Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
Proactiv 3-Step Acne Treatment System (60 Day)
|All prices include VAT.|
- Clears acne and helps prevent future breakouts
- Formulated with proven acne fighting medicine and benzoyl peroxide
- Contains proven acne-fighting ingredients
- Dermatologist Tested
- Non-Comedogenic (won't clog pores)
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 28.58 x 19.05 x 5.72 cm; 784.71 Grams
- Date First Available : 27 May 2018
- Manufacturer : Guthy Renker
- ASIN : B00SH46VR2
- Item model number : Proactiv
- Customer reviews:
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Have a question?
Find answers in product info, Q&As, reviews
Your question may be answered by sellers, manufacturers or customers who purchased this item, who are all part of the Amazon community.
Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question.
Please enter a question.
Proactiv's 3-step system aids in the prevention and treatment of acne with anti-acne ingredients that have demonstrated effectiveness against acne. In both the Repairing Lotion and Renewing Cleanser, a powerful anti-acne ingredient, benzoyl peroxide, is effective in the prevention and destruction of bacteria in acne. The Revitalizing Toner contains glycolic acid that works to softly remove unnecessary oil while it softens the skin. The Refining Mask contains sulfur, which is a powerful tool against acne as it aids in removing contaminants while visually diminishing unsightly pores. Included in your kit is the Green Tea Moisturizer which is not oily or heavy while delivering optimum skin moisture. Products are NEW!!!Still in shrink wrap! Fabulous value!
No customer reviews
|5 star 100% (100%)||100%|
|4 star 0% (0%)||0%|
|3 star 0% (0%)||0%|
|2 star 0% (0%)||0%|
|1 star 0% (0%)||0%|
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I'm not going to strictly say, "didn't work! don't buy!" because for some people, it does really work. and with things like diet, age, skin type (sometimes related to ethnicity), usage of other supplements/medications/makeup, type of acne, routine, etc., it's really hard to pinpoint the cause and effect of a single factor. I find helpful reviews to be very detailed, so I hope you can compare my symptoms and experience to yours effectively. To make things easier to compare, I'll list the things that I do to prevent acne and the things that I don't do. Mind you, I don't do many things to prevent acne other than cleansing/moisturizing...
My background: female, 26 years old, Asian, have had adult acne for about a year now. It's on both sides of my face from my cheekbones down to my chin. They're mostly small bumps that occasionally form a whitehead, with some sporadic deep-rooted pimples that get red/darker in color without forming a whitehead and stick around for a while. My skin is prone to scarring where a pimple leaves a long-lasting dark area.
Things I could improve doing to prevent acne:
- diet: I eat quite unhealthy (good amount of sweets, fried foods, and alcohol/cigarettes, heh...)
- exercise: I don't exercise much
- water: I drink slightly less than the recommended daily water intake
- touching/popping pimples: I try my best to refrain from touching my face but still can't help popping whiteheads and blackheads out when it gets realllllly bad
- other irritants: I wear my long hair down almost everyday, and I wear makeup about 2-3 days a week
Things I currently do to prevent acne:
- cleanse: I make sure to wash my hands and keep my nails short, and follow the directions and wash my face (at least) twice a day
- tone: I use a fresh cotton pad to wipe my face with toner after cleansing
- moisturize: I use another cotton pad to apply moisturizer, as to prevent any germs and dirt I might have missed being rubbed onto my skin
- other supplements: about once a week, I apply a clay mask. I use a AHA and BHA gel everyday.
- irritants: I remove makeup as soon as possible, I keep my hair out of my face when I'm at home (which is the majority of my time), I keep my hands/fingers clean, and I touch my face less than I used to.
- I did not ease into using the product; I jumped right into using it and did not experience any surprise breakouts
- I did not experience any dryness or redness. the repairing lotion is enough to moisturize my skin, except a small area at the corner of my mouth.
- I felt that I noticed my small, non-whitehead bumps were a little bit smaller within the first 1-2 weeks, but now they've come back...
- I still get the periodic deep and painful pimple every 1-2 weeks or so (maybe 1 or 2 on each cheek), which is an improvement, but I was expecting it to be less frequent than that.
- Scars are still there and may even be accumulating, meaning that the rate of pimple-production is much faster than rate of pimple-prevention/healing
- sun protection: I use an SPF product everyday
So yeah, it's been 30 days, which might not be enough time to really see true results, but I haven't seen much improvement. If anything, it's kept my acne at bay, and for a price that's over $30, I'm willing to try a different product that may be faster-acting, longer-lasting (30 days is not that much to give real results, whether good or bad), and maybe even a little harsher in treatment. If your habits are similar to mine but you haven't tried all your resources, I would suggest trying another product. Unfortunately I can't recommend anything, but I've usually never been steered too far from amazon's suggestions/best sellers. The only reason I tried Proactiv was because a friend highly suggested it to me, saying that he once had acne in his early 20s that was similar to mine, and it was cured after a month of using it. I guess he just got lucky that he found what worked for him... Also, it's slightly embarrassing, but take pictures and record your results. I don't vividly remember what my skin looked like 30 days ago, and I realize now that a before and after would be very useful, even if there wasn't much change.
