Proactive Solution

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    Oct 03, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    Proactive worked for my acne many years ago, but it is so expensive. I wonder if its only the benzoyl peroxide that is working in there or something else? if it just works cuz it has benzoyl peroxide i can get that shit cheap at the drug store.
  • D972

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    Oct 03, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    Not sure, But I've used Tea Tree oil (diluted) and that seems to work fine for me. I have oily skin and I havent had acne for a while but broke out recently after taking ZMA.

    http://www.acne.org/tea-tree-oil-reviews/99/page1.html

    Check it the reviews and maybe it will work for you.
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    Oct 03, 2008 2:04 AM GMT
    I had the same problem and i used proactive for a while and it worked great
    but then i ran out. icon_eek.gif

    So i went to wal-mart and got a wash with benzoyl in it and a scrub with salicylic acid and ive seen the same results.

    The only thing i suggest is not to get the nuclear potent 10% benzoyl ones.
    Fine if you have really bad skin problems but to strong for daily use, well at least for me.
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    Oct 03, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    d972 - tea tree is ok but hasn't really done it for me.

    i have been using mint essential oils and rubbing alcohol which seems to be helping but not completely eliminating it.

    brisk - would you recommend a 2.5% of 5% benzoyl dioxide?
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    Oct 03, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    oh yeah, anything under 10%.

    What it did was dry out my skin and then
    i would have to get rid of the dead skin cells
    with the scrub.

    Also if you happen to have oily skin a Aveeno
    bar of soap made of oatmeal really helps on
    keeping it off for most of the day.
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    Oct 03, 2008 8:03 AM GMT
    I don't know if you can get it in America, but in Australia, Benzac AC has the benzoyl peroxide in it. It's heaps cheaper than Proactive. It comes in 5% and 10%, but when I did some reading about it a few years ago, there's no evidence to suggest that the 10% solution works better than the 5% solution. I hope you can find something that works for you. Benzac was great for my BF.
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    Oct 03, 2008 2:56 PM GMT
    I think comparatively speaking, Proactive isn't that expensive if it works for you. Personally it killed my skin. But $40 for face wash, lotion, and toner for 60 days. I don't think that is a bad deal at all. I've always believed that you have to pay for the good shit.

    On the other hand I am a big fan of accutane. 6 month course and you're done, FOREVER!
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    Oct 03, 2008 2:59 PM GMT
    My friend buys a generic Pro-Active and Costco. She says it works great.
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    Oct 03, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    There's a 'generic' version called AcneFree and it's WAY cheaper and you can find it a Walgreen's and stuff...... According to family & friends it works GREAT!!!!
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    Oct 03, 2008 3:16 PM GMT
    Acutane works wonders. There are studies that say it can interact with certain medications to cause major depression so, be warned, you may end up killing yourself but, hey, you're skin will look FABULOUS! icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 03, 2008 10:52 PM GMT
    I think it depends on your skin type. I have sensitive skin and proactiv's to abraisive for it so I use a normal cleanser, I shave daily with a formula for sensitive skin, and use a gentle moisturizer as the weather gets cooler. Benzoyl peroxide irritates my skin, and makes my breakouts even worse.
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    Oct 03, 2008 11:08 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidAcutane works wonders. There are studies that say it can interact with certain medications to cause major depression so, be warned, you may end up killing yourself but, hey, you're skin will look FABULOUS! icon_lol.gif


    As a teen I was on Acutane and man talk about sucking you dry of EVERY thing you possible have!! My eye sockets, lips, nasal cavities EVERYTHING got SO dry and GOD forbid if Salt Water hit my face, I'd FLARE up SO red!! But look at me now, not a BLEMISH anywhere!! DAMN beauty hurts like a MUTHA!!!!!
  • HereNBoston

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    Oct 04, 2008 4:36 AM GMT
    my skin did not like proactiv in the slightest. I switched to kiehl's and have loved it since. I have combination skin thats acne prone and the wash is really gentle but my skin feels really clean and stuff after.

    it probably costs about the same as proactiv maybe a little more, but its concentrated stuff that lasts awhile, and the results were immensely better.
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    Oct 04, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    mint essential oils have been working well for me but i also got a 10% benzoyl today cuz i wanna clear up the rest and dont feel like waiting. natural solutions are good but take longer. im ready for clean and fresh skin NOW.
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    Oct 04, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    hippie4lyfe saidmint essential oils have been working well for me but i also got a 10% benzoyl today cuz i wanna clear up the rest and dont feel like waiting. natural solutions are good but take longer. im ready for clean and fresh skin NOW.


    stronger isnt always better. you might end up just burning your skin.
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    Oct 04, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    danielryan saidI think comparatively speaking, Proactive isn't that expensive if it works for you. Personally it killed my skin. But $40 for face wash, lotion, and toner for 60 days. I don't think that is a bad deal at all. I've always believed that you have to pay for the good shit.

    On the other hand I am a big fan of accutane. 6 month course and you're done, FOREVER!


    Having personally taken accutane, as have both of my sibling, it is not six months and you are done. I was on for 5 months, and then three years later I was on for another 5 months, my older brother took it for 8 months, and my younger brother was on low doses for i think like a year. The stuff works well, but it is not a complete miracle, we all still get pimples and break outs, just not the big cysts
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    Oct 04, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    hippie4lyfe saidmint essential oils have been working well for me but i also got a 10% benzoyl today cuz i wanna clear up the rest and dont feel like waiting. natural solutions are good but take longer. im ready for clean and fresh skin NOW.


    Hey, how did that work out?

    is it just me or does anyone feel like they got
    a face lift after using a very strong wash?
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    Oct 04, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    its working well it burns like a bitch when i put it on also cedarwood essential oil. but burn baby burn cuz i know it means its killing those evil acne bitches.

    it works very well but when u take the natural approach it takes more time, and so im combining it with benzoyl to speed it up a bit.
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    Oct 06, 2008 1:42 PM GMT
    Have you checked to see if you have any dietary triggers for acne, like wheat?
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    Oct 07, 2008 2:26 PM GMT
    paradox - i sure hope it's not wheat, i eat this shit like there is no tomorrow.

    i don't think its dietary, i am on a temporary medication that im weaning off of that has a side effect of acne, so it makes sense.
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    Oct 12, 2008 6:24 AM GMT
    Acutane for the win. lol, i had it in european doses though, so thats a whole different ballgame... but there is a product called Acne Clear (or something like that) that comes in packs that look like proactiv, just orange and white... same regimen essentially, just the generics, much cheaper...