I think the teenage years are rough on just about everybody. You’re busy figuring out who you are and what you want out of life. You’re filled with all sorts of angst and other feelings that can often seem like a roller coaster. You would think that’s enough to deal with but no, on top of that teenagers get to deal with acne! Of course, the severity of acne ranges from the single zit that’s sure to show up on picture or dance day to the confidence-draining, face covering variety. I dealt with acne as a teenager and thankfully I was able to find a product that helped – Proactiv. It still helps keep my face clear as an adult as well. Recently speaking with my son and his girlfriend, I mentioned that Proactiv would likely help them as they both deal with teenage acne. This post was made possible by Facing Acne, head over to their site to read additional pros and cons for Proactiv Solution. My son David and his girlfriend Maddy were excited to get the Proativ kit and see what it could do for them. Both very beautiful people, but yet dealing with acne just like many many others. They loved it, and it made a huge difference in both of their lives. Clear skin equals confidence.
I’m sure you’ve seen commercials and celebrity endorsements, but might have wondered does Proactiv actually work? Proactiv Plus are newly reformulated acne products and said to heal acne faster with fewer of the known side effects such as skin dryness and irritation, but I have experience using their original acne solution items. As I’ve said, Proactiv did help me as a teenager and still helps me when I have used it as an adult. I’ve seen clearer skin with fewer breakouts when used consistently. I thought I’d break down a few of their products with the good and the bad.
Proactiv Renewing Cleanser – Obviously in the quest for clearer skin, you’ll want to start with a good cleanser. The Proactiv renewing cleanser utilizes a combination of salicylic acid and polyethylene beads to both scrub and peel your skin. The tiny beads do feel like they are getting all the gunk off your face, scrubbing away the impurities and leaving your skin healthier. You’re supposed to massage this into dampened skin twice a day and rinse. I know having healthy, clear skin takes work, but sometimes having to do this whole routine twice a day is a bit much. The benzoyl peroxide in the wash is supposed to penetrate deep within pores fighting bacteria. The only problem with the use of benzoyl peroxide – Proactiv uses a 6% solution that is approved by the US Food and Drug administration – is that can cause dryness, stinging, redness, and peeling of the skin. I did experience both dryness and redness at times, but was able to continue using it. I have read that their new formula address some of those issues by no longer including alcohol. I can also say that this is a small container, it’s only two ounces and when you’re using it twice a day you can run out quickly.
Proactiv Revitalizing Toner – This toner is meant to be applied with a cotton ball or pad twice a day as needed. Again, the container is small so I do recommend using it only as necessary. It feels cool and refreshing on the skin and is supposed to help balance skin tone while removing old skin cells to make way for new, vital skin underneath. The Proactiv revitalizing toner is alcohol free which I appreciate and includes witch hazel for pore purification as well as aloe to soothe and soften skin. I experienced no drying or irritation with this step that I’m aware of.
Proactiv Repairing Treatment – This is the last step of the original Proactiv stystem. It also contains prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide which can cause skin irritation. It’s meant to treat blemishes and also prevent future breakouts. Proactiv recommends applying a thin layer to the entire “affected area”. I used it as a spot treatment when I would have a particularly bothersome pimple, but it is safe to use on your entire face. This container is only one ounce and I wanted to avoid any further so I used it sparingly and only as necessary. Proactiv recommends using sunscreen after any of their products.
Proactiv also has a variety of other products that are given as free gifts or add-ons to their acne systems. These include Deep Cleansing Wash, Advanced Blemish Treatment, Oil Free Moisture with SPF 15, and others. Proactiv helped me achieve clearer skin and I would recommend it to others with a caution of know your face. If for any reason you experience worrisome side effects, discontinue use and speak with your doctor.