(Closed) PROACTIV? Do you like it?

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: Do you like Proactiv?

    Never used it. But have a comment or other suggestion...

    I use it and love it. It works for me.

    I tried it and hated it. I stuck to the program and it did not work.

    I tried it, but I didn't stick to it, so I don't know why it didn't work.

    I use it, but have another opinion...

  • Post # 17
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Oh I completely forgot about the staining!  It will also bleach your pillowcases and towels because it has benzoyl peroxide.

    Post # 18
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    What I’ve found about Proactiv: 

    It’s a miracle for people who tend to have oily skin that is not sensitive. 

    If you have sensitive and/or dry skin, though, stay away! R used it for a long time and loved it. I tried it for two weeks and it was awful. My skin was a red, blotchy, peeling mess. I would never use it again. I use the Clinique 3 Step System mild formula and it works wonders for me. 

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I agree with @lilyfaith – I fall into the oily/nonsensitive category and it works pretty well for me (better than other options I’ve tried over the years.)

    Post # 20
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    it’s a waste of money!  I used it and it kind of worked.  Then I found out that they sell benzoyle peroxide, the active ingredient in proactive, at places like walmart and walgreens, and it even has a higher percentage of the active ingredient, for like $5.  This works even better for me.  I put this on at night and use salycilic acid ($5 too) in the morning.  Works great!

    Post # 21
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Proactive is very harsh on the skin, and will dry out your skin, and cause irritation. A lot of acne products use alcohols, benzoyl peroxide and salycilic acid, which will over time over dry and irritate the skin, when you over dry acne skin, it will only start to produce more oil to compensate, and thus you have more pimples.

    I would suggest you either go see a dermatologist or a reputable spa and get a skin analyisis done by an esthetician, and she can make product reccemendations for you that will be better worth your money. I’ve used Eminence which is a really good organic line, and I’m currently using Repechage which I’m really liking.

    Post # 22
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Same thing with me….I used it a long time ago and worked great….now it does nothing for me.

    Post # 23
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    It worked great for me years ago but stopped working after a while.. since they came out with “new proactiv” and I hadn’t used it in about 4 years I thought I’d try it again.  It cleared me right up at first for a couple weeks, but for the last week my skin has NEVER been so dry.. and to boot I am completely broken out now, prob due to the skin being too dried out and stripped from it’s natural oils like Stephbolt said.

    what a disappointment 🙁

    Post # 24
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think it works but it dries my face out so bad…it really does hurt! Maybe I just have sensitive skin, but I can’t use it two times a day or else my face would be sore and ripped apart!

    Post # 25
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    When I was a teenager it worked like a charm… but I tried it again in adulthood (at age 26) and it dried out my skin horribly and made my eyes swell shut! So I got my money back!

    There is a money back guarantee so try it and if it doesn’t work just send it back!

    Post # 26
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I tried proactiv and the 3 step clinique system and the clinique 3 step worked way better for me. The thing that’s worked the best for me though is birth control.

    Post # 27
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I have super sensitive skin.  I first tried Proactiv when I was in my late teens and my eyes swelled up so badly.  I stoppped using it immediately.  I was desperate at one point so I tried it again.  Best thing I’ve ever done.  I have been using it for over 10 years and I don’t think I’ll ever stop.  I love the moisturizer too.  I still break out occassionally but I realize that I have to be very careful with my face.  I use Neutrogena foundation and I try not to ever use powder.  Powder seems to cause breakouts for me.

    @wifeywife, birth control is my miracle worker too.  I’m scared to death to stop taking it when we try for a baby : (

    Post # 29
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    Helper bee

    I used it correctly but I didn’t like it but my DH loved it.

    It was exciting that I was one shade of a color at the time but looking back, that color was red! 

    The only thing that worked for me was Johnson and Johnsons Purpose. 

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Other!  I used it for awhile, but it was too expensive while I was in school so I found cheaper options.  I had good luck with it, but it did dry out my skin.

    Post # 31
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I use tea tree oil cleanser twice a day, and spot treat with witch hazel.  A few times a week I use an apricot scrub in the shower… and I use aveeno facial moisturizer with spf after I wash it. That seems to work out the best for me, and I feel like I have pretty run of the mill skin (not overly dry or oily).

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