Review: @ProactivPlus
Monday, January 28, 2013
By Aimee
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I have been a fan of Proactiv for a very long time. In my early 20's I went through an acne breakout that put teenagers to shame. 

 

Proactiv single handedly helped bring my skin back to normalcy, Now that I'm older I have issues with pore size and slight acne. Adult acne is the worse there is just no need for it.  While trying to figure out how to combat my newest on slaught of acne, I was happy to receive a press kit with Proactiv's new line ProactivPlus.

 

 

ProActiv+

 

 

Proactiv+ is the next-generation 3-Step System—a breakthrough acne-treatment system completely reformulated from the ground up by Drs. Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields—featuring more medicine and more skincare benefits, plus a new, smarter way to target acne. For every enhanced acne-fighting benefit in each step of Proactiv+, there is an equally powerful complexion-conscious skincare benefit, helping users fix their acne and let their skin flourish.

 


 

 

Proactiv+ STEP ONE - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Proactiv+ STEP ONE - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

 

 

Proactiv+ STEP ONE - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Proactiv+ STEP ONE - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

 

Step 1: Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

 

Created as a 4-in-1 daily face wash, the Skin Smoothing Exfoilator acts as a deep cleanser, a medicated treatment for killing acne-causing bacteria, a glycolic-acid toner, and a mild exfoliator for renewing and smoothing the skin’s surface. A luxuriously creamy daily cleanser, the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator removes dirt, impurities and dead cells from the skin’s surface, providing an instantly brighter, smoother and healthier-looking complexion.

 

Key Ingredients:

  • 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide – micro-crystal, prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide designed to slip into pores to quickly kill acne-causing bacteria, helping to clear up acne blemishes and prevent   new ones from forming. 
  • Pore Resurfacer – gentle exfoliating beads combined with glycolic acid help to slough away dull, dry layers of the skin, helping to open pores and prep them for the Pore Targeting Treatment.
  • Moisture Complex – a humectant and emollient complex designed to help retain moisture and leave skin feeling smooth, soft, supple and hydrated after cleansing. 

 

  • Mild Cleanser – a naturally derived, sulfate-free cleansing agent designed to gently remove dirt, sweat, makeup and other impurities from the skin. 

 

ProActiv+ Step Two - Pore Targeting Treatment

 

ProActiv+ Step Two - Pore Targeting Treatment

ProActiv+ Step Two - Pore Targeting Treatment

ProActiv+ Step Two - Pore Targeting Treatment

 

Step 2: Pore Targeting Treatment

 

The Pore Targeting Treatment is a light-weight, leave-on gel formulated to release benzoyl peroxide directly into the pore to effectively clear up acne blemishes while helping to improve skin tone and texture. The Pore Targeting Treatment includes the new, exclusive Smart Target™ Technology designed to attract benzoyl peroxide into the pore and away from the skin’s surface, killing acne-causing bacteria at the source to help prevent new blemishes from forming. Like every step in the Proactiv+ 3-Step System, the Pore Targeting Treatment also has a skin healthy benefit: it’s formulated with glycerin to help skin retain moisture for a soft, radiant glow.

 

Key Ingredients:

 

  • ·         SMART TARGET™ Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% – Exclusive technology designed to deliver benzoyl peroxide acne medicine directly into pores while alleviating dryness and irritation.

 

  • ·      Glycerin – powerful humectant designed to help the skin retain moisture. 

 

 

Proactiv+ Step Three - Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

Proactiv+ Step Three - Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

 

Proactiv+ Step Three - Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

 

Proactiv+ Step Three - Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

 Step 3: Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

 

Because having acne-prone skin means more than just blemishes and breakouts, the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator can deliver solutions for many of the most common problems including dryness and irritation, uneven skin tone, unwanted pigmentation, excess oil and shine, redness and skin blotchiness, large-looking pores, and a dull, ashy complexion. Salicylic acid gently clears blemishes and helps pores appear smaller. Proven, science-based ingredients add to the product’s skin benefits including natural skin brighteners, moisturizers, a mattifier, soothing botanicals and a nourishing prebiotic.

