Proactiv Solution skincare is advertised by some glossy marketing that claims to be designed to clear acne blemishes and prevent further breakouts.
There is a complete three-step system available that provides you with all the necessary products. This is described as essential for a establishing an effective routine but extra products and options are also on offer.
There have been a number of negative reports from consumers who have used Proactiv. We take a look at how Proactiv works and if such reports are founded!
How does Proactiv work?
The first step of the three-step system is a cleanser and exfoliant, designed to clean skin and remove dead cells. Step two is a revitalising toner which helps balance skin tone and removes excess oil. The final step is a repairing day lotion and a repairing night lotion. You follow the system as part of your daily routine.
The active ingredient of Proactiv is salicylic acid plus added retinol in the night lotion. Vitamin supplements E and D also contained in the night lotion,
Proactiv looks the part. The website is slick and full of attractive images. However, there is very little product information and although salicylic acid is a reputable ingredient in skin care, the price is high for what looks like a pretty basic product. Clearasil may be an easier and less expensive way of using a salicylic acid based product.
Side effects of Proactiv
A number of consumers have reported experiencing skin irritation when using Proactiv, most likely due to the harsh chemicals used. If you have sensitive skin then Proactiv is probably not for you!
What customers say about Proactiv
Proactiv has attracted a high number of negative customer reviews. Consumer feedback includes complaints about reddening of the skin, skin drying and a burning sensation. Many customers have been disappointed by the lack of customer care and the price. Some customers have claimed that it has actually made their acne worse.
How to Buy Proactiv?
Proactiv is available direct from the website. The basic three step system includes four products and costs £39.90 plus postage and packing with an option to pay in two instalments. The Proactiv luxury skincare system features many extras and is available for £59.90.
The company apparently ships from the UK. However it is hard to tell because no address or contact details are given for the company and there does not appear to be a customer help line or email address. This is a cause for concern.
Proactiv may work – despite the negative reviews, but there are certainly some issues with the company, price and effectiveness of the product. Despite the glossy packaging, this has the appearance of a nondescript product that does not work that well. Consumer reports suggests that Proactiv is bad for your skin too!
Our verdict. Avoid.
There are better products on the market and this is expensive for what it is. Instead we would recommend you take a look at Clear Skin Max, a new acne treatment that is clinically proven without the side effects associated with Proactiv. Consumers have reported significant improvement within just 5 days when using Clear Skin Max.