Proactiv Solution For Acne

Categories: Acne
Leave A Comment: Comments(16)

proactivProactiv Solution is probably the best known acne treatment system, thanks to its infomercials that seem to run 24/7. Proactiv promises to banish acne breakouts to reveal clear skin, and the Proactiv makers claim that it really works. As I’ve said before about infomercials, they are just so convincing that you almost feel stupid if you don’t buy from them because they promise to finally fulfill what you covet most.

My experience with Proactiv
When I was suffering from adult acne, I was suspicious of infomercials, but after months and months of no relief, and fruitless trips to the Dermatologist, I ordered Proactiv because the commercials were so convincing. Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Vanessa Williams – they all say it cured their acne in the infomercials. Later I found out they got millions of dollars to do the commercials!

I ordered the three-step kit for $39.95, which is a cleanser, toner, and lotion, plus a free mask. After using Proactiv twice a day for almost two months, I saw no improvement in my skin. I was only using the three products (and the mask) and no other skin care products. My face got super duper dry (but I live in the desert). My skin did not get any worse than it was before the Proactiv, nor did it get better.

My boyfriend at the time also used Proactiv (just once a day) and he thought it was working for him a little bit. I didn’t see a difference really, but he felt his skin was slightly better. But after two months, he didn’t think it was worth the money, so he stopped buying it. He went back to just cleansing with shampoo (which is really bad for your skin).

I now realize my assessment of Proactiv is not completely scientific because I was wearing some makeup at the time. I had not yet discovered the cosmetic acne list, so there is a chance some of the makeup I wore contributed a bit to my acne. Because the Proactiv really dried out my skin, I also occasionally used a hydrating mask, and I later found out that did have some pore-clogging ingredients.

Proactiv – Its good qualities
The good thing about Proactiv is that it contains no ingredients that will make your acne worse (unless you are allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide). It might dry your skin out a bit initially, but if you use a good non-pore clogging moisturizer on top of the Repairing Lotion, it will hydrate your skin. The regular Proactiv kit doesn’t contain sunscreen, so you would need to wear a separate non-pore clogging sunscreen because the sun makes your acne worse in the long run.

If someone is using super pore-clogging skin care products, and then switches to Proactiv, they will probably see an improvement in their skin. Proactiv also contains no alcohol, which is good. My estimate is that 75% of skin care products contain ingredients that can make acne worse, so if you happen to be using pore-clogging products, a switch to Proactiv can help.

The products come with a money-back guarantee. Since I was too lazy to send the products back, I don’t know how easy it is to get your money back if you are not happy with your purchase.

*Buy Proactiv*

Proactiv – Its bad qualities
While Proactiv may help a bit, I don’t think it will get rid of most people’s acne! The only acne-fighting ingredients the products contain are Benzoyl Peroxide, and Glycolic Acid. For people with mild acne, or maybe a handful of lucky people, this is enough to achieve clear skin, but it’s not enough for most acne sufferers. And again, a switch from bad products to Proactiv is my belief why it does work for some people.

I’ve also read that a lot of people have trouble cancelling the auto-renewal plan once they’ve ordered from the Infomercial. I ordered my Proactiv online, and didn’t opt for the auto-renewal, and had no problem.

How to get rid of acne
As I’ve discovered in my guide to cure acne, for me at least, and I’m sure most people, several more steps need to be taken to get rid of acne. The routine I use is pretty simple once you get the different products you need. You could even use the Proactiv Repairing Lotion as one of your steps, since it’s a decent 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide lotion. The Proactiv cleanser is okay also, but I would rather use a cleanser without Benzoyl Peroxide, since it can be irritating to your eyes, and it’s sort of unnecessary since you are already going to be using a Benzoyl Peroxide lotion (which doesn’t get washed down the drain like the cleanser). The cleanser is a bit drying, which is fine for oily skin, but for dry skin I would recommend a more hydrating cleanser. I would skip the toner, not because it’s bad, but because Salicylic Acid is better than Glycolic Acid for acne, and you don’t need both. Glycolic Acid is good for wrinkles, so the toner would be a good mild 6% Glycolic Acid treatment for wrinkles.

*Buy Proactiv*

What’s your experience with Proactiv?

Don’t miss out…get Savvy Skin posts via email!
Bookmark and Share


16 Responses to “Proactiv Solution For Acne”

  1. prettybeautiful Says:

    about 8 years ago, my friend, who was so troubled by acne, bought this and tried, it really worked for her!

