As a teen, I fortunately had fairly clear skin with the occasional pimple that popped up here and there. So, I was a bit perplexed when I started seeing a small patch of acne on my cheeks about a year and a half ago. I thought once I made it through my teen years I was good, but apparently not I couldn’t see to get rid of it, and I was finally diagnosed with having mild rosacea (which is skin that tends to get red with adult acne).
When I heard about the Proactiv campaign from Mom Central, I started doing research on the product, since I see ads for it everywhere about how well it works. According to a rosacea site I found, it is one of the non-prescription products that may help (although I later found on the Proactiv site that it may or may not work on rosacea-induced acne).
What is Proactiv?
Proactiv’s 3-Step System is designed to attack acne “proactively”—delivering the right combination of medicines and skin-care agents, in the right order and concentrations, to help control the acne cycle before breakouts occur. The active ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide.
Along with the acne-fighting 3-Step System, Proactiv offers Proactiv 365, a program that provides you with customized advice from trained Skincare Advisors 24 hours a day, as well as a private online community, to enhance your Proactiv experience.
As part of rosacea, I have fairly sensitive facial skin, so I quickly found out that I cannot use the Proactiv solution more than once per day, and I found that the Step 1 cleanser was too harsh on my sensitive skin, causing it to burn.
However, I after I started using just Steps 2 and 3 (the toner and repairing treatment), it seemed to work well for me. I didn’t have any breakouts in my patchy area while I was using the Proactiv products, and the products did not cause any problems on my skin. I will likely continue to use both of those products as long as they work.
I thought it was great that Proactiv offers the Proactiv 365, where you can get your questions answered directly from Proactiv, rather than searching the internet for you answers from unknown sources.
Please note: you need to be REALLY carefully about washing your hands when using Proactiv. I managed to get bleach spots on both a hand towel and a regular towel in the process of using the product. They do suggest that you use a white towel, but as usual, I didn’t follow the directions.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Proactiv and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.