(Closed) ProActiv…have you tried it?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve used it… but don’t use it regularly so I can’t really say how effective it is or not.

Also, my mom paid for it, so I don’t know how much it was.  She did say that the TV ads are very misleading regarding the price, though.

Post # 4
572 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have used and am using just for the months leading up to the Wedding proactiv, because I have pretty bad breakouts around my chin that I would rather have cleared up.

The pros for ME is that it does help, but I have never used it longer than 3 months at a time, so I cant speak for a long term use.

I do really like and personally benefit from the moisturizer they provide, my skin is always soft.

However, I do have sensitive skin so I have to be careful going out in the sun for too long, it does burn a tad initially, and the biggest thing is it is a customer service nightmare. It’s hard to get out of their auto-charge-renew garbage and the only reason I am using it, like I said, is that it works for me and I plan on cancelling right after the wedding.

It’s pricey, works for me, I like the step by step process, I however know people it has not worked for, some say it made their breakouts worse, getting out of their contract thing is stupid hard in my experience, so it is up to you whether you want to try it out or not!

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee

I have used it once, but wouldn’t recommend it. It’s honestly just more hype than anything. They key “ingredient” so to speak is hydrogen peroxide. So I would recommend something like spectro gel instead. A lot cheaper and works better. Some proactivs other products, like the moisturizer may work, but the main product itself was nothing amazing.

Post # 6
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve used it, and it’s not bad, but I also don’t feel it’s as great as it’s made out to be. It can burn at first, or at least did for me, and it took my skin a week or two to get accustomed to it. My eyes would get completely red and swollen all the way around them, even though I did not put any of the product directly near them.

Post # 7
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

I used it for two years straight hoping against hope that somehow it would work. Alas it was completely useless and didn’t do anything for me. In fact I would go as far as to say it made my acne worse.

I started using Retinol (Retin-A) on my skin as perscribed by my derm and it works wonders. It takes about 6-8 weeks to really start seeing results but boy did I. I have been using it in combination with Cetaphil face wash and CeraVe moisturizer…that’s it.

Post # 8
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I use it.  I think it works ok.  I don’t really have anything else to compare it to.   I think alot of how it works is dependant on your skin.  It works well for some people and doesn’t work well for others.  You could always trial it for a month for $9.95 or something, and decide it works for you or not.

Post # 10
1370 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve used it fairly regularly since I was 16 up until recently (24 now). I liked it and was spared the crazy skin that most of my peers had, but it doesn’t help with hormonal breakouts.

I stopped using it cold turkey for about a month because of the cost and tried cheaper alternatives and my skin was awful. I still use the toner and lotion, but I use a different facewash just to give my skin a break and try to wean off of it so my skin doesn’t freak out if I skip a day washing my face.

I use Neutrogena morning burst (the orange facewash) with the ProActive toner/lotion and my skin looks great. The ProActive has bleached several towels, so be careful.

Post # 11
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@misskoala:  Lol at the bleached towels.  Mine are all bleached 🙁  I have to have a special towel just for my proactive.

Post # 12
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

I used it, it worked great for about the first three months and then i guess my skin got used to it or something and I was right back to breakouts again. I stopped using it for a few weeks and tried to start again and developed an allergy to it. I woudln’t reccomend if you have sensitive skin or are allergy prone.

Also it is expensive, not just the product, but the shipping too! 

Post # 13
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It’s not really good for your skin long term because of the chemicals they use such as HP.  I used to use it and was getting milia all over my forehead.  When I went to my facialist she actually asked if I was using Proactiv.  Apparently it’s very harsh on your face and, because of that, milia is a common side effect.  I switched to a more gentle product after that.  I prefer salicyclic and retinol.  And I use Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer.

I do love their refining mask tho!

Post # 14
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I have tried it… I DO NOT have sensitive skin… I put BODY LOTION on my face and nothing happens… but Proactiv made it very red and blotchy for the first two weeks. Then I was veryyyy dry for weeks after. I stopped before I could see serious results because my face looked like a tomato.

Post # 15
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Reading these comments was interesting to me, since I’ve used it off and on since I was 17 and loved it. It worked great for me, for long term break outs, but does nothing on hormonal ones lol. What I loved the most was (I can’t remember the name and im at work, ill go look it up when im at home), was the little tube that you dab a bit onto a blemish at night. By morning it was gone for me everytime!

I did only wash my face with it once a day, at night, and i mositured like crazy afterwards and in the morning. I stopped using it about two months ago, but would go back to it if my breakouts came back.

Post # 16
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I tried it once in college and it gave me this heinous, massive rash down half of my face, my chin and down my neck and upper chest. It was horribly red and itched like fire… stupid rash didn’t go away for several weeks.

After that, I never used it again. I use drug store products and they seem to work well. I use St Ives Apricot scrub, followed by L’Oreal Go 360 cleanser (in a pink bottle, comes with a crubby pad), and Neutrogena moisturizer. As long as you follow the formula of exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize, you should be good.

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