So this is a little bit of a different post today but I’m just approaching 60 days using the Proactiv+ 3 step system kit and I thought I’d tell you all about the experience I’ve had with it.
If you didn’t know, Proactiv+ is a system designed by dermatologists to reduce and improve acne; they do a whole range of products but they do specific ‘kits’ consisting of 30 days or 60 days of treatment. These kits contain an exfoliating cleanser, a pore targeting treatment cream and a facial moisturiser to use every morning and night.
So, a bit of back story here – I’ve been a sufferer of acne on and off throughout my entire teen and (so far) adult life. I suffered quite badly until I went on a contraceptive pill that completely cleared my skin up until about a year ago when my doctor advised me that the contraceptive pill I was on had a slightly higher increased risk of blood clots compared to many others so advised me to change to one with a slightly lower risk (all contraceptive pills pose this risk but the one I was on was considered to be that tiny bit more dangerous so they advised I change at some point). I changed over to a new pill last May and basically suffered with my skin ever since. The first one I tried didn’t agree with my skin at all and I broke out constantly so I changed again in November and I’ve been hoping since then that my current one will settle my hormones down and improve my skin! In the meantime, to cope with my problem skin at the moment, I thought I’d try Proactiv+ and give it a whirl to see if it’s worth the hype that all the tv adverts and online reviews say it lives up to.
I picked up the 60 day programme whilst it was on offer at boots. As far as I’m aware, boots is the only shop in the UK that sells it, other than the online site. It retails at £49.99 for the 60 day kit so it definitely is pricey but I got it for £37.50, whilst it had 25% off but it still is a big investment. Based off the online reviews, I thought that even though it was a big spend, it would be completely worth it if it had the amazing effects many people claim it has so I indulged and I’ve been using it every single day along with only one other skin care product (my Freederm Fast Track Spot Gel which treats the nasty spots that are active and sore) since the end of march.
So, speaking of my experience – It has to be said that I definitely didn’t notice an immediate change. I carried on getting breakouts and even now whilst I’m almost done with the kit, I can say I’m still getting breakouts which suggests to me that this just isn’t working all that faboulously for my hormone acne. This is possibly due to the fact it is caused by hormones so if you have other types of acne this might not be the case for you! Having said that though, I definitely will say that my skin overall is in much better condition – it doesn’t get dry or oily, it looks much brighter and feels just much much nicer and calmer – aside from the breakouts I’m still getting which is a disappointment for me because I really had high hopes of this working!! It also has done a great job of reducing my scars from my acne. Before I started this I had quite a lot of red discolouration and scarring from previous spots and this has been amazing at reducing the appearance of those and helping them heal.
Overall, I can definitely say my skin has massively improved. It has made my skin much brighter and balanced it out, although whether this is just because I’m using a simple routine morning and evening isn’t clear. I will confess I’ve never been one to wash my face with a cleanser both morning and night, I would wash it every morning but just use micellar water to take off my makeup in the evening so it wasn’t getting the deep clean it is right now with being exfoliated every morning and evening so this could be one reason why my skin feels more balanced. I will say that for me it hasn’t been worth the money though and I won’t be purchasing this again (I think) because although my breakouts have reduced slightly, I still wake up with new spots regularly which is a disappointment and still a problem for me. The spots that I do get definitely aren’t as ‘vicious’ as they would be previously would but they are still there and still cropping up so this isn’t the miracle ‘end acne’ product I thought it would be.
I don’t think that for me, I would buy proactiv+ again or continue the system but I will be on the look out for other products that contain salicylic acid – the active ingredient in these products – and I’m definitely going to invest in a cleanser I can use morning and night because I think that has made a huge difference.
I’m thinking of trying out the Effaclar Duo+ anti blemish cream by La Roche-Posay next so if anyone has tried and tested this please let me know how you’ve found it and I would be insanely grateful!
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