Has anyone tried Proactive???

I'm wondering if it really works. My problem isn't really pimples, it's more of me popping almost non-existing pimples. I'll be touching my cheeks and feel a little bump. I'll just get really annoyed and not concentrate on anything except that thing on my cheek. I'll look in the mirror and see a REALLY small pimple(not a whiteheaad not blackhead, just a liitle bump with no color). But I just can't help myself and pop it-and any others that I find next to it. So my face will have these scars as if I dug my nails in my face.Or I'll wake up the next day and see them larger than they were. So I'm wondering if Proactive really works because none of the others I've tried make a difference.So anyone who tried it please answer.
I tried Proactiv a few years back. It did work, but I stopped using it. Sometimes my skin felt a bit dry, but most of the time it was fine. I didn't like the idea of having automatic shipments (not sure if they still do that.)

I liked the 3-step package and also had one of their masques (hated that, don't like sulfur products). The moisturizer (Repairing lotion) has benzoyl peroxide, so it will bleach your pillowcases and anything else it touches.


Note: I'm also a skin-picker, too, but i have toned down a bit because touching your face and picking at blemishes puts more bacteria on your skin and causes more blemishes. you're going to have to train yourself not to pick.
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Pro Active works pretty well if you get the red pimples....but if you get alot of clogged pores it wont do so much for that.
i was allergic to it. It has benzoyl peroxide, and that's what made me get an allergic reaction. Benzoyl peroxide dries up pimples. It's in the lotion, too so after a while it will dry your skin out. It would only be good for people with a lot of pimples.
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My pimples aren't red, so I dont know ...
If the pimples go, do they come back again or is it when you stop it they come back?
I mean if you stop using it do the pimples come back
I am using it now. Been on it over 2 months. Works for me. I know some people don't like it but I think its a great product. I just wish it was a tad cheaper. They do the automatic shipments like every other month. I started out with the trial pack. At first my skin was really dry and everytime I put the products on, I felt tingling; but after a week or so my skin became used to it all. My skin cleared up in 2 weeks. I didn't have extreme problematic skin but what I had was annoying. Now their all gone.

If you want to try it -they have a trial pack for like $19.95. But make sure you use a moisturizing sunscreen over it. I use Olay total effects 7x with spf 15. Also the repairing lotion does bleach fabrics. So don't let anything touch your face untill it dries. And wash your hands after you put it on. Good Luck!!
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What kind of skin do you have? I have combination skin that doesn't really break out BUT when I get my 2-3 monthly zits I am also always trying new and creative ways to get rid of them.

I used to work for Proactiv. I tried all their products. The kit is a tad strong for me. I second what Angiecurls said - it's the BP. That stuff is really stron when used on a daily basis rather than in a zit cream like Clearasil.

I actually prefer the Proactiv Mask to the kit. Instead of using it as a mask, I put it on over my few zits and sleep with it on. It kills the zits in about 2 or 3 days - occassionally overnight. Since I could never use the kit for more than a couple of weeks at a time, I didn't see any improvement in the random zits. Yes, I thought that working for Proactiv, I should not even have one zit EVER. It doesn't work that way. Proactiv seems to work on people with more severe acne but NOT cystic acne. If anyone reading this has cystic acne, don't bother even trying it.

If you want to try a BP kit, you can get ACNE FREE at the drugstore for about $20. However, I would recommend a gentler Salicylic Acid Kit. Proactiv makes one that they don't advertise but you can call or go to the kiosk and ask for the Gentle Formula Kit. However, Neutrogena and L'Oreal are also making Sal Acid 3 piece kits and they are under $30 for the kit which is a better deal - no S/H! I HATE S/H!

One last thing... I would actually recommend AT LEAST an SPF 30 lotion for anyone using the BP kit. BP reacts with the sun. I have a HUGE brown splotch on my forehead to prove it. I didn't have that thing on my face before I started working at Proactiv!
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So it seems that there's no solution for me
I have combination skin. I don't have a lot of pimples, but the ones that I get I pop and now I have scars on my face (like little spots darker than my skin).
Then I have large pores.
Then, I have multicolored skin
I don't know if anyone's like that but I noticed that beside my nose and mouth my skin color looks a bit different-kind of darker...

I guess if it were only for my pimples, my skin would look good, because they don't really show...But with all these things...

My goal is to have perfect skin, just as if I applied foundation...Will I ever get that? How will I ever get that?
I would suggest reading the material on acne from Paula Begoun's website.

http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/ar...EFER=SKIN&ID=6

http://www.cosmeticscop.com/learn/ar...ER=SKIN&ID=174

The two really critical things are that you need BOTH a product for killing the germs (benzoyl peroxide is good for this) and a product that exfoliates to prevent material from building up in the pores. For this, either beta-hydroxy acid or alpha-hydroxy acid are over-the-counter choices. For tougher cases, Retin-A or another retinoid can be used. (This saved my skin.) Or Accutane for the really tough cases.

Once the blemishes clear up, the dark areas of the skin gradually lighten, or a lightening agent such as glycolic acid can be used.

