What do real people say works for acne — or any other medical condition?
While studies led by university-based scientists are the gold standard of medical research, many patients turn to the internet where better results are often promised through new or alternative treatments that haven't been subjected to rigorous research.
Even conventional treatments, from prescriptions like Accutane and Retin-A to OTC ingredients like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, don't work for everyone.
Whether you're only interested in what doctors recommend or you want to know know about the latest trend from the beauty blogs, how well does any of this stuff work?
The site depends on user-generated information, which allows it to rank any treatment a user suggests. If something's not on the list, you can add it. But this type of crowdsourced data also means that some of the information is sloppy. For example, there are multiple listings for Accutane and one is misspelled.
But you can see what percentage of people find a given treatment effective thanks to color-coded graphics. Green indicates "major improvement" and light green indicates "moderate improvement."
If you're looking for information about acne treatments, this is a great new tool.