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FaeReverie
03-11-2007, 05:16 PM
Ok not a weight loss thing, but still... :D

I keep seeing the commercials, and I'm a cynic when it comes to ANYTHING advertised to work that well. So out of curiosity, has anyone here used it? Any comments?

~Fae


SD Gal
03-11-2007, 05:35 PM
Ok not a weight loss thing, but still... :D

I keep seeing the commercials, and I'm a cynic when it comes to ANYTHING advertised to work that well. So out of curiosity, has anyone here used it? Any comments?

~Fae

I use it. I love it. It works for me!! The lotion makes my face feel so wonderful!!

rockinrobin
03-11-2007, 06:45 PM
My daughter used it for quite a few months a couple of years ago and did not see any significant difference in her skin whatsoever. She also didn't like the fact that there were so many steps involved. I have since taken her to a dermatologist and he prescribed a quick and easy one step product that has been working very, very well for her.


AmberD
03-11-2007, 06:49 PM
I've always had skin problems so I've tried most everything.

Proactive worked really well for me. My only complaint was I seemed to run out of the toner before anything else. So I was always opening the next months supply of that before it was time. But since there was significant over lap of when the stuff arrived and when I actually needed to staty using it, it wasn't that big a deal

Genesis
03-11-2007, 09:48 PM
It works great - try it. They have a money back guarantee so what do you have to lose?

Cathie
03-11-2007, 10:42 PM
I was 20 when I tried it and it never worked. I used it exactly as it said. The only things I've seen a positive change with is Neutrogena's Rapid Clear face wash, lotion, and pads. However...Murad is intriguing me.

CheeseBurger&Thighs
03-11-2007, 10:44 PM
It does work however they did a report on the news that said that its an overpriced version of what you can find at the drugstore.

SD Gal
03-13-2007, 03:43 PM
I was 20 when I tried it and it never worked. I used it exactly as it said. The only things I've seen a positive change with is Neutrogena's Rapid Clear face wash, lotion, and pads. However...Murad is intriguing me.

My girlfriend uses Murad with exceptional results. She tried Proactiv as well without result but I like it and don't mind the steps. I have a system every night so its not that big a deal to add an extra :)

Ready2ShedLBS
03-14-2007, 02:46 AM
I used proactiv when I was younger and had a bit of an acne problem and it works beautifully.. however the cheaper drugstore version did not. I recommend at least trying proactiv. It does make your skin beautiful if it works for you .. that is. Also.. when I used it.. it didnt make things worse before it got better.. it cleared it up quickly and didnt cause more break outs. Also.. may I recommend for the skin.. the makeup Bare Minerals.. makes the skin beautiful, its expensive but lasts forever.. well worth it :)

SD Gal
03-14-2007, 01:01 PM
I used proactiv when I was younger and had a bit of an acne problem and it works beautifully.. however the cheaper drugstore version did not. I recommend at least trying proactiv. It does make your skin beautiful if it works for you .. that is. Also.. when I used it.. it didnt make things worse before it got better.. it cleared it up quickly and didnt cause more break outs. Also.. may I recommend for the skin.. the makeup Bare Minerals.. makes the skin beautiful, its expensive but lasts forever.. well worth it :)

Oddly enough, I got a compliment on my skin yesterday since I've been using the Proactiv and it made me feel like a million bucks! It actually caught me off guard. My honey tells me how he thinks I'm beautiful but its different coming from a complete stranger. :) I use Physicians Formula for my make up. I actually began with BE but the PF gives you more and its about half the cost. I love it.

NemesisClaws
03-14-2007, 11:00 PM
I've been using Proactiv for a while now, and it's working great for me. One tip though....you'll get the basic 4 package, but for myself, I added one more relating to oil issues, didn't use the refining mask that came with the package, and it's been working out great for me.

Another tip if you don't want to do the monthly subscription thing is to go to your local mall and find a stand there that sells Proactiv. My supply usually lasts way longer than a month for me, so this is the best option for myself. Be aware though that it's a bit on the pricey side. :p

2BAbeachbabe
03-15-2007, 09:43 AM
I tried it last year. It really dried out my skin so I returned it. I have since gone to the dermatologist and got a prescription for retin A micro and that is working great.

Rockie86
03-18-2007, 03:38 PM
I've been using it for about 4 months now... I have noticed my skin is a little clearer, but not really significantly enough for me to continue spending the outrageous amount it costs. I'm probably going to stop using it soon if I don't see more significant results. All the medication is is benzoyl peroxide, which you can buy at any drugstore for a lot cheaper. I was thinking about trying murad - does it work?

Luckybustert
03-18-2007, 04:02 PM
Ok not a weight loss thing, but still... :D

I keep seeing the commercials, and I'm a cynic when it comes to ANYTHING advertised to work that well. So out of curiosity, has anyone here used it? Any comments?

