AcneFree – Available In Most Retail Stores and Very Competitive Price, But User Feedback Is scarce And Somewhat Less Than Convincing

AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment is an acne fighting regimen designed specifically to treat adult acne.  It is not recommended for use by anyone under age 15, though there is information on a “simplied regimen” for young people available on the website.  The three-step system works by exfoliating to remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil, and then medicating the skin with “prescription quality” benzoyl peroxide.  The benzoyl peroxide penetrates deep into pores to heal and prevent acne, and AcneFree toner will restore skin to its normal pH balance.

This non-irritating formula has a time-release system so that it continues to work 24 hours a day when applied as directed.  Though AcneFree says that results will vary between different individuals, their frequently asked questions page states that the “average person will see results in as early as 3 days, though it may take up to two weeks.”  While AcneFree is recommended for all skin types, a “spot test” is advised to test for potential irritation if you have sensitive skin.

AcneFree’s website admits that worsening acne may occur during the initial stages of using the system as the treatments draw bacteria and impurities out of the pores.  Any mild irritation a person experiences may be eliminated by using AcneFree less frequently or in a lower concentration.  Any serious irritation, such as “redness, burning, itching, peeling or possible swelling after first use” is a warning that you should stop using the product.

It’s important to be mindful of your sun exposure when using AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment.  It contains peroxide which may cause “blotching and/or black spots with excessive sun exposure.”  They recommend that you use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when outdoors and that you avoid using tanning beds.

Company Information

AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment is produced by University Medical Pharmaceuticals, a company founded in 1992 that strives to produce quality, affordable products “that work for the mass market consumer.”  University Medical has been a Better Business Bureau Accredited Business since 2007 and receives a grade of A from the BBB.  Five consumer complaints have been filed against University Medical in the last 36 months, but all have been resolved.

Product Specifications

AcneFree products are available via their website and at most retail stores.  The three-step system, to be used both morning and evening, consists of Purifying Cleanser, Renewing Toner, and Repairing Lotion.  It is recommended that you continue using the system even after acne has cleared.

The website’s FAQ includes mention of AcneFree Acne and Blackhead Terminator and AcneFree Scar Eraser, but I could not find additional information nor a way to order these products on the website.  AcneFree also makes a “severe acne” version of their system, but no ordering information is present on the website.

AcneFree Cleanser comes in a 10 ounce bottle and contains benzoyl peroxide for fighting acne.  It doesn’t foam or lather like many cleansing products and has a lotion-type feel.  Renewing Toner, in an eight ounce bottle, removes dead skin cells and penetrates pores to remove excess oil.  Repairing Lotion contains time-released capsules of benzoyl peroxide which gives it a grainy texture.

Besides benzoyl peroxide, the ingredients in AcneFree products are not disclosed on the website.  No potential side effects of AcneFree are mentioned.


A kit containing all three products in the AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment system costs $19.95.  AcneFree Cleanser and Renewing Toner can be purchased separately on the website as well.

Return Policy

Details on the return policy are not completely clear on AcneFree’s website, but it appears that used or unused products may be returned within 30 days of purchase for a complete refund minus shipping charges.


I’ve found fewer reviews about AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment than about most of the other products I’ve searched.  Is AcneFree good?  Does it work?  Not surprisingly, that seems to be a matter of opinion.  At first, I could find only negative reviews regarding AcneFree.  For example, all three comments left on an AcneFree review at were unhappy ones.  One person said AcneFree had left his skin oily; the other two said it had made their skin red, very dry, itchy, and even bumpy.

Surprisingly, most forums had no mention of AcneFree, even though it is readily available in retail stores.  At, I found many comments, however, and learned more about the pros and cons of AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment.

Some of the problems mentioned include burning, excessive drying of the skin, stinging, and an unpleasant odor.  Another drawback presented by users is that the three-step system is time consuming since you need to wait ten minutes after using Renewing Toner before applying Repairing Lotion.  It can also cause bleach spots on washcloths, towels, pillow cases, and any other fabric it contacts even after application to skin.  One person who used the severe acne formula admitted that it was very drying to his skin but that an additional moisturizer used after Repairing Lotion corrected the dryness.

On the positive side, many people have seen good results when using AcneFree.  Some report clearing acne within just a couple days to a week, a reduction in the size of existing pimples, no new breakouts after beginning the treatment, and an overall clean and smooth feel to the skin.  Other positives include the low price and the ease of finding AcneFree in local stores.

As with all acne treatments, AcneFree Clear Skin Treatment will really work for some people but not work for others.  This system gets about 50% good reviews and about 50% bad ones.  I didn’t see anyone calling it a scam, but I didn’t see anyone calling it the best acne treatment either.