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Proactiv Solution Anti-Acne System Review
My personal opinion of the Proactiv Solution system as part of a daily anti-acne regiment.

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I ordered the Proactiv Solution late one night during my freshmen year of college. I had seen the infomercial a few times before I took the plunge and called their 1-800 number.

My acne had been getting much worse since it first sprang up on my face during high school. I was still hesitant to go see a dermatologist and thought that Proactiv might finally work for me when all the other over the counter products didn't.

At the time, their system was about $60 for their 3 step skin care regiment. Since then I see that the price has dropped a bit to $39.95.

When I placed my order, I also signed up for the "Proactiv Clear Skin Club", which meant that they would send me a box with more of the 3 products every 2 months or about 60 days.


The three products that came with my first shipment of the Proactiv Solution were the Renewing Cleanser (2.5% benzoyl peroxide), the Revitalizing Toner (glycolic acid & witch hazel), and the Repairing Lotion (2.5% benzoyl peroxide).

I had high hopes for the Proactiv Solution "combination therapy system" because up until then I had just been using a variety of other over the counter anti-acne products without much of a consistent routine.

I eagerly read all of the information that came in the box and all of the instructions on the bottles. I was anxious to get started because it was summer time and my acne was progressing from moderate into the "severe" category.

In the morning and at night, I'd wash my face with the Renewing Cleanser which only has 2.5 % benzoyl peroxide to not cause too much irritation. Then I'd use the Revitalizing Toner which has glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin cells and witch hazel to help minimize the size of my pores. The final part of the system was to use the Repairing Lotion, again with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, both in the morning and at night to keep the pimple causing P. Acnes bacteria on my face from thriving.

I did see some small improvements in my skin after a few weeks of using Proactiv but it quickly became obvious that I was going to need professional help from a dermatologist.

I realized that attacking my acne from the outside was just causing me to endure lots of skin irritation and only very short term improvements. I needed something to fight the causes of acne from the inside out. This realization led me on the path of taking oral antibiotics for a few years and then finally graduating to the last resort: Accutane (a.k.a. Isotretinoin).

I'm sure that Proactiv Solution works well for a lot of other people who have mild or moderate acne, but it wasn't making much of an improvement with my "severe" acne.

I think you could probably save a lot of money by just buying similar products to make your own "system". All you would need is any face wash with benzoyl peroxide, a cream with benzoyl peroxide and some witch hazel or other type of skin toner. If you experience a lot of irritation from benzoyl peroxide, you could substitute the face wash with one that has salicylic acid instead of the BP.

My theory as to why the Proactiv Solution is so expensive is that they spend a lot of money on marketing. Just a few of the high profile celebrities that you'll see in their infomercials include the rapper Puff Daddy, Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Elle Macphearson, Vanessa Williams, Serena Williams, Ryan Sheckler, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lil' Wayne, Daddy Yankee, Kevin Kasper, Melissa Claire Egan, Carlos Boozer, and Soulja Boy.

I'm sure those celebs didn't appear in the commercials out of the goodness of their hearts.

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