~Fae


No one ever told me that you can get acne again in your mid-40s with all the hormonal changes that start taking place ~~ what an unpleasant surprise that was!! Anyway, I bought Proactiv and I love it. It cleared up the acne, and I've gotten a lot of compliments on my skin since I started using it.

silvergirl21701
03-24-2007, 12:13 PM
My sister swears by proactiv so I decided to borrow it and see if it works on my skin. I don't really have many blemishes besides the occasional pms ones but I get dry skin during the winter months and decided if its gentle it should work well. Well was I wrong. It made my face break out and it was those painful pimples. I was so mad that something so commercialized made my skin worse. I haven't had acne that bad since I was in middle school. I normally use clean and clear and follow up with a moisturizer. That works just fine and I will continue to use that product.

looking4better
03-27-2007, 11:55 AM
I used it too and it worked for me... but the nutragena products seem to work just as well and are a lot cheaper

aphil
03-27-2007, 06:43 PM
It does work however they did a report on the news that said that its an overpriced version of what you can find at the drugstore.

My sister swears by proactiv so I decided to borrow it and see if it works on my skin. I don't really have many blemishes besides the occasional pms ones but I get dry skin during the winter months and decided if its gentle it should work well. Well was I wrong. It made my face break out and it was those painful pimples. I was so mad that something so commercialized made my skin worse. I haven't had acne that bad since I was in middle school. I normally use clean and clear and follow up with a moisturizer. That works just fine and I will continue to use that product.

I have been a Proactiv user for almost a decade, and it changed my life!!! I had severe acne, and couldn't (wouldn't) go to the mailbox without heavy foundation and powder on. I went through a container of foundation and concealer a month. I didnt' swim, because my makeup would come off. I tried Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Oxy, you name it. I went to the dermatologist, and tried prescription medications-NOTHING worked. The over the counter dried and burned my skin-as did the prescription medications.

Proactiv was the only thing that worked. I tried the "drugstore" knockoffs of Proactiv-and they are absolutely not the same-even though they are marketed as "just like Proactiv" they dried my skin, too.

As far as Proactiv making your skin worse-if you read the manuals that come with Proactiv, it says that in the first week or two you may experience MORE acne-as in, it gets worse before it gets better. This is because of the way that it is formulated. The 3 steps all do different things, because they go after the different reasons that people get acne.

My face when I first started using it, broke out for a few days-basically it was like my skin was being "purged" of everything that was still under the surface all at once. After the first few days-there was a dramatic improvement. I now only wear foundation/base when I am performing. My skin is about perfect! Well worth the $20 a month I spend on it...because I was spending that in base/foundation to cover up my face, and on skincare that didn't work.

khep
05-12-2007, 02:58 PM
I didn't use the whole regime, just the cleanser normally, but I LOVED IT. I would love to be able to afford it again. It's the only thing that has ever really cleared me up.

staciec878
05-12-2007, 03:31 PM
It took a while, but my skin has never looked this good. I didnt however like the fact they charged my credit card without my permission though, but they send me alot of free stuff because of it.

LindseyLouWho
05-14-2007, 03:37 AM
I know that when I was younger, when I started using ProActiv my skin cleared up a lot, and my acne was pretty darn bad.. and I made it worse by picking at it (OCD thing, I pick at any scabs, blemishes, etc.). However, at around the same time, I started using BC pills which can cause your skin to clear up as well. So I really don't know what caused my skin to clear up. Now, however, I find that my skin responds best to a very gentle cleanser, like Aveeno (I use the skin brightening daily scrub), that's not even made for "skin clearing" or acne.. basically no medication in it. I don't know if my acne went away or if the less harsh products are better for me, so I guess I'm not a lot of help. I know that when I used the harsh products with high amounts of benzoyl peroxide (like Oxy pads), that my skin was way worse... dry, irritated, and just as pimpley.

The information I can offer is that if you don't want to use all of the steps of the ProActiv system because you find that one doesn't work for you, you don't have to. I used only the cleanser and toner because the lotion made my skin too dry and itchy, and I was always running out of toner before everything else. My mom called them and asked if she could switch the lotion for another bottle of toner on the auto delivery we had, and they did it, no problem. Also, I only used it once a day when I would take a shower, so my mother and brother also use the same stuff because we had created a huge backlog of unused cleanser because it took me way longer than a month to finish it off. So if a couple of people in your family have acne, it might be possible to share a subscription, depending on how much you use and how often.

