Why Trust your skin to anything less?

Most acne treatments rely on the strength of their brand name to sell their products, not the ingredients. These companies depend on celebrity endorsements, glamour models, and millions of dollars worth of advertising to convince you to buy their products rather than discussing hard facts or detailed science. Turn their boxes over and most of them say the exact same thing: Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid.

Only a few ingredients have been proven to fight acne. These include: Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sulphur, and Retinoids.

In the past, most retail brands didn't offer Glycolic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide because of liability issues. Sulphur was avoided because it was viewed as unconventional, and Retinoids are only available by prescription.

The result was simple: Nearly every brand of retail acne treatment contains the same active ingredient: Salicylic Acid.

Proactiv Solution

Proactiv started out as an innovator. They offered Glycolic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide when other brands wouldn't. Proactiv's mistake was disregarding the usefulness of Salicylic Acid altogether.

Step 1 of their system is a 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide Wash. Step 3 is a 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide lotion. Why apply Benzoyl Peroxide two times in one treatment?


As with most acne treatments, Murad's main ingredient is Salicylic Acid. They also make limited use of Glycolic Acid, but avoid Benzoyl Peroxide completely. However, studies show that a minimum concentration of 2% Salicylic Acid is needed to be effective. Murad only uses a 1.5% concentration in its cleanser, seriously limiting its effectiveness.


Zenmed also uses Salicylic Acid as its primary topical ingredient, along with capsules containing herbal ingredients that are not actually proven to treat acne. Interestingly, Zenmed recommends that you not use their capsules for more than 6 months at a time. It is not known if this could cause a negative reaction, or why acne wouldn't return as soon as treatment stops. Also, because of Zenmed's herbal ingredients, some users find the smell unpleasant.


Cold Fusion is different. We use the three most powerful acne-fighting ingredients (Benzoyl Peroxide, Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid) together in one unified system to combat the causes that lead to unhealthy skin. Cold Fusion also uses a scientifically designed plan to maximize the benefits of our treatment.

Chart showing Cold fusion using all three active acne fighting ingredients while others only use one or two.

By detecting a single blockage early and applying our Cold Fusion Acne Treatment, you can reduce inflammation, swelling, the constriction of pores, and even prevent a subsequent breakout.

THE ACNE CURE, a book by Terry J. Dubrow, uses detailed science to prove that using the 3 most powerful ingredients - SALICYLIC ACID, BENZOYL PEROXIDE and GLYCOLIC ACID - together in one system is the most effective topical regimen for stopping acne. Learn More.

Based upon Dr. Dubrow's research in THE ACNE CURE, Cold Fusion Acne Treatment combines the right ingredients with the right instructions, giving you the power to stop your acne before it even starts. By detecting a single blockage early and applying our Cold Fusion Acne treatment you can reduce inflammation, swelling, the constriction of pores, and even Prevent A Subsequent Breakout.


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