  2. Valerie Says:

    I dont have acne but my 13 year old daughter does. She contantly picks at it and its always red and inflamed looking. She has used 3 different Avon acne treatments, as well as some facial cleansers for oily skin but found no relief. She has been begging for Proactive, but I knew that a friends son found no help from it so I was hesitant to get it for her. For her 13th birthday, my sister-in-law bought her the Proactiv and we were surprised to find that it took the redness of her acne completely away and it reduced the size of her pimples. The overall effect is that there is less acne and her skin does feel baby soft so she is thrilled with it. She went to my mom’s for the weekend and forgot to bring the Proactiv with her. You could see the different in that her acne was all red and infected looking when she got home again after just 2 days without the Proactiv. I took before pictures and will take after pictures once its cleared up completely.

    I think what is happening is that existing acne gets infected and the Proactiv is simply treating the infection…the results might make the user feel more confident because its less noticeable and then they are less apt to pick at their face, causing the outbreak to heal more quickly. Thats just my theory anyways.

    Seems like Proactiv works for some but not for others, for reasons unknown! I figure its worth a try. My sister-in-law said that you do not have to accept the auto-ship option and you can buy is on an as-needed basis so thats what we will do.

  3. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    I’m glad Proactiv is working for your daughter! I do have theories that it works better on younger people (I’m in my 30s) but I haven’t been able to find out if this is really true or not. I understand how hard it is to not pick at your face – I used to do the same thing when I was 13, and even when I was 30! If the Proactiv is not completely clearing up her skin, you could consider getting her a prescription for Differin, which she could use at night, along with the Proactiv. But it’s expensive, unless you have a good insurance plan.

  4. Valerie Says:

    Jeni, thanks for the heads up on the Differin. If the Proactiv doesnt work in the long run, I will take her to a dermatologist and we’ll ask about it. :-)

  5. Im Says:

    I used to have regular breakouts (nothing severe) and for two years (when I was 15-16) Proactiv did the trick. Now that I’m in college, I stopped using the products because it started to seriously dry out my skin. Even though I used a heavy moisturizer, it stopped helping me so I switched to Differin. Although Differin is more expensive, the tube lasts a really long time and isn’t as harsh on your skin. I have heard that some people have trouble with Proactiv in the long run because your skin builds an immunity to it… Not sure if this is true, but my dermatologist hates the stuff.

  6. Lydia Says:

    Proactiv is the only thing that clears up my face… and it does a great job! The only bad thing if you get in on your clothes it will bleach them!

  7. Lianne Says:

    I used to use proactive for adult acne (it started when I reached 25, I’m now 35) and it did work for me, although it really dryed out my skin. So I had a choice, no acne and flaky dry skin, or moisturized skin and acne. I decided to try something else to see if it worked just as well (and less expensive, at the time the USA/Canadian dollar exchange made it really pricey for me). I tried Vichy’s Purete Thermal purifiying rinse off foam cleanser, the hydra-perfecting toner with the Oligo 25 moisturizer, and once a week I exfoliate with NormaDerm gel exfoliant cleansing gel. I found that this combination worked just as well if not better on my acne( I rarely have breakouts anymore, and even if I do,it’s very very minimal 1-3 pimples) and it doesn’t dry out my skin, actually I have less lines and my face looks fresher,feels softer than before. I recommend Vichy over Proactive.

  8. Luana Says:

    What can I say … 30 years of acne. From mid-teens to mid-40s and no, not everyone outgrows it, no matter what your mother says. Believe me, no one takes better care of their skin than someone with acne. I never once went to bed without cleaning it and barely wore makeup because I was afraid of making it worse. I tried everything from prescription products to all kinds of skin care lines and while some may have helped a bit none really did the trick and made me feel like the acne was under control … ever. I was always skeptical about the infomercials and people who made it sound like everything was suddenly peachy overnight, but finally I decided to give Proactiv a try and really truly noticed a difference after only a few days and have been using it now for about 5 years and can honestly say that my acne is under control and I would not give it up for the world. I also use their Green Tea Moisturizer to supplement and control the dryness and I am very careful about the makeup products I use. I always keep in mind that my skin needs moisture … not oil. There may be other products out there that would work but why would I want to take the chance.