Good products are available at the drugstore for lower cost than ProActiv.
i second SuZen's suggestion.

i don't like the buy all 3 at one time thing of proactiv and i really like the salicylic acid (liquid that is applied w/ a spray pump), glycolic acid (gel) and bpo (2.5%) that is offered through paula's choice. it's high quality and you can just buy what you need.

i use a paula's choice OR some other cleanser the salicylic acid and bpo ALL OVER ever day during the day and finish it off w/ olay combo skin moisturizer and spf and my skin is doing really super....

i'd stopped the routine and was eating too much iodine and my skin was a disaster!

note: at night i don't bother w/ the bpo cause it ruins sheets...so at night i wash, use the salicylic acid and/or glycolic acid and olay sensitive skin moisturizer only and my skin is good to go.

hope that helps!
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Sara, if it's not too nosy what race or ethnicity are you? My research - yes, I am obessessed enough to do my preliminary Master's thesis on marketing beauty products to different types of women because we all have different issues.

Asian, Latina and Caribbean women tend to have problems with melasma like the spot I mentioned I have on my forehead. To get rid of something like that (hyperpigmentation or "multi-colored skin") you need to use a lotion with Hydroquinone and/or Retin A. I started a combination of both last night because HQ alone wasn't doing enough.

For the record, I'm a light skinned Latina (part Mexican/part Southern European) or WAS before I took up swimming.


My goal is to have perfect skin, just as if I applied foundation...Will I ever get that? How will I ever get that?
Originally Posted by sarasara
Mine, too.

It's funny! Other people tell me I have beautiful skin but *I* see discolorations, little bumps and the occassional zit. People often tell me how great my skin looks in pictures. It better! I have on SPF, primer, foundation and translucent powder. I also have a thing about not looking like I have foundation or make-up on. Sometimes I manage it!

One last thing about BP (yes, I keep remembering more stuff about it). It BLEACHES clothes and towels. My purple Turbie Twist looks frightening!
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Sara, if it's not too nosy what race or ethnicity are you? My research - yes, I am obessessed enough to do my preliminary Master's thesis on marketing beauty products to different types of women because we all have different issues
I'm from the Middle East. I have light skin.

It's funny! Other people tell me I have beautiful skin but *I* see discolorations, little bumps and the occassional zit. People often tell me how great my skin looks in pictures. It better! I have on SPF, primer, foundation and translucent powder. I also have a thing about not looking like I have foundation or make-up on. Sometimes I manage it!
Ya, I'm like that. Even if I apply foundation or concealer I want it to look as if I have nothing on. "Natural beauty"


Thanks for the advice everyone
I have tried Proactiv but it was too harsh for my skin.
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there's a new daily adult acne kit by loreal. i saw a i sample pack for $5 at walgreens. it looks interesting....there's a salicylic acne wash (1%) and a toner and bpo (2.55%)....maybe you can try that.
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I've been using proactiv for 3 years it is the only stuff I will use. It keeps my skin bump free!! I never had huge red pimples either just bumps that annoyed me. When I met my boyfriend back in November he had horrible acne so I bought him a kin and I swear his skin is so clear now he can be one of the before and after people on the commercials. It really is great stuff
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ProActive is small doses of benzoyl peroxide and salycilic acid. As other posters here have mentioned, these ingredients are very widely and cheaply available, and in higher concentrations, too (even if they're not endorsed by Jessica Simpson!).

Have you seen a dermatologist? A MD can really assess your skin and other health needs, and may recommend prescription medications like topical or oral antibiotics, or pills that target excess oil production (including certain birth control pills). Or, the MD may tell you that you'd get along fine with Neutrogena Acne Cleanser and Zapzyt.

Plus, I'd really try to curb that popping habit! It can cause more pimples, anyway. I think getting an occasional bump is just a part of having hormones, so there's probably no way to permanently eliminate all of them. Sometimes doing things like popping zits or biting nails can be cathartic. Is there another skincare (or haircare, or nail care, etc.) issue that you could take care of, instead? Like filing your nails, or buffing calluses.
Yup, I've seen a dermatologist. More than one even, and the results are always the same as the ones I get using Clean & Clear.

They haven't given me any pills though, they say "I don't need it".
Proactive ate my skin up. I looked like a burn victim. I've had great success using a weak Prescription Retin A and doxycycline.
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Sarasara, it seems like Proactiv isn't for you. The only people that I know who have had great results with it are those who have had horrible acne. I don't break out that often, but when I do it is bad and lasts forever. I started using a modified version of the Perricone diet. I mainly try to drink tons of water, cook w/ olive oil and eat unprocessed foods. This really works for me. I also tend to get dicolorations when I'm stressed or break out. I've been using Flawless Effects by Dr. Jeffrey Dover to even out my skin. It works really well, but it isn't overnight. I also started to read The Skin Type Solution by Leslie Baumann, M.D. and it helped me to figure out what products work for me and which don't. Sorry this is so long, but I hope it is helpful.

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