So I have been using the Proactiv system since the 22nd of September. Honestly, I almost gave up on this thing. I was seriously breaking out like acne was going out of style. I decided to try proactiv as the type of acne I was experiencing was very stubborn. I started having the acne issues in August of this year. I have no idea what brought them on.
I broke out alot on the sides of my face.
Initially, I did not see the acne go away AT ALL!!. But I kept using the system faithfully hoping for the best. In the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was brighter (the cleanser has exfoliating beads in it), due to the daily exfoliating by the cleanser. For six weeks after starting the system,. I broke out like a mad woman..lol. No it was not funny at all. I had a field of huge pimples on my face. The system is supposed to help prevent breakouts not treat them. According to the Doctors that created this system,
"The acne cycle starts invisibly, below the skin's surface, weeks before a blemish breaks out. That's why Proactiv is designed to attack acne "proactively"—delivering the right combination of medicines and skin-care agents, in the right order and concentrations, to help control the acne cycle before breakouts occur. If you have acne, Proactiv is the key to a clear complexion."
My face cleared up a lot and it is more even toned
The system does not clear up existent pimples and acne but kills the bactria that cause them to form in the first place. So what I did was I bought their Refining Mask and Emergency Spot Treatment. They were very helpful in reducing the blemishes. But what really started to dry out the pimples miraculously is their Deep Cleansing Wash, which is designed for the body but can also be used on the face. I use the cleanser in the morning and the deep cleansing wash at night. Using both daily, in combination with the refining mask and spot treatment has really helped clear up my acne.
Of course I still have occasional breakouts especially during that time of the month, but I manage them by using the mask three times a week and washing my face with the deep cleansing wash.
My overall verdict: Pimples and acne are not curable but can be manged with the right skincare products. If you want to try proactiv, do not hesitate. but be ready to exercise a lot of patience and work hard on consistently washing, toning and moisturizing your face daily. You have to use the aggressive approach to get rid of the acne otherwise, you will not see your desired results.
In addition to the treatment, I stopped eating yogurt as I noticed that I broke out every time I ate yogurt. I also exercise regularly and drink as much water as I can withstand (I hate drinking water).