(Closed) Any brides tried Proactive?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Ive tried it…. and it gave me a massive rash down half my face, neck and chest that lasted for weeks. I was clearly allergic to something in it.

I had a room-mate who loved it and a best friend who it did nothing for. It seems like one of those products you really have to try.

I have fairly oily skin. It gets more prone to breakouts the older it get. Personally, I use a simple regimen. All you need is an exfoliator, a cleanser and a moisturizer. I use St. Ives apricot scrub, L’oreal Go 360 Clean deep cream cleanser (in a pink bottle) and Clean & Clear pore perfecting moisturizer. It works wonderfully for me, and is a hell of a lot cheaper than Proactiv. Really, as long as you follow that simple formula (exfoliate, cleanse, moisturize) you’ll be fine. You can use any products you like.

Post # 4
2701 posts
Sugar bee

@MuchGreater: I use the Equate (walmart version) of proactiv about twice a week. I have oily skin so I need something to just tone and balance out my levels. I love it and I never get break outs. On alternate days, I use an exfoliant, face wash, and lotion.

Post # 5
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I never have, but had a coworker that had the same problem with using it once and breaking out terribly.  So, I would advise to try it well before you wedding, and maybe be sure to do a test spot that’s NOT your face.

Post # 6
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went to Sephora and a sales associate helped me find the right stuff for me. I used it about 2 days before more skin dramatically cleared up. 

I have oily skin all over and acne. I use Murad 3-4 times a week.

Post # 7
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’ve tried it and it did nothing for me. It didn’t make it worse or better. Of course the ONLY thing that has worked for me since I got acne is birth control. I think you just have to give it a try and see if it works…it seems to for some!

Post # 8
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used Proactiv for a while but it didn’t do a lot for my acne.  I was disappointed at how dry my skin became, which was weird because I have incredibly oily skin.  Anyway, I ended up with dry skin AND acne.  It helped some but did not clear me up completely. 

My skin care regimen includes Clean & Clear scrub in the morning, Clean & Clear daily wash at night, and afterwards I use astringent.  I use a facial clay mask once or twice a week.  I still have an occasional zit but that’s what works best for me.  I used to have severe acne and my twin brother was on Accutane (the doctor wouldn’t prescribe me any because I’m a girl!!  ECK!)  I also liked using Acnefree, but have since switched and am seeing similar results with what I’m using now.  Acne is the WORST!

Post # 9
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I used it in high school and it worked AMAZING for me. Some people it doesn’t work for at all it seems. I would say myy face is somewhat in between oily and dry. I’ve stopped using it because I don’t really break out that much anymore and now i just use l’oreal 360 or something like that. But yeah it worked well for me when i used it.

Post # 11
1962 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I used to use proactive in High School and the first few years of college.  It worked pretty well except for the few days around my monthly cycle.  My only other problem was that it dried out my skin during the winter.  My skin is fairly sensitive though.  An oil free moisturizer took care of that problem for me.  

I’ve found for me that using ponds facial wipes right before bed and drinking lots and lots of water helps my skin out.  I stopped using proactive because it was getting expensive.  If you are prone to break outs make sure you are washing your pillow cases more often too.  Lots of nasty oils get trapped in bedding.

Post # 12
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I tried it for about a year and it only made mine worse, but my SIL, nieces and brother it worked great for and they still use it every day.  It depends on the type of acne that you have.

Post # 13
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

My derm gave me Retin-A!  Yay!!!  I’m secretly more excited about the anti-wrinkle cream of highest quality for about $4!!  Oh, and it works for the random zits I still get as an adult.

Post # 14
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I have dry skin that seems to break out because the dry skin seems to clog my pores.  I also have sensitive skin with eczema and the start of rosacea.  I like the moisturizer, and it’s really the only thing I can use every day.  The mask is good if I have a large pimple.  I’ll spot use the repairing lotion.  It’s been ages since I used the cleanser, I don’t even remember what it’s called.  It would help clear up the small break outs, but it was a little too harsh.  I don’t even use soap every day on my face (although I don’t wear makeup every day, so that helps!).

Post # 15
1165 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My skin decided to freak out with cystic acne 5 months before my wedding, after years of doing pretty well on a basic routine.  The thing that has dramatically helped me is Acne Free Severe.  It’s a system similar to Proactiv but you can buy it at CVS instead of through the mail.  It’s been a huge help for me, and while my skin isn’t perfect, but I don’t get those hard, red bumps that last for a couple of weeks, it’s mostly just the scarring that was left behind.

Also, the routine that worked for me for years is from http://www.acne.org.  It’s a great site as well as product.  I still buy the big bottle of benzoyl peroxide for my back.

Post # 16
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Works perfectly fine for me… i’ve used it off and on for about 10 years now.  I try to use it once a day, but sometimes I get lazy and stop using it for a week or two.  LoL.. my skin doesn’t break out the way it did in my teens and early 20s.  I’m now 28 and rarely get serious breakouts.. even when I was younger, it was mild/moderate acne.

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