If you have acne today, you MUST have heard of Proactiv Solution, and it’s number four on our current list of acne treatments. It’s recognized around the world, so how does the famous acne fighter compare to other brands?
You can find out with this official review of Proactiv Solution.
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What Is Proactiv Solution?
Proactiv Solution is a complete system for acne management. It’s in the same category as Neutrogena Skin ID, and it uses three steps. They are:
Rather than using a simple cleanser to clear away dirt and dead skin, Proactiv made its mark by using an antibacterial as the first part of their formula. This is commonly done today since antibacterial ingredients help remove the bacteria that causes acne.
The second step is a toner that helps in removing dirt and excess oil, and it clears away the rest of the cleanser from your skin. This allows your pores to be open for the final step.
Using most of step 1 and 2 ingredients will dry your skin out and cause it to become inflamed. Using a moisturizer will help in repairing your dry skin, so it doesn’t develop blocked pores, which are also a main cause of acne.
As you may already be aware, Proactiv has been used for a while now. It was the top treatment for acne for many of its early years and was the first product of its type that the public could buy.
Here are a few reasons why it’s been such a hit:
What We Like
“Hot” may not be the word we’re looking for here, but there are positive aspects of Proactiv that we want to mention:
1. It’s Inexpensive
$30 a month is a relatively low price for acne treatment with a good record.
2. It Mostly Does its Job
If you have only mild or moderate acne, Proactiv should probably offer you positive results. It was not designed to fight severe acne, though. If you have occasional outbreaks, Proactiv may well keep your acne reasonably well under control.
3. It has Limited Side Effects
Since the Proactiv solution isn’t overly powerful, you shouldn’t have significant issues with irritation or redness. It’s usually safe to use for people who have sensitive skin.
Just like any treatment form, Proactiv has disadvantages, too.
What We Don’t Like!
Here are a few simple reasons why Proactiv Solution has fallen aside a bit when compared to today’s acne technology:
- It’s Not Effective for Everyone
In a way that is similar to Clear Skin Max, you’ll find that Proactiv is a one type fits all treatment. It doesn’t allow for different levels of severity of acne or different types of skin. What you see in Proactiv is all you will get, and it indeed won’t be sufficient for everyone who will use it.
- Some People See Side Effects
It’s relatively common for people using Proactiv to see a breakout as soon as they begin treatment. But some Proactiv users complain about consistent breakouts that are worse than those they already had. That is because the product is not explicitly made for any skin or any acne severity.
- It Doesn’t Have Enough Power
You’ll discover this problem as soon as you apply the product. A robust product will show apparent cleansing of pores, but Proactiv doesn’t cleanse your pores deeply enough to get rid of blockages. This doesn’t allow it to work the healing process it includes in its final step.
Here’s our rating for Proactiv Solution.
What’s Our Conclusion?
Proactiv is not a new product, and it had plenty of satisfied customers at one time. But they have not taken the time or initiative to update their formula, and it can’t compete against products like Neutrogena Skin ID and Exposed Skin Care. There are parts to the Proactiv formula that just aren’t powerful enough, and it only helps with mild acne. That means that to us, it’s incomplete.
Having said that, we did give Proactiv Solution a score of 4 stars. It has some happy customers, through the years.