August 18, 2011

Proactiv Solution - finally an acne clearing product that does what it says it will!

Proactiv Solution 3 Piece Kit - $34.99 - promises 3 simple steps to clear skin - the products for those steps are made up of:
Renewing Cleanser - may be used on your face, chest or back once or twice each day 
Revitalizing Toner - use at least once or twice daily after cleansing to hydrate the skin and help keep pores from clogging 
Repairing Lotion - apply to the entire face, chest, back or other acne blemish-prone are - can be used alone or under makeup.
Judging from the commercials you would think this stuff was magic in a bottle - Jessica Simpson goes from a frankly scarey pimply mess to a clear skinned beauty in 30 seconds so what's not to love?!
Since I'm blessed with mostly clear skin I was not the right person to test out the claims - so my husband not being quite so lucky became my Proactiv guinea pig! 

Let's just break the suspense right now - within 30 days his skin was totally clear!
It is recommended that you start using the Proactiv system once per day, or once every other day if your skin is sensitive, for the first 3 to 5 days. And then you advance to twice daily as your skin becomes accustomed to it - being a man, my husband didn't bother reading or following the directions so he started off using it twice a day from the beginning with no ill-effects - obviously I wouldn't necessarily recommend that. 
And again with the whole man thing, I had to drag every feeling and opinion about the product out of him in that painstaking process that men hate called "having a conversation" and here's what I got:
His likes are all related to the way the products feel: the cleanser has an exfoliating action to it but it's not overly harsh; and the toner doesn't sting as many acne fighting ones are prone to do. Of course what he likes the most is that the system works and his skin became clear!

His only complaint is the sizing of the products and that he wishes they made them proportionate to how they are used up - the lotion was emptied first, then the toner but he still has lots of cleanser left - sounds like they need to make the cleanser in the smaller size and make the lotion bigger!

If we needed anymore proof that the system worked, as soon as he ran out and was off it for about a week, his face started breaking out again - if I didn't need him to guinea pig something else, you can be sure he would have been buying more!

There are several easy ways to get it: directly from Proactiv - or from The Shopping Channel - www.theshoppingchannel - they both also offer an auto delivery option if you want to receive regular shipments of it without having to re-order. If you don't want to buy online, I've also noticed Proactiv kiosks at the mall where you can buy it in person.

If you do have problem skin and have tried other products without success I would definitely recommend you give Proactiv a try - having seen the results for myself (if not on myself) I'm impressed!

- Lisamarie -


  1. i've been dealing with blemishes for some time now (when my skin was previously fairly clear) but i'm allergic to benzoyl peroxide :(. i tried this a few years ago and i developed rashes on my face & eyelids.

  2. That's the thing that makes skincare so difficult - what is great for one person can be terrible for someone else - that must be how the industry makes so much money - you have to try 100 different things before you find one that works - then eventually it stops working and you have to start all over again! ;-)

    Best, Lisamarie

  3. I've never tried this brand before, but my brother has but his skin dried out so much and he hated it... But he did like one thing, the blemish mask =p


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