Proactiv

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    Jan 08, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    Hey guys, has anyone ever used proactiv? I just have a couple questions.
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
    Yes, i used Proactiv for about 7 months. My skin got worse and worse.

    It made my skin dry, itchy, and my acne went from mild to cystic. EVERYONE (friends, family, co-workers, classmates) pointed out that my skin was getting worse. The only reason i stayed with it for so long is because I was told it takes a while to actually start seeing changes. . .

    So, Obviously it didn't work for me, but i know several people that have tried Proactiv and have had GREAT results.

    It definitely isn't for everyone and all skin types like they say.

    Now ( about a year later after starting Proactiv ) my skin is finally clear, weird, huh?
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    Jan 08, 2013 7:50 PM GMT
    Slim2010 saidYes, i used Proactiv for about 7 months. My skin got worse and worse.

    It made my skin dry, itchy, and my acne went from mild to cystic. EVERYONE (friends, family, co-workers, classmates) pointed out that my skin was getting worse. The only reason i stayed with it for so long is because I was told it takes a while to actually start seeing changes. . .

    So, Obviously it didn't work for me, but i know several people that have tried Proactiv and have had GREAT results.

    It definitely isn't for everyone and all skin types like they say.

    Now ( about a year later after starting Proactiv ) my skin is finally clear, weird, huh?


    That was my experience. I started using it and the condition of my skin just went downhill from where it already was. Eventually my skin just cleared naturally with time.
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    Jan 08, 2013 9:21 PM GMT
    Hmm ok thanks guys. I mean I just used it this morning and actually my skin feels great. Though it is just the first day. I have had so many problems with my skin and nothing seems to work. I tried it before but I thought it would get really costly, so I stopped and went back to this stuff that I liked before that did, eh somewhat ok, until I started really breaking out again. So finally I just said screw it and now I am gonna be doing proactiv now.

    But my question was (if you guys still use it) about the "next shipment" shit. I their website is absolutely horrible honestly (in my opinion). I clicked on the "next shipment" once and it said something like 1/28/13 which was ok, and then I clicked it again (I went back to it later) and it said sometime in April. now that's a drastic change. How long does it take for you guys to go through the material, or how many weeks should I ask to get another shipment?

    Does this make sense?

    Ty
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    Jan 08, 2013 9:27 PM GMT
    Hey man, I tried everything in the book, the best thing that works for everyone is the Regimen

    you can buy it at danielkern.com

    I live off this stuff!!
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    ouswimclimb saidHey guys, has anyone ever used proactiv? I just have a couple questions.


    i dont like proactiv. if you are suffering from acne use epiduo (Rx) and AHA+ from DanielKern
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    I would say, save yourself trouble and get Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser

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    I have tried so many acne products and nothing work but this. Please do yourself a favor and get a sample. Whats your skin type?
  • Montague

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    Jan 09, 2013 1:25 AM GMT
    Save your money and get Cetaphil and pour a little apple cider vinegar into it. My break outs have been tamed for months so far.
  • jsman65

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    Jan 09, 2013 1:26 AM GMT
    I suggest OXY it dried out my skin for a little while but after words it cleared up my skin for a long time its the one thing that has worked the best for me
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    Benzoyl Peroxide. Different levels of strength so work your way up as it can irritate your skin (in about a week you will build more of a tolerance). Only thing that has ever worked for me.
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    Try a retinoid class medication (adapalene, tretinoin, etc.) from the doctor (they're prescription only) and a benzoyl peroxide wash over the counter.
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    I prefer the La Roche Posay line. I just use the benzoyl peroxide treatment. There are a lot of positive reviews for it. I tried the Proactiv benzoyl peroxide lotion my sister had and woke up feeling greasy. With the La Roche Posay, my skin feels soft when I wake up and it isn't overly drying.

    Keeping your face clean is key though. And I found that avoiding certain foods (sugary stuff mostly) and eating others kept my skin in better shape.
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    Jan 09, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Simply man go to your doctor. They will often prescribed antibiotics that could help significantly.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 09, 2013 2:08 AM GMT
    I used it in High School, it didn't work for me.
  • Doodles

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    Jan 09, 2013 9:09 AM GMT
    I had a similar bad experience with Proactiv. My acne did not get any better (and I had severe acne all throughout high school) and made my skin severely dry.

    I found out the hard way that I had sensitive skin, but still continued using it for a few more months simply because I thought it was going to work over a longer period of time. Again, with no such luck.

