There is nothing like a giant blemish to make you want to rearrange your plans and hide your face. I know it sounds vain, but your skins appearance can really affect your self-confidence. As an adult you expect to leave those acne days behind you, and be a distant memory of your teen years. However, acne can continue well in your adulthood. Yeah, I bet that is not what you wanted to hear.
I’m in my mid-20s, and didn’t really experience acne until now. I was fortunate to have pretty good skin: just the odd blemish or two around the time of the month. In the last year and a half I have dealt with what I consider to be the worst period for my skin, and it has really affected my confidence.
Step 1// Cleanse
The first step is the Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. The texture was much different than I expected as it has micro exfoliating beads to cleanse away excess oil, dirt and fight acne at the same time.
Since these products are meant to be used twice a day, I was really worried this exfoliating cleanser would be too rough on my sensitive skin, however, I never experienced any irritation. According to the Proactiv website, the combination of cleansing and exfoliating helps to clear up existing acne blemishes and prevent new ones from forming…who doesn’t want that?
The second step in this system is the Proactiv Solution Revitalizing Toner with ingredients such as Glycolic Acid (exfoliates), Allantoin (promotes healthy looking skin), and witch hazel (light astringent). This toner is alcohol free, which is so important in ensuring your skin doesn’t dry out.
I have read before that when your skin drys out too much, your body thinks it needs to produce more oil, which in the end can clog your pores further. I used this product along with my Bioderma to make sure all excess dirt was removed. I want to be squeaky clean!
Step 3// Repair
The final step in this system is the Proactiv Solution Repairing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. The product absorbed fast into my skin, which is perfect for me because I wash my skin shortly before going to bed. You don’t want your face to stick to your pillow, right?
I was worried using two products with benzoyl peroxide would dry out my skin, but again I experience no irritation. The main use for this product is to clear existing blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.
When I was growing up, Proactiv was thought to be a treatment for those who had severe acne, and it would dry out your skin severely. After watching Krista Robertson’s video on her Proactiv experience, I realized this system can also be for those who have light acne or persistent blemishes that just won’t go away. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the system did not dry out my skin.
I wouldn’t consider this a magical product that will change your skin in 30 days. I don’t even think that product even exists. What this system did is keep new blemishes from forming, and when you are dealing with any sort of acne “problems” this is really welcomed. I also noticed my skin has more of a glow and general smoothing of the surface (you can see in the side profile pictures, below).
What I have been told by dermatologist is that I have acne marks, which you can see on my cheek. This is something that will just take time and patience to clear up. It can be heard to be patient though.
This is a similar practice that you have to apply to improving the quality your skin.
My plan is to continue to use this system and see how much further it can improve the texture of my skin and prevent new blemishes. Simply put, I am pleasantly surprised with the results of this, and I encourage anyone who is on the fence to try this system.
Also remember that your skin doesn’t define you.
I would love to know if any of my readers have tried Proactiv and what are your thoughts on it?
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