 

Key Ingredients:

  •  Salicylic Acid (0.5%) – An acne medicine designed to help clear pores of cellular debris and keep them clear—helping to minimize the look of pores for a more luminous complexion
  •  Skin Brightening Complex – Natural skin brighteners such as kojic acid, licorice extract, bearberry and sophora root are designed to help fade the appearance of post-acne marks and improve uneven skin ton
  •  Moisturizing Complex – Powerful humectants, hyaluronic acid, plus other hydrating ingredients help alleviate dryness for softer, smoother looking ski
  •  Skin Conditioning Complex – Specialized skincare ingredients such as bisabolol are designed to help soothe and calm redness and irritation
  •  Skin Mattifier – Designed to help reduce excess oil and shine
  •  Nourishing Prebiotic – Designed to help the skin’s natural protection

 Proactiv+ System Cost:

  • Priced at $29.95 per month for regular shipment members
  • Proactiv+ is distributed by Guthy-Renker® and can be purchased by calling (888) 710-2161 or online at www.proactivplus.com

Step 1.5 Skin Purifying Mask

Step 1.5 Skin Purifying Mask

Step 1.5 Skin Purifying Mask

Step 1.5 Skin Purifying Mask

 

  

 

 

Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask

 

The Skin Purifying Mask perfectly complements the Proactiv+ 3-Step System. The maximum strength, deep cleansing 6% sulfur found in the mask draws out impurities to clear acne blemishes and help prevent new breakouts from forming. This full facial acne beauty mask also contains cooling kaolin clay that to help draw out excess oil and stubborn impurities, perfect for the troublesome T-zone area. Paraben-free, this mask is also contains a healthy complex of antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals to condition and moisturize the skin.

 

 

Key Ingredients:

 

  • ·         6% Sulfur – helps absorb excess oil and dries up and clears up acne blemishes and helps prevent new ones from forming.

 

  • ·         Kaolin Clay – a mineral that works to absorb surface oils and draw out excess oil and other pore clogging impurities.

 

  • ·         Vitamin E – an antioxidant designed to help protect from free radicals and soothe and nourish the skin.

 

  • ·         Vitamin F Complex – designed to help retain moisture in the skin.

 

  • ·         Tea Tree Oil – an essential oil with antioxidant, antiseptic and cleansing properties.

 

  • ·         Geranium & Lemongrass – botanical extracts designed to help condition the skin.

 

I only just started using the system, so I don't have a well rounded review just yet. I do like this system. As can be expected like everything from the proactive line it's great quality products. They haven't dried out my skin (which is possible when switching products) and even though I don't see much difference in my skin yet. It does look a little brighter, and I haven't gotten one new pimple yet. Which is always the best. 

Anyone else a huge fan of Proactiv? And who is going to try ProactivPlus?

 

 

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10 Comments
Nicole - I'm not sure why people are saying Proactiv is a scam. I have been using a variety of Proactiv products since my adult acne started shortly after the birth of my second child 7 years ago. The original Proactiv kit worked very well for me in managing acne and the pimples I did get were not too bad, compared to the painful, cystic ones I would get before starting Proactiv. AFter a year or so, I didn't seem to need Proactiv anymore, and I was easily able to call customer service and stop my shipments. No big deal. AFter a few questions about why I was canceling, the customer service rep kindly granted my request to cancel. A year or so went by, my acne came back, and I went back to Proactiv. It worked, but not as well this time so eventually I switched to Proactiv Extra Strength, which works well but is a bit drying. As I'm getting older, and dealing with more dry skin on top of acne, I decided to give the Proactiv plus a shot. I've been using for 2 weeks, in conjunction with my extra strength system, and I LOVE it. My skin is soft, radiant, moisturized and clear. I don't know if it's because I'm using both (Plus in the morning, Extra Strength at night), but I'm going to keep going with this as long as it keeps working.
I don't think Proactive will work for everyone, but it is not a scam. Like anything, people just have to be aware of what they are purchasing before they submit order. There aren't any lies or scams as far as I can tell. Also, just because the "active ingredient" may be the same as other store bought items, does not mean it will work the same. The way the active ingredient is formulated with the inactive ingredients can greatly affect how it is absorbed into the skin, and how it works.
Teri - TERRIBLE PRODUCT!!! BIG SCAM!!!!!!!!!
Worst scam I have ever encountered in my life! Complete false advertising with terribly rude customer service! They messed my whole account up and charged me 160 bucks in two months because I called to cancel the product after it made my skin break out worst than before I started using it. Their excuse was that I canceled in the middle of a cycle, I questioned it because their website advertises a 60 day money back garuntee! It's a lie! They then reactivated my account saying thats what I asked for when It's not at all and continued to charge me!! I was furious! I called the better business bureau and filed a complaint as they did nothing that their terms and policy stated and I fortunately ended up getting all my money back but it was a terrible battle. Do Not trust this product or company, they are all about the money and it's a complete scam. The product didn't even work, and I have multiple friends who also tried this product and have nothing good to say about it. Don't waste your time!
Ash - I love the original proactive. I had to set the toner and moisturizer aside since they were way too drying for my skin. I substituted the two steps with other drugstore counterparts. My acne virtually faded away. I noticed when I went without using the original wash and acne would pop up worse than ever before. One thing I realized is there is no cure to acne but ways to combat it. Proactiv is the only thing that has worked for me. The order for the ProactivePlus line just processed. Hopefully I will be able to use all three products this time without the drying. Its kinda funny to me seeing people think this is a scam. There are scams out there that I can tell are truly scams just by glancing at the webpage. I am not even one to comment on blogs but I could not resist. Give it a try for yourself. If you are not comfortable buying online head to a local authorized mall kiosk that sells it. They do not start you on autopay. That is how I started. It allowed me to trial it for myself before committing to the three month billing cycle which I am comfortable with doing. You never know until you try. My proactiveplus should be here soon. Wish me luck.
Jenny - DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT!!!!