I still have some of the proactiv cleanser and moisturizer, so I'll continue to use that (along with a different brand of toner) and perhaps things will change. I'll update my review in a few weeks.
UPDATE: It's now April and I unfortunately still haven't found an effective regime for my skin. I still stand by my rating and review of Proactiv but I would also like to add some information that I've learned in the past few months that may help you find what you need. There will be some scientific terms I'm going to discuss but I'll try my best to explain and connect it to skin care/acne treatment.
First point - pH
Naturally, your skin is relatively acidic, which sounds awful but is actually completely normal and harmless. To describe it in terms of pH, which is a scale from 0-14 to measure the acidity or basicity/alkalinity of something - the lower the value, the more acidic it is [think lemon juice], and the higher the value, the more basic it is [think laundry detergent]. Your face is typically at a 4 or 5. Water, which is neutral, is a 7. As with many other biological functions in your body, your skin will function and be healthiest at its ideal natural range. Unfortunately, many face washes are basic (pH +8) and said information is often left out of product descriptions. I honestly don't know the pH of Proactiv, but if you're on the market for effective acne treatment, search for a cleanser that has a lower pH than higher.
Second point - hydrophobic and hydrophilic products
Many people, myself included, attribute their acne to having oily skin, thus cleanse as thoroughly and often as possible to reduce oil. Adding any sort of oil would sound like the worst idea possible, but it's actually quite the contrary. First, over-cleansing can cause even more production of oil as your skin tries to compensate for the oil that was just washed away. Second, many pore-clogging products like sunscreen and makeup are more effectively removed from your skin with oil-based products than makeup wipes and cleansers (even if you wash your face 3x over). Here is a brief chemistry lesson: polarity describes how symmetrically or unsymmetrically charged a compound or molecule's electrical distribution is. Something that is polar has an uneven distribution throughout it, and something that is non polar does not. Water is non polar, whereas oils are polar. How easily something dissolves or evenly mixes together depends on matching polarities - polar molecules/compounds will dissolve with other polar molecules/compounds and vice versa. For example: a bottle of vinegar and oil salad dressing - when left undisturbed, separate into two different layers. That kind of separation wouldn't occur if you mixed a glass of milk and a glass of orange juice (a very horrifying example, sorry). That's because milk and OJ are of similar polar properties. Because we're here to find solutions for our wretched faces, we can describe polarity related to water. Molecules/compounds that are non polar like water can be called hydrophilic, meaning they'll be attracted and mix well with one another. The opposite is hydrophobic, which will repel and want to stay far away from water, like oil. So to effectively yet gently clean your face of oils accumulated from throughout the day or makeup, which are hydrophobic materials, you'll want to use a hydrophobic/oil-based substance. There are products called "cleansing balms" or "cleansing oils" that are specific for this job. However, you don't want to have all your face cleaning products to be like this - just the one for removing things like sunscreen and makeup.
Third point - hydration/moisturizing with toners and creams/gels/etc.
Oil-lacking and dried skin can be more susceptible to being reactive and unhappy. Even when it's not visibly cracked or flaked, your skin can be dehydrated. Personally I don't like the feeling of having anything on my face, even makeup - so thinking about using a hydrating toner and/or even more moisturizer was unappealing at first. I looked into various blogs and websites for recommended toners/moisturizers/gels/creams/serums for acne-prone skin before I picked a couple to try out. It adds another couple of steps to your routine and despite how it felt as I was going about through my day, my skin became less rigid and angry. However, due to how moisturizers will be left on your skin for the majority of the day or night, it's really important to make sure you look into the ingredients to avoid potential reactions.
It's all trial and error though, to be honest. But I hope this gives you a better idea on what to look for in regards for treatment. Like I said before though, every person is different. You might not even have that much acne, or maybe you have a different type than me. I would highly suggest looking into Asian cosmetics, many of which are sold on Amazon. A great part is that many popular products are still very affordable - $10 or so for a bottle that's three times the size as these proactiv ones. Don't be discouraged if you try something and it doesn't seem to work and continue doing your research and eventually you'll find it.
No for delicates skin, a lot of chemicals, pretty harmful.. choose something natural, essential oils, is the only thing that worked for me, this is expensive product and don't even work.. So commercial...
Don't waste your money, go to Keeva or other organic/ natural brands.