Intelligent anti-aging skin care based on independent research     
Lose wrinkles, keep your bank account!     
Like Smart Skin Care on Facebook
Skin Care 101
Skin Care Basics
Skin Protection
Skin Biology
Biology of Aging
Ingredient Guide
Skin & Nutrition
Skin Conditions
Anti-Aging Treatments
Topical Actives
Wrinkle Fillers
Skin Care Smarts
Smart Choices
Best Practices
Quick Tips
Product Reviews
Reviews By Brand
How-To Infopacks
Skin Rejuvenation
DIY Skin Care
Skin & Nutrition
Eye Skin Care
Community & Misc
You are here: Reviews > Product Reviews >

Skin Care Review: Proactiv

by Sally, WA USA

Adverse Effects

High quality ingredients

Too many steps, extremely harsh

I never had skin problems until I reached my early 20s. I would even often sleep with makeup on and had no problems whatsoever. I now have acne along my jawline and have tried many products with no real success. My friend had good results with Proactiv, but never had acne, just minor breakouts. She still breaks out occasionally.

I tried Proactiv because of this and it was terrible for me. It dried out my skin to the point it would start peeling. I would have to scrub my face right when I got home from work because the skin would be peeling and looking horrible. I really saw no improvement whatsoever as a result of using Proactiv.

I tried it for about 2 months, having to cut down to using it just once a day because of how much it dried out my skin. I would often skip the second step of the astringent because it was too drying. I would also have to add another moisturizer because my skin got so dry.

My skin is its worst now. It is very irritated and itchy. I stopped using Proactive about a month ago. I will occasionally use the lotion in hopes it will work, but nothing really does.

I truly believe my problem is hormone-related so I am seeing a dermatologist in a week. I am hoping to get on accutane or something that will work with my hormones and not dry out my skin.

I must say, though, that the Proactiv did soften my skin up a bit in my non-problem areas. But I feel my skin is no better at all because of Proactiv.

I think it works for some, but not me. Gotta try it to find out.

Price (paid by reviewer)

Where to find it
Guthy-Renker site


Indexes of Product Reviews
by Function / Purpose
by Formula / Procedure
by Brand / Manufacturer
Most Recent

Submit a review and receive a free Infopack

If you had positive or negative experience with any skin care product, treatment or procedure, please share it with our readers. As a thank you, you will receive a free copy of one of our How-To Infopacks, which provide unbiased, practical, science-based guidance to optimizing your skin care. To submit a review, click here

Back to Product Reviews
Back to Reviews

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Ask a Question

Copyright © 1999-2017 by Dr. G. Todorov /
Site Disclaimer | Copyright Certification

-- advertisements --