Acne: The New Proactiv

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Acne: The New Proactiv

Acne is a skin condition that affects 40 – 50 million Americans. In fact, it is the most common skin condition and one that is not only restricted to teens. Adults well into their 50’s can and do suffer from breakouts as well.*

The effects of acne are more than just blemishes on the skin. Acne can cause low self esteem, social anxiety and, in severe cases, depression. And as most who suffer from acne can attest to, it’s a condition that can be painfully difficult to treat. But there is hope!

Many years ago, Proactiv launched their revolutionary 3 step program. The brainchild of two dermatologists, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields, Proactiv’s wash, toner and treatment cream gave teens hope that clear skin was more than just wishful thinking. I used Proactiv and I was thrilled by the results.

Years later, no longer a teen, I still suffer from acne. And again, Dr. Rodan and Dr Fields are coming to my rescue. Their newest Proactiv system, Proactiv +, combines more medicine, exfoliation and hydration, so it works to not only clear the skin, but also to heal it and restore PH levels. This is important for adult acne sufferers as our skin is less resilient than our teenage skin. In short, even acneic skin is thirsty. Deprive it of hydration and you continue the breakout cycle.

Whereas the original Proactiv program was chock full of benzyl peroxide, the new program adds salicylic acid, a proven anti-acne ingredient. The original Proactiv system consisted of an exfoliating wash, a toner and a treatment cream. The new system is slightly different – Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Pore Targeting Treatment, Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – skipping the toner and adding a moisturizing element. Additional treatment products include an eye serum, a sulfur mask and fading pads with 5% glycolic acid to exfoliate and 2% salicylic acid to treat (I am most excited by this product!).

Proactiv asked me to take part in a 30 day challenge. Use their products – and only their products – for 30 days and track my skin’s progress. Today is day one. Today I begin my quest for a clear, even, breakout-free complexion.

Join me in my 30 day #NoFilter challenge. Proactiv is offering Beauty Banter readers a special discount code (click here to redeem). We can do this… together!

And check in on Instagram (here) for my weekly complexion updates…

Clear, even skin? I’m in!


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