(Closed) Anyone Use Proactiv Extra Strength

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1537 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I didn’t even know they make an “extra strength” line! I stopped using proactiv about 2 years ago because after using it for one year it suddenly made my skin worse. I normally wouldn’t mention this, but it also happened to another 2 friends of mine. We all thought it was great when it was working, but then it seemed as if our skin became immune to the products and it lost it’s effectiveness.

I’d be interested in learning more about this “extra strength” though. It could possibly be an improvement to correct what happened to my friends and I. I also know that they say the line is “new” so maybe they tweaked it a little. The face mask has always been awesome.

Sorry I can’t be of more help. Good luck!

Post # 4
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I personally have not used Proactiv; however, I have looked at the ingredients.  Honestly, the ingredients are the same as in most over-the-counter acne medications. 

Just as a note, benzoyl peroxide 7% is a pretty high strength, and for many people, it can lead to overdrying of the skin.  Some side effects people can have include peeling, itching, irritation and reddening of the skin.  I’m not saying that there aren’t people who can use this without a problem – only that it’s something to keep an eye on.


Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 7%


Active ingredient: salicylic acid 2%


Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 7%

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Post # 6
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have used it.  I used proactiv for about a year and then it stopped working so I called up to cancel and they told me of this magical extra strength.  Used it for about 6 months before it stopped working too.  Personally I’m not a big fan of proactiv (sure you picked up on that by now, haha).  My two words of advice is if you do use the extra strength then wear SUNSCREEN!!!  if you don’t it could do some serious permanent damage to your skin.  Both myself and my friend have some discoloration on our skin from it.

Also I’d reccomend Image Skincare.  its hard to find but its so good. 

Post # 7
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree… Proactiv stopped working for me as well.  The only thing I liked by Proactiv is the mask, which I used as an overnight spot treatment that worked well.  Right now I just use Clean and Clear scrub which has salicylic acid and it works well for me.  Murad products did absolutely nothing for me either.

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