(Closed) ProActiv or Skin ID?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For the two options, I’d pick ProActiv.

But I LOVE the clarisonic.  It’s a face brush that is battery operated.  Check into it!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I wouldn’t recommend using proactive, it dried my face out more and made more acne.  I never tried skin id but i’ve heard similar stories with that.

i use origins and it’s made a world of difference.  they have different lines of washes/toner/moisterizer etc. depending on your skin type, but i’m combination so i use checks & balances wash.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Proactiv didn’t do a thing for me. But it worked on some of my siblings.

I like Clearasil vanishing cream with 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Go to a dermatologist to get an oral antibiotic. That’s the only thing that ever worked for me.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used proactiv a long long time and then out of no where, I developed an allergy to it. My chin itches soooo bad if I use it now. I still sometimes use it because it works great for me and deal with the itching (the price of beauty ladies!)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I used ProActiv for a couple of years and it worked miracles with my skin.  I stopped using it for about a year or so, because my skin was under control, but now that my skin is acting up again, I’m back on it.  Still works wonders for me, but I have heard other people say that it just didn’t work for them.  In my experience, however, you do have to use it as directed (2x a day is my magic number) to get the best results.  If I skip as much as 1 day I’ll notice my skin start to change.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Neither. Proactive and Skin ID are both way to harsh and dry out your skin. Thus, your skin produces more oil to compensate and compounds the problem. I used proactive for a while and then switched to Mary Kay facial products and WOW, what a fantastic difference. They have this spot treatment cream that clears up a bad blemish in 2 days flat, it’s awesome. My skin is a lot smoother now and I rarely have major breakouts any more (usually around that time of the month). Give it a try! but stay away from Proactive, seriously.

Also, getting a microderm periodically will really help too. About once every 2-3 months.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have the same skin problems that you do. I tried Avons Clearskin Professional (i think that is the name), it is ‘proven as effective as proactive’ or somthign like that. All I know, is it is priced much more reasonably.

I used the system, and the first week my skin seemed slightly worse (a little ruddy, or bumpy) and then it was great, like crazy great. I didn’t have breakouts, I didn’t have oily skin, and the tone was even.

I think everyone reacts differently, but it is worth a try, and the price is right.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

My son has used both. ProActive did nothing for him. SkinID is amazing and started working right away.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If you want to spend that much money on effective skin care, then use: Origins! (found at Macy’s). In my teens to now, I’ve always had moderate, stress-induced acne. Sometimes, I would cave and pick at them and, of course, get scars. I used ProActiv from 15-20 and while it worked to get rid of the acne, it severely dried out my skin and eventually I developed an allergy to it. I did stop once due to financial reasons and my face broke out twice as much as it did when I started. 

I haven’t ever used SkinID but a friend has. He said it was as ineffective as Proactiv and cost just as much. After I got engaged, I knew that I needed/wanted to fix my skin. After tons of research, I found out about Origins. It’s all organic ingredients and, while it is costly, it works amazingly!  I noticed a difference in just two weeks! My skin didn’t get overly dry and the scars are starting to fade. I’ve been using it for 3 months now and LOVE IT! 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There’s an organic company called LUSH that makes bath products and skin products.  I swear by their products =)  http://www.lush.com  I would suggest using the dark angels, or tea tree toner for the acne =)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I used ProActiv successfully for about a year before it stopped working.  Then I found this http://www.acne.org and I’ve been using a modified version of his routine for a few years with great success.  It’s basically just using mild cleansers (I don’t use his, I use Cetaphil) and a mild benzoyl peroxide with a gentle moisturizer.  Good luck, you have lots of options to try!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with @Jaynee: the acne.org regime is a good one.  I don’t used the acne.org regime, but I have taken his general advice.  His regime is basically a gentle cleanser, good moisturizer and lots of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.  It’s ALOT less harsh than the 5% or 10% variety, but works just the same.  Seriously, the 10% stuff dries my skin out so bad…it’s awful.

In addition to checking out origins, I would recommend taking zinc pills, helps my skin a lot.  I take 50mg/day.

 

Post # 16
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Proactiv dried out my face horribly.  I had to get away from benzoyl peroxide and salycilic acid because they were horrible on my face.  I’m using Origins right now, it was doing pretty well until it started to get hot and I’m sweating a lot more than usual.

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