Updated: June 4, 2015
What is Proactiv?Whatever common problems people suffer from, there is always someone else out there offering them a treatment or solution, for a price.. Overweight? Hey, try this! Bags under your eyes, wrinkles? Try this! Skin problems or acne? Try this! Unfortunately, a lot of people prey on the fears, anxieties, and weaknesses of others, and they won't think twice about making a few bucks doing it. Of course, some products actually are proven and tested to help or cure the condition they are marketed towards. Proactiv has made a big name for themselves by enlisting celebrity spokespersons, like Vanessa Williams, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Brooke Shields, and Elle MacPherson. These beautiful faces appear on your TV screen informercials, telling you that Proactiv has made them blemish free.
Does Proactiv really work that well? Will dig into the story behind Proactiv and see what independent people are saying about.
Proactiv Acne TreatmentThe official Proactiv website is Proactiv.com. They have an informational section about what causes acne, types of acne, and how Proactiv treats and prevents acne. As they admit on their site, there is no cure for acne since acne is caused by naturally occuring skin conditions - there is no magic pill you can take that will suddenly make your skin different. The Proactiv system is built around preventing pimples before they occur, while also treating existing blemishes. Proactiv is a 3 part system. The first component is a renewing cleanser that exfoliates your skin with tiny smooth grains, unclogging pores and removing dead skin cells. It also uses the known acne fighting medicine, benzoyl peroxide to stop the bacteria that cause skin problems. The second part of the system is a revitalizing toner which gently further unclogs pores and prepares skin for the final part of the treatment, the repairing lotion.
The repairing lotion also contains finely milled benzoyl peroxide for deep skin penetration and healing. An additional product is the sulfur-based Refining Mask which is used to help heal existing acne. You need to apply all these products twice a day, and it does take some significant time and commitment to adhere to this schedule - you have to really make it part of your daily hygiene routine. By using all these product together, they claim Proactiv will help clean and prevent acne on your face or other body trouble spots. The only problem is, as they say, this isn't a cure. It is an ongoing treatment, meaning you have to keep buying their product month and month, year after year -- talk about a great product to manufacture, when your customers are literally forced to keep buying from you forever! They do offer a 60 day money back guarantee - you can even return empty bottle for a refund. But direct marketers know that less than 5% of customers will go through the hassle of packing things up for shipments, following up to check on a refund, etc.