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 Home >> Acne >> Proactiv

:: Jump to: Actual User Feedback | Product Details | The Verdict | Official Product Website




Proactiv, commonly misspelled Proactive, is a  very popular and highly advertised product on TV commercials - allowing them to claim it's "America's #1 selling acne treatment system."

Proactiv uses a powerful 3-step regimen to completely remove and acne pimples. The primary benefits are that Proactiv is alcohol and oil-free, and uses prescription grade ingredients to attack and heal blemishes fast.

Proactiv's chemicals penetrate the skin to clean, refresh and replenish skin. Proactiv is designed to be applied as a daily regimen.

Go to the Official Proactiv Website

:: Actual User Feedback

These are unsolicited, unbiased consumer reviews of this product - found on various forums, blog comments and other social media sites. Actual feedback is only sourced here when the commenter has no incentive or bias.

"I use Proactive all the time and so does my sister. I totally notice a difference. I love it!!! You can actually see the blemishes starting to disappear."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"Proactiv hasn't completely cleared up my skin. I still have occasional breakouts. However, they pale in comparison to what I suffered before trying Proactiv."

Portion of actual user review on EPinions.com



"Proactiv doesn't work on all skin types. I have personally used this product and so has many of my friends. Your skin will improve for about two to four weeks but then because of the ingredients inside of it, your skin will adapt and return to its normal state before you used the product."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"Proactiv works!!! My face was really breaking out and I had tried everything to clear it up. I was amazed at how quickly it cleared up my skin! Within three days there was a noticeable difference in my skin. I love it so much that I started my daughters on it right away. We now have great skin!!! Highly recommended. I think the best key is to use the Cleansing Wash along with the other Proactiv products to get the best results."

Portion of actual user review on EPinions.com


"I have been using Proactiv for about 6 months now and I too saw immediate results, but it took about a month for it all to go away."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"If you try it don't stop using it...until you have completely finished dealing with your acne. because one day you stop the next day your acne returns...you'll definitely see results right away. I recommended Proactiv 100%."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"I would refer any one to this product who has a serious acne problem. I am no longer leery, I am a believer."

Portion of actual user review on EPinions.com



"You will know if its going to work for you in 6 wks.. if you can't tell a difference, then stop using it. It can be really drying."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"Proactiv didn't work out for me because it was too harsh on my skin. Be careful with that stuff it is loaded with Benzoyl peroxide which seriously damages if you use it too much."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"My skin appears smoother, and is definitely softer, since I began using the products. And the best part is that even though I have an occasional breakout, the pimples dry up within 2 days! This never happened before, even when I was on prescription-strength medication. I believe that nothing short of a second round of Accutane will completely obliterate my acne. This product is a heck of an alternative."

Portion of actual user review on EPinions.com



"It does work, well, definitely for me. I've heard other people say it doesn't so my opinion is....it works for some not for all. I do the 3 step daily and my face keeps itself much clearer than before. It doesn't mean I don't break out anymore....it just means that it does control it better plus the zits are much smaller & easier to clear up. Overall, it has help my skin stay clear, almost acne free :)"

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"I used it for a little while and it dried my skin out, but I have sensitive skin. So really it depends on who you are."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"I bought Proactiv about a year ago for my medium-mild acne. The whole process takes like 5 minutes, which is a long time compared to other acne medications."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers



"It works pretty well and it takes about 2 weeks to see clearer skin."

Portion of actual user review on Yahoo Answers


Go to the Official Proactiv Website

:: Verdict









Based on 116 Unbiased Reviews.


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Our Research on Proactiv Suggests:

According to the general online consensus (where research is based on unbiased, non-vested comments & articles), Proactiv is a very effective solution to clear up acne fairly quickly.

Our research showed that Proactiv contains a strong concentration of the acne fighting chemical, Benzoyl peroxide. Some users experienced redness, irritation and sometimes burning sensations from the chemical - especially when too much was used at one time.

Proactiv helped some users with severe acne, but is better suited for mild to slightly-severe cases of acne.


Proactiv does work as stated - Proactiv will work wonders for most users and the occasional user will not notice a huge difference. It is worthwhile considering Proactiv as an option for mild to slightly-severe acne.


Results Seen in: As little as 3 days


Effects: Quite a few users noted that powerful chemicals in Proactiv dried out their skin. So, do be careful not to apply too much at one time.

Suggested Usage:
Based on our research, Proactiv should be used as a daily regimen.

Go to the Official Proactiv Website

:: Product Details


The package contains the Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner , and Repairing Lotion.  

For Skin Sensitivity:  Mild to Slightly-Severe
For Oil Level:  Low to High
For Acne Severity:  Low to Moderately-Severe
Product Size:  Renewing Cleanser – 2 oz.
 Revitalizing Toner – 2 oz.
 Repairing Lotion – 1 oz.
Month's Supply:  1 Bottle (1 oz.)
Available Online:  
Money Back Guarantee:   - 60 Day


Company Info:

Proactiv is a brand name owned by Guthy-Renker. The domain name (Proactiv.com) was registered under this company in 1998.


For more information about this company, you may want to search the BBB.


Ingredients: Step 1: Renewing Cleanser

Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive Ingredients: water (aqua), magnesium aluminum silicate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, disodium dimethicone copolyol sulfosuccinate, sorbitol, dimethyl isosorbide, polyethylene, tridecyl stearate, neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, tridecyl trimellitate, cetyl esters, anthemis nobilis flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, propylene glycol, xanthan gum, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum).

Step 2: Revitalizing Toner

Ingredients: water (aqua), glycolic acid, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, rosa canina fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium PCA, panthenol, glycerin, propylene glycol, allantoin, polysorbate-20, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium hydroxide, benzophenone-4, tetrasodium EDTA, methylparaben, propylparaben, imidazolidinyl urea, fragrance (parfum), blue 1, yellow 5.

Step 3: Repairing Lotion

Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive Ingredients: water (aqua), cyclomethicone, ethoxydiglycol, propylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, panthenol, allantoin, carbomer, ceteareth-20, xanthan gum, triethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum).

Proactiv Refining Mask:
Active ingredient: Sulfur 6%
Inactive ingredients: Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Glycreth-26, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Hydrated Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lemongrass Exrtract, Geranium Extact, Tea Tree Oil, Ethoxydiglycol Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Glycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)
Price:  $19.95 - $59.95
Return Policy:  60 Day Money-Back Guarantee

Go to the Official Proactiv Homepage

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