Acne Series: Proactive Solutions

February 4, 2009

I have heard from some people that the Proactive products are a miracle for acne, and for a few that does seem to be the case. But, despite the number of celebrity endorsements, usually made by middle of the road claims-to-fame, I have heard quite a few more negative statements about this product then I have heard pros. After my own experience with it in my late teens, I have to say my own review is going to be woefully directed to the negative side.

Now, before I get into how it works either way, we should cover the basics of the Proactive system. Basically, you can buy one of two 3-piece sets, one of two 4-piece sets, or the full 5-piece set. Each one is claimed to be of a value between $75 and $117 US dollars, and all are being sold at a lower cost, with the most expensive advertised on their official website as being $59.95.

These pieces of the set are basically split between cleansers, toners, lotions, moisturizers, oil control tonics, and some other ‘free bonus’ items, such a facial masks, green tea moisturizers, and special instruction kits. Already, it seems a little suspect. As most in the skin care business would tell you, that is an incredible number of chemical products to put on any part of your body, but especially on your face, and it’s especially shocking when you consider the fact that it is commonly aimed at teenagers, who have a much more delicate skin balance then an adult.

Now, onto my own personal experience as a teen, using Proactive. When I first began using the system, I tried the 4-piece system, and I don’t recall if they had the 5-piece at that time. I used it for a month with no results on the acne that I had (which, admittedly, wasn’t actually a huge amount), but it did dry my skin out quite a bit.

After the first month, I started to notice a change to the acne, and it did actually clear my skin up, but keep in mind how long this took, and the fact that I had little to begin with. The problem was, by this time my skin had become incredibly dry, and the tone had actually dulled considerably. I started using it less frequently, but it didn’t help, and so I added another moisturizer to the mix, which only made things worse.

I decided to try it awhile longer, without the added moisturizer, hoping it would eventually stop drying my skin, but no luck. Not only did it do some serious damage, but once I hit three months, the acne came back, and worse then ever. The average complexion I had had before had become twice as acne-ridden, dry, dull, and had an almost yellowish tone, something strange on my usually olive skin.

It took almost six months after I stopped using it for my skin to get back to normal, and I had to stop wearing any kind of foundation for another six months after that. All in all, it did much more damage then it fixed, and I would never use it again.

While I know several people who have used this product with positive results, the majority of my friends who have used it have told me similar horror stories. If I wanted to spend so much money on damaging my skin, I would just buy a collections of random skin care items and throw them on my face willy-nilly. All and all, I would not recommend this product.


7 Responses to “Acne Series: Proactive Solutions”

  1. edwards on February 5th, 2009 11:35 am

    You mentioned using a moisturizer… Moisturizers can cause cancer. The first clear indication came in August 2008, when Rutgers University researchers showed that four commonly used moisturizers promoted skin cancer in mice. The scarier news came in December 2008, when Doctor of Pharmacology Adrienne Olson reported that lab analysis confirmed the presence of powerful estrogens – known to cause cancer – in a half-dozen non-prescription skin moisturizers. None of the products listed estrogen among their ingredients on labels or packaging. Useful links are at

  2. pauline on April 23rd, 2009 10:23 am

    I tried many types of moisturizers (including oil-free type) but my face is somewhat oily, and they make me break out. I kept looking because my forehead and the sides of my face get dry (especially during winter), and I absolutely have to use a moisturizer.
    I was pretty happy when I found the Made from Earth Rosehip & Hibiscus Face Serum and I have continued to use it for at least two years now. It really works, and I love it! I do not break out from using it, plus it is a perfect moisturizer. The best thing about its also is that it is chemical free and organic…plus it firms the skin also!
    I guess it was all the chemicals in skin care products that was making me break out all these years. The sides of my face no longer itch during the winter, and the chemical free with anti-wrinkle formula is ideal for me, because I turned 49 this year! I looked at other moisturizers but have never found one that has both benefits together. You can kind them in Whole Food Stores, or at

  3. ishandeshpande on July 1st, 2009 6:32 am

    is proactive really affective

  4. ishandeshpande on July 1st, 2009 6:34 am


  5. Josly on July 10th, 2009 9:36 am

    There are plenty of acne treatment products available in the markets. These are available in form of creams, lotions and pills. Some of these are well prescribed by doctors too. In fact there are very good products that can give you very beautiful skin.

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