Post # 1
I broke down and bought the Proactiv basic 3-step system the week before Thanksgiving because I have been battling with my skin for about 2 years.
At first, it was great but now my skin is SO dry it literally hurts. And it’s kinda peely around my chin and hairline, which is gross.
Their website says this is normal and to keep using the products as instructed but to add an over the counter moisturizer. I’ve done this but my skin is still really dry.
I’m zit free and my redness/uneven skin tone is SO SO SO much better, but this dryness/tightness is really getting obnoxious. My face itches all day. And it BURNS when I put my makeup on.
I’m assuming this isn’t normal but I don’t know what to do. Before Proactiv, I literally think I’ve tried every product out there and I was more than disappointed with the results (or lack thereof). Seriously, I’ve tried store-bought brands (Neutragena, Biore, etc), Department store brands (Clinque), organic (Burt’s Bees, Thayer’s, 100% Pure), and everything in between.
I’m at the end of my rope. I saw a dermatologist and she gave me some antibiotics for a weird form of rosacea I had, and that did help. But I lost my insurance b/c I started a new job so I won’t be able to go back to her until April.
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
have you tried the Murad system instead? The lotion that comes with it is realllly goood and my face never feels dry. It’s similar to Proactiv IMO but much better
Post # 4
My experience with proactiv was not the best- it left my skin SO dry that no moisturizing regime could help. A short while into using it my breakouts got worse, which I then leaned was frommy skin being so dry! I now use Clinique bar soaps, with cleansing cloths and great moisturizing products.
Post # 5
I’ve used Proactiv for years. A month ago I stopped using it, just to try drugstore brands, and my skin got much worse. I started using it again the past couple of days and have noticed a huge difference.
In the very early stages of using Proactiv, my skin was dry and sensitive, but after a month or so, it got better. How much of the repairing lotion (the third step) are you using? I only apply a thin layer; otherwise, my skin dries out too much.
Post # 6
every person I’ve talked to who has used Proactiv, including DH, has had your experience with it. Too strong, dries out the skin etc. I bought it to try it, but was really afraid of how strong it was because I didn’t have severe acne, I just wanted clearer skin. I ended up tossing the lot and sticking with Clean&Clear
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I used to use it, but it was way to harsh. One thing you can do is scale back to washing your face only at night. You should also add a moisturizer to your routine and moisturize both am and pm.
I switched to gentle cleansers that are not acne targeted and my acne got way better. I’m using the Body Shop’s Seaweed line + Clinique moisture surge moisturizer.
Post # 8
I used it and it really killed my skin. Like, my skin was flaking off. It was terrible. I tried it for like 6 weeks and it did nothing except dry out my skin and ruin a few towels! I use Clinique’s exfoliator from the 3 step and their moisture surge mousturizer (like PP) every morning and the “even better skin tone corrector” at night.
Post # 9
I use it and have super sensitive skin. When I used all 3 steps, I had the dry/peeling thing going on and I almost stopped completely. now I only use the clenser once a day and then I put the lotion on. I completely skip the green “toner” and I haven’t had a problem since. Every once in a while I’ll use it because I feel like I have to… but it’s usually just the clenser and the lotion and I’m happy with how that works for me. Maybe try switiching it up a little and see if that works for you. I’ve tried every product under the sun and I swear Proactive is the only thing that worked for me… even though I had to experiment with the steps a little. Good luck! I know how much it sucks <3