(Closed) Has anyone tried Proactiv for their body?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
398 posts
Helper bee

I suffer from bacne.  It’s horrible and I hate it.

Birth control does help keep it under control.

But this is what has helped me.

1. Your conditioner is usually a big culprit. I put my hair up after I rinse my hair, then wash my back.  I use PanOxl Bar. Found at any drugstore.  I use a loofah to scrub my back.  The loofah will need to be changed out every few weeks and allowed to dry well in between use.

2. After your shower. Dry your back and use witch hazel with a couple of drops of tea tree oil added to it.  Wipe your back/chest down with it   You can put it in a spray bottle if that’s easier.

Usually birth control keeps it under control but now that I’m working out I’ve gotten a few break outs. So  I have to use the Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil whenever I workout.

Post # 4
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Proactive is mostly benzoal peroxide which is a ‘drying’ agent and works best with white heads or ‘red’ [inflamed] acne.

My partner has used it on his shoulders before, and while it helps to minimize acne, it becomes more of a black head situation, where the pores are still clogged, just not inflamed.


gives some good advice and I would recommend trying it out, as I find that even though I am not prone to acne at all, if I forget to put my hair up after conditioning I’ll get a small break out where the hair has sat.

Also, tea tree oil has been a god-send for my partners skin as it is a ‘calming agent.’


Post # 6
398 posts
Helper bee

@napabridekelsey: You may have to give microdermabrasion a try. You could try a home kit one and see if that helps. 

Have you tried Retin A prescription? It can help with mild scaring and the acne.

This biggest issue is it will bleach anything with color. So you would need to wear a white tshirt to bed.

Best of luck!

Post # 7
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Whenever I exercise (especially run) I start getting deep, painful breakouts on my back.  My birth control didn’t make it go away completely, so I switched to the tanning bed.  I did that for several months and it cleared up.  Plus, I got tan.  I know it’s not the healthiest option, but if you’re doing it for a short time just to be safe for the wedding, you should be fine.   

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