Proactiv – Pros and Cons
Proactiv has been a hugely popular acne product for years now. It’s been endorsed by numerous celebrities and users who excitedly explain that Proactiv was the only acne treatment that ever worked for them. Below we have outlined how this product works and some of the advantages and disadvantages of Proactiv.The Proactiv line consists of a three-step system designed to treat and prevent acne breakouts. The basic system includes: 1) A gentle, oil-free cleanser to exfoliate dead skin cells, 2) An alcohol-free toner that removes the dead skin cells, clears pores by removing excess oils, and soothes skin with botanical ingredients, and 3) A light, oil-free lotion containing benzoyl peroxide that heals the existing acne and prevents new acne. The directions explain that you are should use each of the three steps morning and night.
Proactiv has gotten tons of really great reviews from people who had long suffered from severe to mild acne, proclaiming that it quickly cleared up their skin and prevented pimples from coming back. From my own experience, I was first introduced to Proactiv by my sister who did not have horrible skin but did get fairly frequent breakouts. As soon as she started using Proactiv her face cleared up and she didn’t get any new breakouts. It actually seemed to improve her skin tone to a level better than it was before she ever started breaking out. However, as soon as she stopped using it for about a week, she immediately broke out. That shows that this product needs to be used consistently to maintain healthy skin and prevent breakouts. It’s like brushing your teeth or showering; you need to do it everyday!
After seeing her results I had to try it, and I love it personally. The cleanser exfoliates great and isn’t too rough like many others that can hurt your skin. When it’s followed with the toner your skin feels unbelievably clean and soothed at the same time. I never had bad acne but would just get an occasional breakout and this definitely prevents me from getting breakouts and my skin looks and feels better than it ever did before.
Furthermore, Proactiv is a good deal, ranging anywhere from $19.99-$59.99; it’s definitely a lot cheaper than taking multiple trips to the dermatologist to receive expensive treatments that are often experimental and don’t work. It’s also a better deal than buying different skin care products separately at a store, which could easily add up to over $80 a month.
The benzoyl peroxide in Proactiv can make your skin a little more sensitive to the sunlight, so you want to be sure to wear a sunscreen with it. This is something you should be doing everyday anyway to prevent aging and skin cancer. Proactiv has a really great oil-free sunscreen that won’t clog your pores. Something to be aware of is that the face wash can bleach your towels a little if you don’t wash it all off before drying your face. Also, be careful with imitations. There are numerous products that were developed after Proactiv became so successful that claim they do the same thing but in actuality they contain totally different ingredients that can actually make your skin worse.