Okay, I'm going to stop rambling now. :)

-Lindsey

Diana the Hun
06-06-2007, 02:16 AM
I've suffered from cystic acne (with some blackheads) for about 10 years, and I've taken Roaccutane (which, funnily enough, is Accutane in the States :) ) which worked beautifully. Years after that, the acne started to return so last December I ordered Pro Activ. I didn't even finish the first set!! My skin burned like crazy after using it, then it started peeling off, which I could've lived with had the acne actually cleared! Instead, I got larger, more infected cysts in places I never got them before (like my cheeks and forehead). To this day my pores are more congested than before, with comedones and blackheads where before there were none.

By the way, I've used Revlon Colorstay foundation for more than a decade now, and strangers tell me I have beautiful skin. I stil have cysts, but they're very well hidden ;) So if you're feeling self conscious it may be worth trying. I also love mineral powder. Awesome coverage with no talc or filler!

MoragMunch
07-01-2007, 03:37 AM
There is another line of skincare products called Dermalogica. Wow. That stuff is amazing. It's very pricey, I am a very frugal woman, but I received one of their products as a gift. I have since bought many more LOL.

Another good product, from the drugstore, is a cleanser called SpectroJel. It doesn't have any sodium in it, which can irritate the skin. I use it all the time.

jules1216
07-01-2007, 08:11 AM
My DD's best friend has used it forever and swears by it, but my niece of the same age says it did nothing for her.

Jmeezay
07-05-2007, 09:13 PM
I just started using Loreal's Intensive Adult Acne Peel about a month ago and the results have been great. I went through most of my acne problems VERY young (we're talking 8 or 9) but I recently had a few flare ups that were getting on my last nerve. You use this system about 2-3 times per week and it has definitely worked for me. They also have a daily system for those with more chronic symptoms. It feels very spa-like and since its available at drug stores, its easy to find. I also like that it has helped my acne scars to heal/disappear much more quickly as well. My skin is very particular and I think its the best.

Just another suggestions for those wanting to give something else a try!

RisskyBusiness
07-06-2007, 02:28 AM
This is kind of related.

Have many people tried Accutane? I'm hoping to get my hands on it by September. Any input?

Diana the Hun
07-10-2007, 06:47 AM
Hi RisskyBusiness,

I went on Accutane (it's called Roaccutane here in Australia) several years ago and had fantastic results. The side effects include severe dryness and peeling of the face, but I didn't have that problem, aside from very chapped lips, nothing that a bit of Blistex couldn't help! Even my dermatologist said my results were remarkable. My skin cleared right up and calmed right down. Several years on though, my acne has flared up quite a bit. I'm looking at going back to the dermatologist. I wonder if he'll let me go back on the medication...

aphil
07-10-2007, 07:43 AM
Diana-I am sorry this is off topic, but I am CRACKING UP at your avatar!!!

:rofl: :rofl:

"I said the 12 pack, not the 24 pack! You're just going to have to mix and match!"

:rofl:

Okay...I'm done! :)

Diana the Hun
07-11-2007, 07:25 AM
Thanks aphil! I had a really hard time finding something, but Napoleon Dynamite makes me so happy! Also, I have a tendency to imagine I'm floating in the ocean, and I'm surrounded by tiny seahorses... :D

TurboLeda
07-11-2007, 07:45 AM
I used Proactiv for one year with wonderful results---but suddenly one day it STOPPED working and my skin literally blew up with pimples! it was devastating! however, it's been 3 years and i randomly began using the Cleanser again (I found it in a cupboard) and it works again!!!

TinaG
07-11-2007, 08:03 AM
It does work well, I've had quite a few customers on it. But it is not for everyone. If you have dry skin you will find it too drying & if you have any form of rosacea you should stay away from it.
If you really want to find something geared to your skin type exactly I always tell people to read "The Skin Type Solution" by Leslie Baumann

iluvshopping107
07-17-2007, 03:52 AM
My boyfriend has the Proactiv set and he never really had bad acne, just some here and there and his face is completely cleared up. It's great stuff!

schluh
10-11-2007, 10:44 PM
I have used Proactiv for over 5 years now (non stop) and don't know how I lived without it. It is not for everyone - It uses Benzoyl Peroxide and Glycolic acid which are more antibacterial. Murad (which my husband uses) is more salycilic acid which is more for exfoliating and some antibacterial characteristics.

They say each box lasts a month but it takes me much longer to go through it. The only thing I use a lot of is the clenser (and that is mainly due to the fact my husband will get lazy and use it instead of getting more of his Murad). You can always get the shipments spaced out further or stopped at any time to catch up or try other things. The people at the 1800 number ar so nice and keep up with what you have tried and will suggest things to you and send you a product for free to try. I am trying the night cream with retinol now. I am lucky enough to have pimples and wrinkles.

Try it...It is worth it for the toner alone. Only 3 quick steps. Just be careful around your eyelids. They will get really dry if you get any of the products on them.

