Proactiv: Before and After

If my 17 year-old self had known that my 29 year-old self would still struggle with acne breakouts, she would have been pretty depressed. Cyclic monthly breakouts are something I’ve been living with for about 15 years with no end in sight short of menopause. While acne is thought of as a pubescent ailment, it’s more common in adults that most of us think. I’m certainly not the exception to the rule. Friends my age joke that we’ll be having whiteheads in our wrinkles pretty soon! My breakouts occur during PMS and gravitate toward my forehead leaving the rest of my skin clear. The only successful way I’ve combated acne until trying Proactiv for the past month is by eliminating carbohydrates from my diet completely. Anyone who’s tried to do that knows how impractical it is to maintain that kind of diet long-term, so I’m happy to have found a management solution that isn’t as drastic.

Thanks to the Proactiv 365 support system, Proactiv goes beyond just an acne treatment product. Members enjoy benefits such as:
• Expert Skincare Advisors, on call (via chat or by phone)
• Free online consultations with Drs. Rodan and Fields
• Acne-solution Q&A knowledge base
• Customized just for you (via chat or by phone)
• The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin book
• Community advice and tips
• Success stories to inspire – See and Share Your Own

My Proactiv kit arrived during a bad time of the month for me which worked out perfectly for this review! Here’s my “before” picture. The camera flash makes it look a little worse than it is, but you can see I had a problem! Thank goodness for concealer or it would have been hard to go out in public.

I started using Proactiv the same day the products arrived and used the three step system twice daily as directed. I didn’t experience any dryness or peeling, though some users may need to reduce usage to once per day if this occurs. My kit included:
1.Renewing Cleanser
2.Revitalizing Toner
3.Repairing Treatment
Sulfur Mask – this is supposed to be used 2-3 times per week, but I kept forgetting to apply it and only used it twice in the month-long period.
Green Tea Moisturizer – love this lightweight moisturizer that kept my skin from drying out without making it feel oily.

To be fair and accurate I tried to take this “after” picture in the same lighting conditions with the same camera during the same time during my cycle as the “before” picture. You can see a definite improvement!

My next plan of attack will be to faithfully continue my Proactiv regime while reducing the carbohydrates in my diet. Hopefully between Proactiv and cutting out desserts, I can ban breakouts for good.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Proactiv and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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  1. That is fantastic! I’m glad it is working!

  2. That is a huge difference – I’m so glad you found something that works! My daughter has seen great results with Proactiv too.

  3. I have heard good things about proactiv, Our teen has asked about it and we are planning to give this a try for him. Good Luck on reducing the carbs.. our teen is battling diabetes and it with the classes we took, it is all about the carbs.. too many foods to do without is rough… keep us posted!

  4. Wow that is awesome! CONGRATS! I’ve always heard Proactiv was good. :)

  5. What an amazing difference! I’m happy you found something that works & isn’t super pricy!

  6. Your skin looks dramatically improved! I say keep up with the Proactiv – it’s doing wonders. I used it for awhile in my early 20s and it worked but I stopped to save money. When I tried it again earlier this year my skin did not react quite as well and I had to stop using it. :( I’m still on the search for the miracle products to end up my adult acne.

    • Adult acne is so much more common than I thought. At least we’re not suffering alone! Sorry your skin didn’t like Proactiv. Have you tried Clarisonic? A blogger friend of mine mentioned she uses Proactiv with her Clarisonic to really kick acne’s butt. I may have to try that.

      • I have the Clarisonic as part of my holiday gift guide and am liking what I see so far. While I’m still in the initial purge stage it’s definitely making a difference with my skin.

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