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Proactiv Vs. SkiniD


Proactiv and Neutrogena's SkiniD are acne-treatment systems competing in the skin-care market. Both feature popular teen entertainers as spokespeople, and both come with what some may consider a hefty price tag. The primary difference between the two is that Proactiv offers one treatment system, while SkiniD's products are personalized for the user.


Proactiv is a three-step system consisting of cleanser, toner and repairing lotion. The cleanser contains small granules to exfoliate the skin and 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. The toner contains glycolic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid derived from fruit that peels away surface skin cells. Proactiv's repairing lotion, which helps to dry out pimples, also contains 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide. The manufacturer also advertises two additional products -- moisturizer and daily oil control lotion -- as well as a choice of a refining mask or green tea moisturizer as a free gift.


Neutrogena's SkiniD offers a free online or phone evaluation to help determine what three products will work best for your skin. By analyzing answers to questions about skin type, stress level and frequency of breakouts, the website customizes your personal skin-care regimen. The three-part SkiniD system consists of a cleanser, acne-treatment lotion and a third product customized to your needs. The active ingredients in SkiniD products are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid that acts as an exfoliant. The concentration of active ingredients in the products will vary depending on your answers to the evaluation questions.


The Proactiv product line includes one-size-fits-all cleanser, toner and lotion, while SkiniD features various products that are selected based on a user's needs. The line features four types of cleansers -- a 3.5 percent benzoyl peroxide cream cleanser or 2 percent salicylic acid version, both of which come with exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acids; a chamomile gel cleanser with 2 percent salicylic acid; and a green tea and cucumber foam cleanser with .5 percent salicylic acid. Their anti-acne cream contains 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide. The third product in your personalized system may be 2 percent salicylic acid treatment pads; 2 percent salicylic acid toner; .5 percent salicylic acid moisturizer or 2 percent salicylic acid hydrator. You can also purchase spot treatment, body wash or skin soother.

How to Buy

Proactiv and SkiniD products are sold online or by phone order. Proactiv installed vending machines in some malls and airport terminals, allowing you to purchase products by swiping a credit or debit card.


As of 2010, the price for the three-step Proactiv system with bonus oil control lotion and moisturizer is $29.95. The three-step system without the bonus products is $19.95. Proactiv automatically ships a three-month supply every 90 days, or you may choose to have a two-month supply shipped every 60 days. The cost of the SkiniD starter kit containing cleanser, anti-acne treatment and a customized third product is $39.90. You have the option of having products shipped every 30, 45, 50, 75 or 90 days. Sales tax and shipping and handling charges apply for both systems. Those who find the price of these two products too steep may wish to purchase generic products with the same active ingredients.

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