Growing up, I never had a problem with acne. Sure, I got the occasional blemish here and there, but it was never what I would have considered to be a problem. I was very lucky in that I had naturally good skin.
As my daughter hit puberty, I began to notice that our skin was different - where as I had no issues as I approached my teens, she began having minor breakouts almost as soon as middle school began. Of course the teen years are difficult enough for girls, they certainly don't need the added hassle of dealing with bad skin! We tried all of the usual acne treatments, ranging from using facial toner, face wash, etc. And while her breakouts weren't bad enough to warrant a prescription medication, something had to be done because the usual things just weren't working.
When we had the opportunity to try the new Proactiv 3-Step System kit (3-Step System kit, the Refining Mask, and Green Tea Moisturizer), I jumped at the chance. While my daughter is too shy to let me post a before photo, suffice it to say that she had some problem areas - namely the nose and forehead.
Now, along with the acne-fighting 3-Step System, Proactiv offers Proactiv 365, a program that provides you with customized advice from trained Skincare Advisors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as well as a private online community, sure to enhance your Proactiv experience.
With the combination of Proactiv's acne treatment and their customized offerings, I knew that this new approach would be just the thing to help my daughter get a handle on her blemish issues! I was really excited for her, because I've always heard such great things about Proactiv, but she was a bit skeptical because nothing we had tried in the past really worked for her.
The acne cycle starts just below the skin's surface, sometimes weeks before a blemish actually breaks out - which I never knew before! Proactiv is designed to attack blemishes"proactively" instead of spot treating a blemish once it's already surfaced. By delivering the right combination of medicine and skin-care agents, in the right order and concentrations, Proactiv helps control the acne cycle before a breakout occurs, which makes all of the difference.
How it works:
Renew: This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with new, exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide — featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores to start killing acne-causing bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.
Revitalize: This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil so your skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed -- not tight and dried out. Soothing botanical agents gently balance your skin tone.
Repair: The repairing treatment is a feather-light medicated lotion that gets deep into clogged pores faster but is designed to be gentler on the skin. It's an oil-free formula that's safe for your entire face.
Angeline actually saw some pretty great results using the Proactiv 365 kit, even though she honestly didn't use each step correctly each day. When she spent the night at her grandma's house, she forgot to take her Proactiv, for instance. When she did use it properly, it was quite simple, because her kit came with a step by step instructions on a laminated paper - which was perfect for setting next to the sink!
The Proactiv 365 kit worked well for Angeline and we are going to continue to use it to maintain her clear skin! She is really excited about it because she no longer feels that she has to wear foundation every day to cover up her blemishes! While it does take a few minutes to go through the 3 step process twice a day, those few minutes are well worth the effort and she has absolutely no complaints!
*I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Proactiv and received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.