommend the most for acne, but there are two substantial differences:
- This is a one-formula-works-for-all treatment, like Proactiv Solution. You use the same formula, regardless of your skin type.
- It has six steps, rather than three.
Clear Skin Max does claim to use all natural ingredients, and this is becoming more common today. The term is used more loosely now, though. To have a product classified as all natural now, your ingredients only need to be DERIVED from sources that are natural. Most ingredients that are used today can be called “natural”. So don’t let yourself be fooled by this claim.
The six step system of Clear Skin Max includes:
- Cleansing Gel with Tea Tree Oil
We don’t know a lot about tea tree oil’s effects in the treatment of acne. It does offer results, but usually only works for mild and moderate acne. We assume it does offer some sort of benefits for acne sufferers.
The skin softener in Clear Skin Max is algae-based, and will help in opening your skin’s pores. The type of algae used is not mentioned, but we think it may be spirulina. It is an excellent source for antioxidants, but not much is known about the way it affects skin tissues.
- Acne Mask
The acne mask main ingredient is a comfrey root-extracted compound. It’s called Allantoin and it helps in clearing away dead skin from upper skin layers. There hasn’t been much research into the effect it has on acne, but it is still the main force behind Clear Skin Max.
- Conditioning Lotion
The next step is a skin conditioner, which uses Allantoin to increase your skin’s production of keratin. This helps in restoring moisture levels in your skin. Witch Hazel is also found in the lotion. It’s an oily extraction from Witch Hazel trees, which are found mainly in the United States and Canada. There have not been tests for the effects of Witch Hazel on acne, but it apparently has an ability to soothe damaged, red skin, to ease pain and irritation.
- Acne Treatment Emergency
“Emergency” is an oil made from one main, active ingredient, That ingredient is Squalane Oil, as listed on their website. We can’t find a reference for that spelling, so we believe they may mean “Squalene Oil” Do you wonder where that ingredient comes from? SHARK LIVER! Wow, the website doesn’t mention THAT little fact. That actually turned us off to the formula. We are against the killing of any species close to extinction, and it was done for no medicinal purpose at all. Actually, the toxicity levels may even be harmful to humans, with side effects noted of nausea, diarrhea and upset stomach.
- Anti Acne Tea
We know that tea can be very beneficial, with its antioxidants that help in the boosting of cell production in the skin. If you apply tea bags to your skin, the caffeine will be absorbed into the pores, which makes your skin brighter. This is mentioned in our video regarding How to reduce Dark Circles. The last step in this treatment plan is actually to DRINK the tea. It may help a bit, but you can grab a box of tea at the grocery for a lot less money.
There are several excellent ideas here, but as far as clearing up acne effectively and quickly, they didn’t sway our opinions enough to make the product our number one acne treatment.
There isn’t all bad news, though, since it’s actually our third favorite treatment for acne.
Here are some positives:
What We Like
We do like a few aspects of CSM. They include:
There aren’t enough treatments for acne that use this effective ingredient. It’s not as strong as the commonly-used benzoyl peroxide, when it comes to reducing natural oils and clearing away dead skin, but it does cause less irritation, which is especially important if you have sensitive skin.
2. It’s Thorough
Since there are actually five steps in this treatment (we are not going to count drinking tea as an effective step), using five steps of virtually anything will give you some positive results. It also helps in your acne routine, which aids you in forming good habits in skin care.
3. MOST of it is Natura
Today, it’s not easy to determine whether products are totally natural. But CSM may be just about as close as you can get. This equals less irritation and fewer side effects.
There are also some things we hate about Clear Skin Max.
What We Don’t Like!
We couldn’t place CSM at the top of our acne treatment list, and here are several reasons why:
1. It’s Too Natural!
This is an unusual issue to have with a treatment, isn’t it? Who wants products that are less natural? But natural ingredients are simply not as effective as some stronger compounds if you have more than mild acne. If you have severe or moderate acne, CSM likely won’t do the trick for you.
2. There Isn’t Any Customizing
One formula fits all is not a positive way to treat acne. There are different levels of acne, and different types of skin to account for when you create an acne solution. That’s why we decided to choose Exposed Acne Treatment as our top acne solution.
3. Squalene Oil
This is the worst problem we have with this product. Some people believe that this oil has abilities to heal, but there hasn’t been any testing done as far as effectiveness against acne. For it to help your skin heal, the concentration needs to be high, and then you’d run into those harmful side effects. CSM diluted the oil to the extent that it won’t have any affect on acne at all.
4. It’s a Bit Too Expensive
Paying $70 for one month’s worth of product makes CSM an expensive treatment for today’s market. It does offer some good results, but at this price, you might as well choose a less expensive solution that will still give you roughly the same acne-fighting abilities.
What’s Our Conclusion?
Clear Skin Max works pretty well if your acne problem is light or mild. The people who say this product works will be happy that it doesn’t have a lot of side effects.
The problem with that is that this system is too mild for severe acne. Natural types of ingredients do not show many positive results for people with severe acne.
If you have mild acne, CSM may provide you with good results, but the price is still too high. You can find cheaper brands that will treat mild acne just as effectively.
Score: 4 stars !