What is Proactiv&Reg;?

Erin Oxendine

Proactive® is an acne fighting skin care program developed by dermatologists Katie Rodan, M.D. and Kathy Fields, M.D. The products are marketed as being "prescription strength" in order to fight stubborn acne, which is a skin condition caused by factors such as genetics and hormones. People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds can use Proactive® since it is designed for a variety of skin types.

Proactive® is an anti-acne skin care regimen.
Proactive® is an anti-acne skin care regimen.

The way that Proactive® works is by proactively treating the skin so that the skin will not get inflamed, slowing down the amount of acne breakouts. The products are supposed to reduce the amount of bacteria in the skin along with the oils that clog pores. Many people find that Proactive® is versatile since it can be used on the back, shoulders and chest as well as the face.

Stubborn acne breakouts might be reduced with Proactive.
Stubborn acne breakouts might be reduced with Proactive.

These products come in a three-step program to treat, repair and rejuvenate irritated skin. There are several packages to select from based on the skin type. Some people have dry skin, while others may have oily or combination skin. Basic starter packages come with an exfoliating cleanser made with benzoyl peroxide, alcohol-free toner to remove oil and lotion to repair the pores. The product line also contains an oil control cream and daily moisturizers that include sunscreen.

People have to carefully follow the instructions to get the most benefit out of Proactive® acne treatment system. Instructions are simple to follow and consist of using the products once in the morning and then again at night. First, the renewing cleanser is applied to the face or other area requiring treatment, and then rinsed with warm water. Next, the second step is to use the revitalizing toner and allow it to air dry on the skin. Finally, the person has to use the repairing pore treatment and let it dry as well on the skin.

Like any other skin care product, it is best to try a small amount of Proactive® on the skin to make sure the user does not develop any type of skin irritation. Some people may be allergic to benzoyl peroxide and could break out in tiny red bumps when first using it. Signs of an allergic reaction include skin redness, bumps and mild dry skin.

The creators of Proactive® have included testimonials from satisfied customers on their Internet website. The company also has celebrities who have endorsed the product and indicated they are happy with the results. Since everyone’s skin is unique, not every person, is going to have great results with Proactive®.It is also important to note that there is not a cure for acne and it could take a while to see the acne controlled with medication.

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