Proactiv

Proactiv Review

proactivProactiv has purportedly solved the acne problems of Jessica Simpson, Katie Perry,  Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough, but can it help you?

Our synopsis: Proactiv is an above average acne product that relies too heavily on benzoyl peroxide. Let’s take a closer look at Proactiv.

Ingredients in Proactiv

The ingredient profile in Proactiv is nothing new but it can help reduce acne. The main ingredient is benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is harsh on the skin but clinical studies have shown that it has a moderate effect on reducing acne (for better results without the side effects, try Tea Tree Oil).

Renewing Cleanser

  • benzoyl peroxide 2.5%
  • water
  • 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)

Revitalizing Toner

  • water
  • 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)

Repairing Treatment

  • benzoyl peroxide 2.5%
  • water
  • 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)

Is Proactiv safe?

As mentioned earlier, Proactiv contains benzoyl peroxide which is associated with a bevy of side effects including:

  • redness
  • dryness
  • irritation
  • sensitivity to the sun
  • swelling of the skin

How much is Proactiv?

The basic 3 step program for Proactiv can be purchased off of the Proactiv website for $19.99. This is a pretty solid deal for an above average acne kit.

Proactiv also offers a deluxe package and a package for teens.  The deluxe package includes an oil-free moisturizer and Daily Oil Control for $29.99. Whether these two products are worth the extra $10 a month is debatable. The package for teens includes a Deep Cleansing Wash and an Advanced Blemish Treatment. It also is $29.99 per month.

A downside to Proactiv is that with every purchase you are enrolled in their auto-ship program. Their auto-ship program charges your credit card $19.99-29.99 per month plus shipping.

Shipping for Proactiv

There are two shipping options for Proactiv:

  • Standard Shipping-will arrive in 7-10 days-$5.99
  • Overnight Delivery-$12.99

Is there a money back guarantee?

According to the Proactiv website:

“If, for any reason, Proactiv fails to meet your expectations, simply return the bottles (even if empty) within 60 days of receipt for a prompt, courteous refund of your purchase price (less s/h).”

Solid money back guarantee. We like money back guarantees. They show that a company believes in their product and if a product stinks, we want our money back.

The Bottom Line on Proactiv

As far as benzoyl-peroxide acne products are concerned, Proactiv is near the top. It is isn’t our first or second choice for acne products, but it can help the average person.

If you have taken Proactiv in the past, tell us about your experience in the comment section.

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