As many reviews will tell you, there is nothing special about this product, and it boasts ingredients found in most drugstore formulas. Beyond that, this company is a total scam. Upon your first purchase, you basically get signed up for a "membership" (I searched the fine print for any clues about this membership, as I had read poor reviews of Proactiv's business tactics, and even then, I could not find anything that made me realize that I was signing up for MONTHLY purchases, that increase in price!). I spent a couple of weeks using the products, and found them to be pretty much equivalent to their drugstore counterparts, only more expensive and more drying. They were not effective. Honestly, I fell for the same marketing scam that probably most Proactive users are victim to. They put on a pretty good show about their product, and show some convincing evidence. It's MEANINGLESS. If you are like me, and searching for that "magic solution" to your trouble skin, save your money and your stress, and focus on the ingredients of your products, or consult your dermotologist. I regret falling for this scam, and that truly is what Proactiv is, and just hope that I can keep some of you from making the same mistake. I think it is ridiculous that Proactiv takes advantage of people who are really trying to make an improvement for themselves.
Jenny - DO NOT PURCHASE THIS PRODUCT!!!!

As many reviews will tell you, there is nothing special about this product, and it boasts ingredients found in most drugstore formulas. Beyond that, this company is a total scam. Upon your first purchase, you basically get signed up for a "membership" (I searched the fine print for any clues about this membership, as I had read poor reviews of Proactiv's business tactics, and even then, I could not find anything that made me realize that I was signing up for MONTHLY purchases, that increase in price!). I spent a couple of weeks using the products, and found them to be pretty much equivalent to their drugstore counterparts, only more expensive and more drying. They were not effective. Honestly, I fell for the same marketing scam that probably most Proactive users are victim to. They put on a pretty good show about their product, and show some convincing evidence. It's MEANINGLESS. If you are like me, and searching for that "magic solution" to your trouble skin, save your money and your stress, and focus on the ingredients of your products, or consult your dermotologist. I regret falling for this scam, and that truly is what Proactiv is, and just hope that I can keep some of you from making the same mistake. I think it is ridiculous that Proactiv takes advantage of people who are really trying to make an improvement for themselves.
Matt - My Proactiv+ order just arrived in the mail last week and I was soooo excited. This is my 4th day using it. I have oily skin and am prone to really bad breakouts and I mean BAD =(. I've been struggling with bad skin for 15 years after graduating college. My skin is currently still adjusting to the new facial cleansing regimen so i'm actually starting to break out, but that's a given. Hope to have more promising updates by day 15 and then day 30. Thanks for reading.
Christina - Thanks for the quick reply! Did you find it superior to the original or the same? I'm combating dry skin with large pores and acne and need help choosing a kit. I've used the original before. I appreciate your review :)
Aimee - Of course :) I used the original before but it didn't work well for my combination skin. I have huge pores and proactive plus has been making them smaller especially the ones on my nose and chin. My cheeks tend to be dry. Which is why I prefer once a day and only at night. Because I wasn't sure how my skin would react, I was blown away how great it worked for me. I have another girlfriend using it and she's fallen in love with it as well. The revamped formulation works so much better for me
Aimee - I've been using it once a day every night and I love it. It has really cleared up my skin. I was getting some really bad pimples around my chin that were so bad. This trio has turned everything around. I will definitely be buying this again.
Christina - How has it worked out for you?


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