  9. BB Says:

    Hi in CHile also are promoting proactiv, but it’s seems to me thats no good at all, It’s too magic and also too fast, in my experienced the only thing that is good for young acne or adult acne is clinamicida, that is a lotion that is only given by prescription of your dermatologist… and so sorry but I dont know the name in english, also for daily care I use lancome’s aqua fusion oil free and 15 spf daily hydratation and the tonique clarite from lancome too and as an exfoliant also lancome.
    it´s expensive but is good you’ll never reconised your skin it’s soft and acne free.

  10. Valerie Says:

    Just to update…here we are 6 months later and my daughter is now using Benzaclin gel for her acne. The Proactiv stopped working around mid-March and her acne got worse. I dont know why it stopped being effective for her but she was awfully discouraged. The Benzaclin has cleared her face nicely. If she goes a day without it, her acne comes back in full force but now that she is using it, her skin is the clearest that I have ever seen it. She’s so happy.

    As an aside…..my Auntie Flo came to visit a few days ago…with her came a HUGE mountainous inflamed pimple on the front of my chin. I cant even cover it up with makeup..it shows through. My daughter told me yesterday to use her gel and she promised that it would be gone in time for church this morning…I said “yeah right”. I used it twice yesterday and when I got up this morning, all of the redness is gone and the pimple looks like it has dissolved right back into my skin. All that remains is a little tiny dot when it has broken through. I dabbed another bit on and we shall see what it does. I’m sold! The Benzaclin is cheaper than Proactiv (its an 8 dollar copay with insurance) and there’s no 3-step ritual as with Proactiv.

    Anyhow…thought i’d update to let anyone know who is researching, that in the long run so far, Benzoclin has outperformed Proactiv here at my home. :-)

  11. Rose Says:

    Thanks for this Jeni. Our 21 year old cute-as-a-button niece lived with us for a few months recently. She informed us later that she was using Proactiv (with about as much success as your former boyfriend). How did we know at the time? Every good towel we provided was marked forever with her efforts to control her acne at the time. She still struggles to keep her skin belmishes at bay so I plan to direct her to your website.

  12. jennifer Says:

    Proactiv didn’t dry out your skin, it was the benzoyl peroxide, one of its side effects..It just really varies from person to person

  13. Meg Says:

    Proactiv is one of the best hings that I have tried! I had acne that was not as noticeable to others but i knew it and it got worse and worse my dermatologist put me on birth control (which helped a little) and also used differin. Yeah, they both worked some but when i used proactiv with it…it was amazing the change in my skin. But thing is, something that works for me…MAY not work for you. So its really just someones opinion on whats the best. Everyone has different types of skin and are allergic and sensitive to different things…no one person is right. Thats why its an opinion. And in my opinion, you should find what best works for YOUR skin.

  14. Dana Says:

    I’ll avoid listing all the acne treatments I’ve tried because, frankly I’d be a bit embarrassed by its length. All I’ll say is that none of them have worked. It’s not like I have severe acne or anything…I just can’t find any luck.

    I stay away from benzoyl peroxide. Although many praise the ingredient I find as do many people that I know, that it’s very irritating. There’s no point to treating acne, if it’s just going to cause other problems like over-drying. Personally, I try to find treatments that use salicylic acid because it is equally effective and much less irritating, and I also use an oil-free moisturizer so I don’t damage my skin in trying to fix it.

    But here’s the other problem…Parabens. It’s nearly impossible to find an acne treatment that doesn’t contain these harmful preservatives. They have been linked to cancer and banned in Europe. Read this study by Cornell about parabens in breast cancer tumors: http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/newsletter/articles/v9rc.parabens.cfm

    Does anyone know of a salicylic acid treatment that doesn’t contain parabens and isn’t a 3 step or 4 step process??

  15. StevieN235 Says:

    I usually use ProActiv, but I wanted to try something new which was healthier with less chemicals. I read bad reviews of all the harmful chemicals in proactive. My mother who is in her 60’s and looks like she is in her 30’s, recommended Made from Earth.

    I have a bit of adult acne and she recommended the Made from Earth Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub, and it works just as well as ProActiv. I used it for a couple of days, and saw results right away. Overall, my skin looks much better than before I used it. I didnt use any of their moisturizers but I would recommend the Grapefruit Glycolic Scrub.

  16. Ticia Says:

    I tried Pro Activ for a couple years and it did not work for my acne at all. Actually, it seemed to make it worse!

  • Savvy Skin HOME Latest Updates


  • Featured Sites

    Hair Loss Hell
    Amazon BEAUTY



  • Categories

  • Recent Posts