proactivThe majority of clients who use Proactiv claim that within six to eight weeks, their acne is healed and any scars that they may have previously had are virtually disappearing. This statement stacks up tall to generic acne treatments and drugstore finds which claim they also heal acne within a short span of time. Proactiv has been gaining popularity for the past few years with the help of celebrities who have been vouching for the company by acting as the face of Proactiv for advertising purposes. We have all heard of some of the pros of Proactiv: acne clearing within a few weeks, the ability to heal acne scars, the vast amount of products available and it is easy! However despite the raves and quality reviews, some have scrutinized Proactiv for using harsh ingredients, being overpriced and causing adverse side effects.

If we break down the ingredients in Proactiv the only active one we find is 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. For those of you who may not be familiar, this ingredient is a harsh bleach. Although not as strong as your typical household bleach, Benzoyl Peroxide is still strong enough to eat away the color on clothing, towels, hair and of course your skin. This is why the main side effect of Proactiv is a burning sensation for some, and dry skin for others.

On top of that, when looking at other generic and much less expensive products in the drugstore, you will find that Benzoyl Peroxide is found in practically every single acne product. The only difference is Proactiv uses a higher dosage…so why pay twice or even sometimes three times as much? Proactiv and it’s users claim that blemishes and acne cleared after several weeks using the product, however the small print says when using the three step system which includes a facial wash, lotion and toner. Cost wise, you are looking at least $50.00 a month for a very simple ingredient that can be found in any drugstore.

Proactiv states that the reason some experience a burning sensation is because they need to build a tolerance to the Benzoyl Peroxide. They suggest to back off of using it every day, which contradicts the suggestion of using it twice a day. Some users even states that once they stopped using it their acne returned even worse than it was before. Even the lotion has Benzoyl Peroxide in it which as stated above is proven to dry out skin, not moisturize. Luckily if your skin is not too sensitive this product may work for you, but sensitive skin holders beware.

Proactiv does acknowledge these issues and has a question and answer forum on their website to address various problems that clients have. In the end it comes down to knowing what type of skin you have and testing different products. Some people have advised trying Proactiv for only a month, but if it takes several weeks the test would not be sufficient. If you have sensitive skin try opting for a product that has a lower percentage of Benzoyl Peroxide however if your skin tends to get oily, Proactiv may be the solution you have been looking for.

This article was written by Clarence Cunningham, a freelancer who writes on health, natural medicine, skin care, wellness, nutritional science and other engaging topics; those concerned with the quality and health of their skin should look for microdermabrasion equipment as a useful tool.

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