If you've read my Proactiv related posts before you'll know that my skin and I are super keen on it! I got my fresh box of Proactiv products a few weeks ago and wanted to share with you some of the (nerdy) research I've been getting amongst in relation to Proactiv.
I was sent an article a couple of months ago about Proactiv and kind of brushed it off. I skimmed it but never found ten minutes to sit down and have a read of it until the other day. The article is a research document about four different skin care regimes for acne (Paula's Choice Clear Regular Strength System, Proactiv+ 3- Step System, Dermalogica Clear Start Kit and Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System) and what the best one is. Out of the four, Paula's Choice came out on top. Now although it did come out on top, there were notes added to the article following the publishing stating that Paula's would be changing their recipe due to one of the active ingredients- triclosan, no longer being viewed as effective nor safe. As I was using the Proactiv+ kit avidly, I was interested in the research behind it. So I dove into the article and here is what I found.
It goes through a whole lot of nerdy stuff, which although I love it I don’t want to reiterate it back to you in full but the studies and things actually taught me a lot about my skin. The article spoke about simple alcohols and how they are bad for your skin. They destroy the skin’s barrier, called the acid mantle, which is what keeps your skin’s pH in its happy place (and your skin blemish-free). Something I use to use a lot were alcohol based products that really dried out my skin. As soon as I started using them I could tell that my skin was getting dried out. I just thought they were good for my skin because the oils were diminishing and pimples seemed like they were occurring less (although this did change after using particular products for a month or so. It would seem fine for a little while but then my skin would fight it and then, pimples here we are again!
Proactiv offer a number of kits, but this is the one to get — the combo of benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid will provide a solid one-two punch and Proactiv+ is the one to get thanks to better ingredients and a lack of unnecessary steps. It is designed for mild to moderate acne. The two active ingredients it includes are salicylic acid, which works on comedones — whiteheads, blackheads, and other non-red bumps and benzoyl peroxide, which attacts big red pimples, the massive suckers. What they do is basically tear up bacteria and throw them off of your face. “All of Proactiv’s regimens are heavy on the benzoyl peroxide, and the Proactiv+ three-step kit is no different: a 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide wash, a 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide gel, and a 0.5 percent salicylic acid moisturiser.” 1
I tried so many different products throughout my school age life and even when using them for a month or so, found that none of them really worked with my skin. I was always curious about Proactiv by never had a chance to get it. When I finally started earning the big bucks I branched out and spent $68 on a full kit and I really do not regret it at all.
When you buy it online, it comes in a cardboard box all sealed up and ready to go. When you open it up you are smashed in the face with the smell of proactiv, it is really quite strong. I can always tell when there is a new package of it at home because on walking into the house all you can smell is proactiv. Inside the box, there are a couple of little pamphlets explaining the products and their precautions (eg. patch testing). Now the fun part; the products. The box I order comes with 1x Skin Smoothing Exfoliator (the cleanser), 3x Pore Targeting Solution (a skin serum), 3x Complexion Perfecting Hydrator (the moisturiser), 2x Clear Blemish Relief (spot treatment for nasty pimples) and 2x Cleansing Body Bar (body wash bar).
As you can tell, the kit is massive and is enough to last me for about 3 months if not a little longer (I still have products that I bought in the first kit that I haven’t used yet. There definitely are some products that I don’t use as much as others though. I originally did use the three step system in the order that they recommend; cleanser, pore solution then moisturiser. But I have definitely adjusted it to suit my skin now. I use the body bar on my face instead of the cleanser and follow it with the pore solution and moisturiser. At the moment, I am not at home a lot so I am only using the body bar, I generally will skip out on the solution and moisturiser completely unless I am at home. It seems to be working just as well for me as well.
The only negative thing about Proactiv that I’ve found is that if you miss washing your face even just once, you get the BIGGEST BREAK OUT EVER!! I missed one day using my Proactiv and BAM, I now am back to having my full face of pimples. So I am back to no make up, washing my face three times a day :(
If you wanted to give the article a read and find some things out for yourself jump on over to the reviews website (http://www.reviews.com/acne-treatment/) and have a read or if you want to just dive straight into the Proactiv+ system head on over to Proactiv and have a look around.