You’ve probably seen a Proactiv commercial more than once. Heavy with celebrity endorsements the commercials also feature “real people” and their before and after photos. Certainly the results from using Proactiv, as shown on the commercials, look amazing. So if you have acne should you try Proactiv?
Proactiv isn’t so much an anti-acne treatment system but a phenomenal marketing success. Developed by two dermatologists, Proactiv was the first company to package and sell its anti-acne products together thus creating the anti-acne “system” craze. Now every company, drugstore, department store, and speciality skincare company, sells their anti-acne products in a kit or system in order to compete with Proactiv and its runaway success.
The basic three step product system from Proactiv contains two active anti-acne ingredients: benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid. The cleanser has 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and so does the third step in the system – the repairing treatment. The second step is the revitalizing toner which contains glycolic acid, though it isn’t specified in what percentage. These are the basic Proactiv products but there are numerous more products that you can buy as well. Among the other products there are creams with salicylic acid, a mask with sulfur, and a skin lightening lotion with 2% hydroquinone. Now all these products contain ingredients that are great for fighting acne, but really there is nothing special about Proactiv. Furthermore, people with more sensitive skin will most likely get irritated from using the recommended number of products (or steps) from Proactiv.
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