Proactiv Acne Medicine

By Contributing Writer

  • Overview

    Proactiv Acne Medicine
    Proactiv Acne Medicine
    Proactiv acne medicine is promoted by celebrities who have used the product with success. Proactiv pamphlets and the website also provide plenty of user testimonies as to the effectiveness of the Proactiv Solution system. But before you commit to a monthly Proactiv subscription, you should understand why Proactiv works, so you can know that you are spending your money wisely.
  • Features

    The basic Proactiv Solution 3-Step System consists of Renewing Cleanser which contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide in a 2.5 percent concentration; Revitalizing Toner which contains glycolic acid, witch hazel and other skin conditioners; and Repairing Lotion which also contains the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide in a 2.5 percent concentration.
  • Function

    Benzoyl peroxide in the Renewing Cleanser and the Repairing Lotion kills the bacteria propionibacteria acnes, or p. acnes, on the surface of the skin and within the pores. Benzoyl peroxide is a proven effective acne fighting medicine that is available under a vast assortment of brand names. The 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide concentration in Proactiv is lower than in some other acne products. However, higher concentrations of benzoyl peroxide have not been found to be more effective, just more irritating to the skin, and 2.5 percent is preferred by many dermatologists.

  • Effects

    Glycolic acid in the Revitalizing Toner helps remove the outer layer of dead skin cells, to reveal fresher skin cells underneath. However, only very high concentrations of glycolic acid, such as those used for chemical peels by a dermatologist, will produce dramatic results. The low concentration of glycolic acid in the Proactiv acne system will help skin to feel smoother and perhaps minimize skin discoloration slightly. Low concentration glycolic acid products are also widely available under many brand names.
  • Benefits

    Proactiv is a gentle acne treatment system developed by dermatologists. The concentrations of active ingredients are formulated to provide maximum acne clearing benefits with the least possible skin irritation. Proactiv recognizes that not everybody needs all three components of their basic system, so the company will customize your monthly order for no extra charge. Proactiv also offers other products that compliment their 3-Step System, including moisturizers, spot treatments and masks. Proactiv's website is easy to navigate. You can change your order, maintain your account or cancel your subscription online or over the phone.
  • Considerations

    A Proactiv subscription costs about $40 per month. Your credit card is billed bi-monthly, and the product is shipped to you automatically. Products can be returned for a refund and you can cancel at any time. However, if you are like the average consumer, once you no longer need the product, you are likely to let your subscription run one or two months before canceling, which will cost you extra money. Also, other acne treatment systems containing similar active ingredients are available in stores for less money, and without the monthly commitment.
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