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Product review: Proactiv 3 step cleansing system

The Proactiv Deep Cleansing Brush

Over the past year, I’ve started noticing more breakouts on levels that I hadn’t experienced since my teenage years. I’ve concluded that it had a lot to do with the amount of sweat I generate during martial arts workouts. Seriously, most days I get out of there with my shirt soaked. I have the opposite of dry skin anyway, so you can imagine how bad things got. I’ve tried masques, toners, and different acne cleansers bought at drugstores, with varying results.

As a last ditch effort, I decided to finally try the Proactiv 3 step system. However, because I’ve seen and heard pretty bad reports about the customer service (especially when you try to cancel), I decided to buy it at a kiosk at my local mall, along with the Deep Cleansing Brush. Total paid: about 90 bucks, and a Masque plus a sample Tea Tree Moisturizer were included.

So, the review:

I can’t recommend this product completely, and here are some reasons why:

  • benzoyle peroxide, and possible sensitivity to its effects. A couple of days into using all three steps, and my face became red and itched horribly. Evidently, I’m very sensitive to it, so it was a major bummer to me that this happened. The concentration is pretty high in the original formula. However, Proactiv does have a different formula that contains salicylic acid instead for those what are allergic or sensitive to use the original. I may stop by the kiosk again to see if they offer this formula at some point.
  • When you use this product, you have to always use a facial moisturizer with sunscreen after use, because the benzoyle peroxide makes the skin on your face that much more sensitive to the sun’s damaging rays and can cause discoloration. That wasn’t too much of an issue per se since I already use a moisturizer with sunscreen on a daily basis, but it’s something I felt I needed to note for those interested in trying this product. Plus, don’t use dark colored towels to dry your face after cleansing, because the benzoyle peroxide can stain them.

However, it wasn’t a total bust. Even though the Renewing Cleanser and Repairing Treatment are pretty harsh on my face in large amounts, I worked out a system that did work well for my skin, and it really centers on the Deep Cleansing Brush. That item is amazing.

My steps:

  1. Cleansing with a product not containing benzoyle peroxide (Clean and Clear face wash for sensitive skin works for me) using the Deep Cleansing Brush. Really and truly though, I don’t see a difference between it and other cleansing brushes you can find at the store, but I do recommend buying a brush like it. When I wash off makeup using the brush, you can see the makeup on the brush itself, and my face feels  amazingly clean after using it.
  2. Proactiv Toner. It doesn’t contain benzoyle peroxide, and is an amazing toner. A little goes a long way.
  3. Believe it or not, I have found that I can still use the Proactiv Repairing Treatment in very small amounts, mostly for any spots that have made an appearance. I put a little on at night, and by morning, the spot has healed or is on its way to healing. Sometimes it’s a little itchy, but definitely not like the first couple of days using all 3 Proactiv steps.

So there you have it; my experience using Proactiv. It wasn’t all good, but wasn’t all bad either. And, my skin has cleared up quite a bit, almost back to normal after three weeks of use.

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