    So I tried switching things around and started to use Cetephil (gentle type) and to use a non-fragrant moisturizer after. This worked for me much better and did not leave my skin severely dry or flaky. However, I do think everyone has a different skin type, so using Proactiv may work for you. If you have sensitive skin though, I would probably stay away clear from it icon_razz.gif.
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    Jan 09, 2013 9:41 AM GMT
    I used it for a few months when I was in my 20's and it cleared my face right away, but once I stopped using it the acne came back with a vengeance
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    Jan 09, 2013 10:17 AM GMT
    I used it once and I had a really bad reaction.
    My skin became so dry so fast, it left deep lines on my neck and forehead.
    I stopped using it and use this facewash called Phisohex which is an antibacterial face wash and this thing called Benzac which is an antibacterial face lotion.
    I just have to make sure to use this QV lotion for dry skin but doesn't clog pores so I don't get breakouts.

    LOL the perks of having an older sister.
  • kevmoran

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    Jan 09, 2013 9:00 PM GMT
    It is NOT for every skin type. It works best for very oily skin, which is common in people with acne, but not all acne-prone skin is oily. If you have moderate or dry skin it will make matters worse. Even if you have the right skin type though, I don't suggest it. For severe acne, try an antibiotic and topical cream with dapsone or adapalene in it, or for mild acne switch to a CeraVe/Cetaphil wash and moisturizer, with a sulphur or salicylic acid topical. And don't forget toner and moisturizer, it'll make the biggest difference to your skin if you have acne.

    Needless to say, I've had experience with acne lol.
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    Jan 10, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    oh crap thanks guys for responding i did NOT expect any responses so thank you very much for all of these suggestions.
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    Jan 10, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    It works to throw your pH off. That's okay every now and then but not suggested for continual use.
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:44 PM GMT
    I recently saw a dermatologist for acne. I'm 52. They prescribed a medicine but insurance wouldn't cover it because I was over 50. It seems people over 50 use it more for wrinkles. It cost over $100 a tube. I didn't pay for it. She also suggested using Cetaphil daily wash and facial moisturizer. I also use a small amount of baking soda once a week while taking a shower. It's a nice gentle scrub for your face.

    The other thing that helps me is to hit the tanning bed once or twice a week during the winter. I had a breakout of eczema and it cleared it up within one week. Amazing.
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    Jan 10, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    My skin worsened as well. It probably has to do with the amount of products you have to use everyday. If you wash, scrub, use toner and such twice a day, your natural body 'ecosystem' gets ruined. That's why so many people get a bad skin from it. So if you have serious acne, it might work. If not, i wouldn't recommend it either.
  • Evan_mister

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    Jan 13, 2013 6:51 AM GMT
    Skin is subjective...no one should say that because a product worked for them, you should try it too. Different results for different people so search for products that would be friendly to your skin. Its hard though.
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    Jan 13, 2013 7:17 AM GMT
    Proactiv messed up my face and made it worse as well. I used it for far too long and paid for it. My skin is finally recovering 1 YEAR after stopping.

    I found an awesome line of cleansers and moisturizers called Paula's Choice. They have saved my skin. Paula Begoun has created all of her products to be at the right pH, have NO skin irritants, and are non-comedigenic. They are packed with antioxidants, skin soothing, skin-identical and skin-repairing ingredients. She has done massive amounts of research on all ingredients and only puts those with value, purpose and don't harm skin into her products.

    I discovered her products thru this guy on youtube:



    Here's her websites where you can buy her cleansers and moisturizers etc:
    http://www.paulaschoice.com/

    On her website she also has a massive section where she reviews and rates how good or how much damage, name brand products and products found on the market today are for your skin and whether its worth the cost.

    I really like her cuz she is not trying to push her products only. She honestly rates many products highly, and recommends them on her reviews.

    Hope this helps!
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    Jan 13, 2013 7:43 AM GMT
    Yeah, I wouldn't recommend Proactiv, it's nothing special. The main active ingredients in it are Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid, which are the most common ingredients in skincare products you can find at a drugstore. Acne is basically caused by oily skin, and these chemicals work by making it less oily and more dry. The problem is that these chemicals can dry your skin out too much, and cause more irritation and breakouts. Also...Proactiv assumes that all skin is the same...it's not.

    The main idea behind good skincare is finding the right balance between dry and oily skin...which can be difficult, esp since the quality and characteristics of your skin changes with the weather, seasons, physical/daily activity, etc. But it basically boils down to using a cleanser that cleans your skin without drying, and a moisturizer that isn't too oily or too dry. I think you just have to be 'in tune' with the needs of your skin. Figure out what type of skin you have and what kind of products you need to accommodate your skin.

    I don't like to push products, because everybody's skin type is different and so what works for one person might not work for another. I heard Cetaphil works great and I know it is often recommended by dermatologists since it works and is gentle/won't have negative effects.