About Proactiv Solution Kits
The Proactiv Solution Kit is a three-part topical acne system (cleanser, toner, lotion) that works by managing the underlying conditions that cause acne to appear. The kit is benzoyl peroxide-based, costs approximately $40 and comes with a 60-day refund period. Developed by two doctors who also suffered from acne, the products should be used consistently for best results. According to Proactiv co-founder Dr. Kathy Fields, "It's important to use this product every day because it's going to prevent the process of acne."
How Proactiv Works
The premise of Proactiv's treatment is that acne is born beneath the skin's surface in the sebaceous glands. A buildup of dead skin cells and bacteria in a sebaceous gland causes the pore to become clogged, with the result being the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads and pimples in the form of papules, pustules, nodules and cysts.
The Proactiv cleanser and toner focus on cleaning clogged pores, and the lotion penetrates the skin to destroy acne-causing bacteria. The Proactiv Solution is synergistic, with each of the three products working in concert to keep pores unclogged and free-flowing, thus keeping skin free from acne.
How to Use Proactiv Solution
The three-step system is meant to be used twice a day (morning and night) and can be used on any area where you are prone to breaking out. Proactiv products can be used alongside other cosmetics or prescription medications.
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser
The cleanser ("Renewing Cleanser") is massaged onto water-moistened skin and massaged in for one or two minutes, then rinsed.
Note that the consistency of the cleanser is grainy, which provides the benefit of exfoliation (helpful for removing the dead skin cells that are culprits in the acne-causing process). However, the grainy texture of the cleanser may be irritating to sensitive skin types.
Also, remove makeup prior to using the cleanser, particularly eye makeup. This product contains benzoyl peroxide and should not be used around the delicate eye area.
Step 2: Revitalizing Toner
Use of the toner ("Revitalizing Toner") follows the cleanser, providing additional cleansing and further preparing the skin for the third step, the Repairing Treatment lotion.
The toner contains glycolic acid, a natural exfoliator, and witch hazel, a natural antiseptic. It also contains natural, skin-friendly extracts such as aloe, chamomile, panthenol (vitamin B5) and rose hips.
Step 3: Repairing Treatment
Apply the lotion ("Repairing Treatment") in a thin layer onto acne-prone areas after using the cleanser and toner. Make sure skin is thoroughly dry.
This is a benzoyl peroxide-based lotion, so you may need to reduce the amount or the frequency of application if your skin becomes overly dry or peels as a result.
Additional Information on Proactiv Solution
Use consistently for best results. Proactiv Solution is formulated to work beneath the surface of the skin to keep pores from becoming clogged in the first place. Therefore, use Proactiv Solution consistently on acne-prone areas to ward off the below-the-surface conditions that may cause an angry-looking zit to sprout.
It's not for everyone. Proactiv Solution has a strong record of commercial success. However, realize that Proactiv will not be effective on all types of acne. If, for instance, you suffer from a hormonal imbalance that causes severe breakouts, Proactiv Solution may reduce the appearance of your acne, but will not squelch the internal conditions that cause it.
Use Proactiv Solution only on acne-prone areas. This will avoid irritating non-oily or acne-prone skin. For instance, if you have a patch of acne on your upper back, concentrate your usage there and not on surrounding areas. Likewise, do not use Proactiv Solution on your entire face if your only acne issue is those blackheads on your nose.
Save with Proactiv's automatic shipping program. Enrollment in the Proactiv Solution Clear Skin Club makes the price of the products lower than if you buy the items a la carte. Note that you can cancel anytime and can have the automatic shipping (which is every 60 days by default) adjusted as you wish.
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