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Has anyone tried Proactive???

sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
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.

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  • An AkashaAn Akasha Posts: 175Registered Users
    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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  • briccagrlbriccagrl Posts: 540Registered Users
    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.
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  • one way streetone way street Posts: 772Registered Users
    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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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    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?
  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    I mean if you stop using it do the pimples come back
  • SmallFrySmallFry Posts: 614Registered Users
    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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  • Confused CurlyConfused Curly Posts: 229Registered Users
    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! :evil:
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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    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? :?: :cry: How will I ever get that?
  • SuZenSuZen Posts: 1,595Registered Users
    I would suggest reading the material on acne from Paula Begoun's website.

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    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.
  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    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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  • Confused CurlyConfused Curly Posts: 229Registered Users
    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. :shock:

    sarasara wrote:
    My goal is to have perfect skin, just as if I applied foundation...Will I ever get that? :?: :cry: How will I ever get that?

    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. :roll: 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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  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    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" :wink:


    Thanks for the advice everyone
  • DashnWinkDashnWink Posts: 34Registered Users
    I have tried Proactiv but it was too harsh for my skin.
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  • luvmylocsluvmylocs Posts: 7,578Registered Users
    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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  • BeachBlondeWavieBeachBlondeWavie Posts: 159Registered Users
    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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  • EilonwyEilonwy Posts: 12,389Registered Users
    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.
  • sarasarasarasara Posts: 1,561Registered Users
    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".
  • woundtightwoundtight Posts: 39Registered Users
    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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  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,132Registered Users
    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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  • mafaldamafalda Posts: 510Registered Users
    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. :shock:

    Sorry. I missed something. Swimming did what to your skin? I'm curious 'cause I'm gonna take up swimming soon.

    With me, I don't really get pimples, but I do really get very clogged pores, blackheads, oily skin. (It started when I hit my mid 20's)I went to the acne.org website and he claims that BP is the best. I'm gonna try to incorporate BP into my skin regimen.

    I've always meant to go to the Paula's Choice website, but there is so much info, I wind up getting confused.
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  • KeeweeKeewee Posts: 1,376Registered Users
    love it
  • BeachBlondeWavieBeachBlondeWavie Posts: 159Registered Users
    i use proactiv and i have the same type of pimples u do where they arent red but more like tiny bumps under the skin that piss me off....ive been using proactiv for almost 2 years now and it makes the biggest difference in my skin however it is drying and i find in winter i use another face lotion on top of the 3 step (im using c.o. bigelow face lotion now for all skin types since the weather is changing)

    i reccommend trying it, i got my boyfriend on it and his skin was really bad before, i swear he can be one of the people in the commercials with the super red break out skin to practically perfectly clear


    good luck!
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    I know this is a very old thread, but I wanted to add my 2 cents. I don't have bad skin at all. I rarely get an actual red bump breakout - probably a couple once a month. My skin is fairly clear, but usually uneven in texture, and I have really large, clogged pores on my nose and my chin.

    I LOVED Proactiv for this. I think that, although I still got my usual once a month pimple, it completely cleared out my pores. My skin was much more even textured, and fresher/cleaner looking. I've been thinking about going back on it. It can be a little harsh and drying, so you could start maybe using it a couple times a week, and go from there to see what works best for you.

    They now let you change the 3 step package you want shipped to you. For instance, I don't like the toner at all, but I love the cleanser and the repairing lotion - and the repairing lotion lasts forever for me, so if I ordered again, I'd probably order 2 bottles of the cleanser, and one of the lotion.

    You will need to use a moisturizer over it. The repairing lotion is not a moisturizer.
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