I never had acne in high school. I had clear, flawless skin that many only wished they had. Enter my 20s, an infrequent pimple here and there, but nothing to complain about. Enter my 30s, on and off adult acne. It started with small bumps on my forehead. It went away, but then I started getting pimples on the left and right sides of my chin. The kind of pimples that are hard, deep in the skin, painful and hurt to the touch. I read that this was hormonal acne.
I tried it all.....drugstore brands that claim to banish your acne, all-natural home remedies that others swore by...nothing worked. The closest I came to clear skin was a mixture of castor oil and organic olive oil. It left my skin moisturized, but I didn't like the oily residue it left, and face wash afterwards just dried out my skin. It didn't completely banish my zits.
I had tried the original formulation of Proactiv in the past. It worked for a little while, but didn't completely get rid of all my pimples. I also hated the fact that the original formula contained parabens so I stopped using it. I recently learned that their new line of products, Proactiv+ Plus does not contain any parabens! So good to hear so I immediately placed my order. I don't put anything on my face or body that contains parabens.
This 3-Step System has changed my skin in just two days. TWO DAYS! My chin looks noticeably clearer, and my hyperpigmentation marks left by old pimples are starting to lighten. Two days people!!! I can't wait to see what my face looks like in one week, two weeks, a month...
So far I think this system is a miracle in a box, but I have read that others experienced breakouts the first week, but that was too be expected with a new line of products. I also read that some experienced dryness. This has not happened to me. I have sensitive skin that tends to be on the drier side. I was really worried about these products drying out my skin, but I haven't experienced any dryness so far. My skin feels perfectly hydrated and glows.
STEP 1 - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator - 2 fl. oz.
This mild cleanser contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide that kills acne-causing bacteria. The beads plus glycolic acid don't feel too harsh. Like I said, I have sensitive skin that hates the feel of rough exfoliators, but this formulation is gentle enough on my skin. I use circular motions and don't rub or press too hard when cleansing.
I would not recommend using this around your eye area as your skin is very delicate there. I use organic olive oil to remove my eye make-up, and it works like a charm.
STEP 2 - Pore Targeting Treatment - 1 fl. oz.
This lightweight treatment contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and comes in a handy tube with pump. I use one pump of this on my entire face. It absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any greasy or oily residue.
STEP 3 - Complexion Perfection Hydrator - 1 fl. oz.
This light and nutrient-rich hydrator contains 0.5% salicylic acid. It keeps my skin supple, hydrated and smooth. It evens my skin-tone and brightens. This is supposed to address redness, tone, texture, post-acne marks, oil, dryness and brightness.
Skin Purifying Mask - 1 oz.
This was my choice for the free gift when I purchased the 30-day system. I haven't used this yet, but read that others use this as a spot treatment on pimples before bed. I'll talk more about this mask in part 2 of my review of this system in a couple of weeks.
When I first opened the box, my initial reaction was that the bottles were so small. How on earth was this going to last me 30 days?! But I now see that a little bit of product goes a long way. These sizes will work just fine. I also like the look of the new proactiv+ packaging better than the original proactiv.
My make-up goes on much smoother since using Proactiv+. I don't notice I'm oily from the products during the day either. I use this morning and night. I'm careful to use a sunscreen during the day as that's what this company recommends. I use an SPF 30 from Aveeno. I also like that these products don't stink. The smell is pleasant and doesn't leave any annoying lingering scents.
You're probably thinking, but it's only been two days. And that's exactly why I'm so excited to post this! It has only been two days and I see a difference! I can't even tell I'm wearing anything. My results speak for themselves. My acne is clearing up.
If you're dealing with acne, I highly recommend the 3-Step System from Proactiv+. I'm incredibly pleased with my results so far. It's working for me, and I hope it will work wonders for you, too! Of course all products will work differently for different people, but from my experience, Proactiv+ is doing exactly what this company claims it will do.
Try it risk free! There is a 60-day money back guarantee even if your bottles are empty, too. What have you got to lose? Please note that this is not a sponsored post.
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