Proactive is one of the most popular acne treatments today. It is endorsed by numerous celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and so much more. But can the glitz and glamour that is associated with proactive translate to a beautiful skin? Let us have a look?
The product was first developed in 1988 and since then Proactiv has become one of the top selling acne treatments. It topped many acne review sites and is still one of the strongest brand in the acne treatment niche. The Proactive System comes with three basic products. These are the Proactiv Renewing Cleanser, the Proactive Revitalizing Toner and the Proactiv Repairing Lotion. The manufacturers of this product are very serious when it comes to acne so the produce other products that deals with scalp acne, back acne and body acne. They also formulated a kit for moderate to severe cases of acne. In this review, we will focus on the basic kit.
The proactive basic treatment starts with a renewing cleanser. The renewing cleanser contains micronized benzoyl peroxide and polyethylene bead particles that works together to get rid of dead skin cells and at the same time kill the acne causing bacteria. The micronized benzoyl peroxide particles are designed in a way that these particles can actually go into your pores for a more effective treatment.
The next step is the proactive revitalizing toner. The toner contains glycolic acid and other natural chemicals to soothe your skin and eliminate hardened oil from your pores. It revitalizes your skin and basically slough off dead skin cells allowing for new, fresh cells to take its place.
Finally, the third and last step is the proactive repairing lotion. The repairing lotion contains 2.5% micronized benzoyl peroxide to help you prevent acne and at the same time kill the acne causing bacteria from your pores.
Generally, you only need to use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide in treating acne. Anything more than that can cause skin irritations and flare ups. This is the reason why a lot of proactive users report negative results after using the treatment. The key in using proactiv is knowing what your skin needs. If you feel that proactiv makes your skin dry, try to reduce the amount of treatment that you use. It is also important that you slowly introduce the treatment to your skin so that you will have a slow transition rather than applying the treatment regularly right off the bat.