My husband did Accutane and is still suffering from major side affects (vision, headaches, joint aches, hair loss, redness). I did antibiotics and got yeast infections every time. Also that can't be good for you!

I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT
I LOVE IT

And compared to a lot of nice products they are cheap. Yes compared to Sea Breeze that uses Alcohol (BAD BAD BAD) they are pricey. But use the right amount (quarter size for the clenser-quick squeeze of the toner on a cotton disk (not a cotton ball) and a pea size amount of the lotion it lasts a long time.

I suggested it to a friend before her wedding and she looked amazing in lest than 6 weeks. Like a china Doll.

If it doesn't work....Switch to the Murad system. Usually if one doesn't work the other will.
Schluh

NightengaleShane
10-12-2007, 09:22 AM
ProActiv irritated my skin :( I thought maybe it was just for people who actually had acne (as opposed to a spot that emerges here and there), but then I saw it worked for some people whose faces weren't red acne balloons to begin with and I decided my skin was just... special.

My skin is very sensitive. It is usually also very clear, but when Aunt Flo comes to visit, she storms in with acne every time.

I've tried several topical acne medications in hopes to treat breakouts (sometimes being outdoors in the humid Florida summer also makes me break out) and they have all irritated my skin immensely.

Is there anything out there that won't make my skin dry, scratchy, and red but will also get rid of blemishes?

dixied
10-12-2007, 01:14 PM
I used Proactiv several years ago and while the results were good, the price was too high for me at the time. A couple of months ago I picked up a drugstore brand called AcneFree and it works just as well for me, and it's always on sale for less than $20, and has lasted at least 3 months.

aphil
10-12-2007, 01:49 PM
I wish the Acne Free brand worked for me...I tried that, and Natures Cure brands-and they both tore up my skin-worse breakouts, drying, etc.

I have to have the real stuff...

Lafayette
10-12-2007, 08:58 PM
I found Proactiv WAY to harsh. I have sensitive skin that tends toward dryness.

I've been using the DHC olive oil cleansing products and I've had great luck. The soap doesn't make your face feel tight and the moisturizer feels like an extravagant luxury.

When I know it's gonna get ugly, I use an Aveda product called "Balancing Infusion" that contains both salicylic acid and moisturizing essential oils. It's a little more expensive but that little bottle lasts forever because 2-3 drops are enough for your whole face. It spares me that nasty dry patch around the break-out that takes longer to heal than the actual acne.

fiberlover
10-17-2007, 05:02 PM
I love Proactiv! Nothing like being almost 40 and still getting acne! I have been using it for a couple years now, and almost never get a pimple anymore!

I have found that proactiv is not as harsh on my skin as the stuff in the drug stores. It does not dry out my skin or make it itchy. So, it's worth it to me. I am on the autoship, and you can alter the contents depending on what you need. Some shipments I get only toner, some I get 2 cleansers and a toner. The repairing lotion lasts forever for me, so I only get that a couple times a year.

EZMONEY
10-17-2007, 08:27 PM
All the kids in my "family" from my own, to my nieces and nephew have used it with mixed results.....some very happy...some not.

Deeva
10-29-2007, 02:17 AM
My son used it through his junior and senior years at school when he was so self conscious. It did wonders for his skin and for his self esteem :)

OnceUponADrive
11-06-2007, 11:15 AM
I used it for a couple of years but then it seemed to decrease in effectiveness quite a bit, like I was building up a tolerance to it. I recently started using Philosophy's Acne kit and it seems to be helping slowly, but it's only been a week or so.

valpal23
11-06-2007, 02:28 PM
It works, but so do most things with benzoyl peroxide!

I cant use the proactiv bp scrub because it's too irritating and I'm cheap.. so I made my own drug store version. Now, I use persagel BP gel for spot treatment and witch hazel for toner to soothe everything since BP is brutal on the skin. Same stuff... but only costs a couple bucks.

tjjsmom
11-06-2007, 04:42 PM
I LOVE Proactiv the only thing is if I use it everyday it tends to dry my skin out. I only use it when I have a falir up and even then its every other day.

bassetbabe
11-10-2007, 09:04 AM
I works great for my teenage brother, his dad had horrible acne as a teen and he seemed to inherit it, luckily this stuff helps a bunch for him. I'm in my early 20's and gave it a try (besides monthly hormones, I have stress related illness that makes acne pop up) and it ripped my face up. I simply have MUCH too dry skin. So I use just a basic cleanser in the shower. And since my brother doesn't use the mask stuff, he gives that to me so I can "spot treat" as needed. Seems to work well.

audrabolster
11-18-2007, 07:24 PM
I tried it for a couple of months and it worked okay, but I now use Dermalogica and haven't turned to anything since!