You’ve probably seen the TV commercials, just like me. Proactiv has been around for years, now, and testimonials from faces we all recognize make it clear that the results can be pretty amazing. While my issues have never been severe, it seems like flareups always manage to happen at the most inconvenient times and products I used, before menopause, are not as effective as they once were. So, when I received a chance to try the new formula Proactiv, I was anxious to see if it could solve my dilemma.
Proactiv has always used high quality prescription grade Benzoyl Peroxide to give the knockout punch to bacteria that causes acne. In the new formula, the particle size of this pharmaceutical quality ingredient has been made even smaller, into BPO Micro-Crystals. The result is that Proactiv is more gentle for skin, fast to penetrate pores and just as effective at keeping skin clear.
The three-step system is easy to use. Once in the morning and once at night is all that’s needed to achieve a clearer complexion. I like that rather than working to treat acne after the fact, Proactiv is designed to get your skin into healthy shape and keep it that way, stopping breakouts before they start. The excess oils and skin cells that can clog any of the thousands of pores on the face are washed away instead of being deposited to grow bacteria and pores are penetrated on a regular basis with the best bacteria defense possible – the powerful benzoyl peroxide micro crystals. So, rather than trying to clear an unexpected flare up, skin is just kept in a state of good health, so flare ups can be more easily avoided.
Another appealing feature, new to Proactiv, is their 365 Program. It’s a 365/24/7 care and support system for Proactiv users. That means any time of the day or night, any day of the year, doctor-trained skin care advisors are available to answer questions and help with your use of the system by toll-free phone, email or online chat. You can even have an online consultation with Drs. Rodan and/or Fields, the Proactiv creators. With the multitude of products available from Proactiv, a system and regimen that is perfect for your specific skin and needs can be developed through these consultations with experts and they can walk you through any concerns you may have as you learn the routine. I used the 365 system to ask a few questions online. The response I had from Jennifer, the consultant who answered my online request, was immediate. I hit the orange button to do an online consult and the chat box opened instantly — no waiting. I had several questions about the best products for my skin-type and minimal, but annoying breakout problems. I also had questions about using the program on peri-menopausal skin. Jennifer didn’t miss a beat. She had obviously been well trained and provided me with all the information I needed.
I’ve liked using the Proactiv system. I’ve only been at it for about two weeks, so I wouldn’t say I’m where I want to be, yet, but what I DO like is that I can tell my skin is fresher. I think more of the old skin cells are being sloughed away than with my previous products. I’ve definitely not experienced a major breakout since starting the system and the problem areas I already had are beginning to clear. I also like that it is not drying or harsh on my skin. I haven’t experienced any uncomfortable dryness, redness or itching that I know from experience, can be part of using other name brand products. I wasn’t sure that Proactiv would be an appropriate choice for my menopausal skin and the changes that go along with this stage of life. I’m happy to report that it HAS been effective for me and I look forward to continuing the system.
Visit their website to learn more about Proactiv and see which products might work best for your skincare needs.
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.