As you know, I am a sucker for skincare and today I’m going to be doing a product review for y’all on a new adapalene gel acne treatment from a the brand @acnefree. Long story short, accessibility to quality skincare products has been a dilemma that I’ve noticed a lot in the past few years. When people do not have the money or resources or insurance to go to a dermatologist, they’re simply stuck with their vicious cycle of skin issues.
Since most medicated and effective products that are targeted towards instant healing are prescription medications, it has become increasingly difficult for those of lower SES to treat their skin issues. For this reason, I am so so excited to be telling you all about the FIRST FDA approved, over the counter topical retinoid acne treatment.
Acne Free prides itself in creating an affordable fee without the necessity of insurance policies. It is a mere $11.99 per bottle, which is comparable to a standard copay fee. However, the upside is that those who cannot visit a dermatologist or may not have the resources to do so now have an option that will allow them to receive quality acne treatment.
I’ve always believed that beauty is much more than skin deep. But, I think that it is so important, especially for adolescents, to have equity in being able to achieve a sense of confidence in feeling comfortable in their own skin. My hope for the future is that there are more accessibility options for a wide variety of products that were once prescription-only. Bringing down big pharm is so important, and the first step is creating accessibility opportunities for equitable care.
I have only just begun trying the product, but definitely feel it’s activation in my skin. It does take a while to see results, so I haven’t been using it for long enough, but definitely feel those active ingredients working! Also, I trust this product since it has been dermatologist developed and approved, meaning that I know there are experts to back this research up. I will be sure to update y’all on how it goes in the future. If you’d like to continue on this journey with me and pick up a bottle, let me know how it’s going in the comments below!
About the Author:
Justine Bautista is a student at Chapman University. She is a double major in Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies and plans to pursue a career in psychological research. Justine is a writer for Free to Dream Magazine and also serves as manager/editor for their blog. Outside of Free to Dream, she works as a research assistant. She also works with social media brands and small businesses (ex. Pacific Swimwear and Impact Juice Bar). Justine is an avid neuroscience and coffee enthusiast. She loves books, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and dancing around while singing her favorite song, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron and Wine :)