Acne/Breakouts, Skin Care

Katy Perry is a fan of Proactive – What do you think?

Katy Perry is the new face of Proactive. She announced on Twitter recently that she puts her clear skin down to their products.

I have never tried any of their products so I’m afraid I can’t offer my tuppence worth this time around. If you have tried anything from their range please let me know your thoughts in the comments section. I would love to hear what you think and whether you recommend them.

Anyway, back to Katy…

“Since I started using Proactiv Solution, I have seen a massive change in my face and my confidence. I really believe in Proactiv Solution and I think, if I know that answer, I should tell you, “I’ve got a secret, here’s the secret, please take it!”.

Some more information on Proactive:

Proactiv Solution is a three-step solution to clear skin. It comprises a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and mask all designed to treat skin with acne. The cleanser is made with salysic acid – featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores to start killing skin bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.

The alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil. Soothing botanical agents gently balance skin tone. The repairing lotion hydrates skin while helping to prevent new breakouts. There is a day and a night lotion. The refining mask cleans deeply.

Proactiv Anti Blemish 4 piece kit                           €49.80
Proactiv Daily Oil Control                                        €14.95
Proactiv Oil-Free Moisturiser with SPF 15           €19.90
Proactiv Refining Mask                                            €14.9o

Have you tried Proactive? What are your thoughts?

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  • Amanda

    All I can say is TRY IT!

    I began using Proactiv 5 years ago and I absolutely looooove the stuff! I read all of the posts and I think that its easy to over scrub your face when using the cleanser. I think my skin is slightly sensitive and I’ve never had a bad reaction to it. I use the 3 steps maybe twice a week now that my skin has cleared up. I’ve NEVER had such perfect skin!
    I think you should definitely try it, what if it’s your miracle product!? It’s definitely mine! I always have it on hand.
    Oh, also, there’s a brand called “Acne Free” that make a copy of Proactiv. I think i might get that stuff when my Proactiv runs out. It’s MUCH cheaper!
    Hope this helps :)

  • Alma

    Having red about your skin type, I wouldnt touch that for anything in the world. Using products for specific skin type (in this case acne) it will only make the skin to over produce more sebum in order for it to regain the balance, hence more spots. I personally believe in good eating habits and proper cleansing at least EVERY night, and not necessarly with acne products. And another reason for which I wouldnt buy that product is because of the spoke person. Cant stand her.

  • amanda

    Hey girls, I’m from ohio, u.s. and I can tell you that my v. slightly oily, sensitive skin hates proactive!! I never had bad skin, just small white and black heads from makeup and oily skin during my teens. I tried proactive and it made me very red, patchy, dry and uncomfortable. My skin went from pretty good to very bad in a week of use, and I am convinced it would have done damage if I hadn’t quit using it. Now all I use is neutrogena calming 2% salicylic acid cleanser (green bottle) and a drop of tea tree oil in my evening moisturizer/ as a spot treatment. This routine has made all of MY issues dissappear and is cheap, cheap, cheap. Good luck!

  • Trish

    Proactive was too harsh for me. It had my poor petal skin limping away to lick it’s wounds.

  • Tracey

    Littlemisssunshine makes a good point…i was wondering why you hadnt mentioned it contains BP. Its the main reason why i never bothered…i mean your paying lolly wallys for benzoyl peroxide and aspirin?? Just buy benzoyl peroxide over the counter. I have used it, and its good. Thou my skin has been perfect recently. The only new things im using at the moment is LUSH Full of Grace serum overnight and Yves Rocher Cure Solutions 24-hour antioxidant serum (i got this free in a christmas promotion, its normally about 25 euro). I have to say…im liking the effects of natural antioxidant serums. They are usually expensive, but whatever they do, my skin is acne free for some weeks now.

    • Amy

      Hi Tracey – I didn’t list the ingredients as it wasn’t a review, I haven’t tried it personally so I was wondering what you ladies thought of it. It has been enlightening :)

  • Michelle S

    Proactiv was a big no no for me. I have ridiculously sensitive skin and I had to learn the hard way that one of the key ingredients I was highly allergic to was salicylic acid!! I never had acne as a teenager and late last year I just seemed to break out very suddenly (I still blame Mac Select foundation as it was the only thing I had changed about my skin care and makeup). It was devastating as I got big cystic acne and nothing I did or used helped, including Proactiv. I eventually copped on to myself and saw a doctor who put me on 2 months of the antibiotic Tetralysal.

    My skin has just about recovered but I have some bad acne scarring as a result which rules out the sheer dewy finish look for my wedding later this year. And the moral of the story – Proactiv is not for the sensitive skinned!!

  • Krista

    Last time I saw a Proactiv commercial the spokeswoman was Jennifer Love Hewitt. Yes, because when I think of someone who has always had bad skin I think of JLH *eye roll*

  • ri

    i really think that acne comes from within. hormones, eating habits, lifestyle, intollerance for something etc etc etc, so i don’t really believe in such products. they might work temporaly, but often after the zits come back. my skin got better when i started using extremely GENTLE products. ultra gentle face wash, natural aloe cream or often i use natural oils for moisturizing my skin, do natural masks etc.
    and as for katy perry. i think she has always had a pretty perfect skin and is only making money from this camapaing…. :S

  • Cathy

    I went on a J1, travelling the US two summers ago and purchased the proactive kit while i was there. I didnt really have bad skin at the time, just the odd blemish and after seeing adverts on tv with jessica simpson and the like, i was sucked in and i thought this would be my saviour and give me the flawless skin i so desired. unfortunately it didnt really work for me. i didnt break out or anything, but i just felt the condition of my skin was slightly worse (although that could have been down to the student J1 lifestyle…. :) it certainly didnt improve my skin anyways. honestly though, i think its like all products, works for some, not for others. my skin changes all the time depending on time of year, diet and lifestyle , etc. x

  • Sarah

    I tried proactive a few months ago and thought it was TERRIBLE. I have combination skin, quite dry on the forehead but oily on my chin and had of course seen all the ads on the TV for this and thought it was worth a shot. My skin used to be very sensitive but in the last year or so has become okay again. This proactive the minute I put it on burned the face off me. The amount of chemicals in it is the cause and its just not nice. It didn’t help with my skin in the least and just made it even more dry and flaky. Also didnt like the fact that once you buy it once they have you on a list and charge you every 6 weeks and send you out a new kit. Had to contact them twice to ensure they didnt charge me again.
    As a positive to this story after that I finally caved and took my mums original advice and try nimue light cleanser and moisturiser and thank god, it is amazing! My skin is soft, nicely moisturised and clear. It is pricey but with the pump container it lasts FOREVER. It also has the same pH as our skin so doesn’t mess with sensitive skin.

  • ShellBell

    I tried my brothers and I hated it, I have dry sensitive skin, and in my teens I had terrible acne too. I thought it was awful. But depends what skin you have!

  • LittleMissSunshine

    Just to be aware – ProActiv in Ireland and the UK is based upon Salicylic Acid. The American one is based on Benzoyl Peroxide. I have tried both and I have to say the Salicylic Acid one was pretty pathetic. However, I am absolutely indebted to the BA ProActiv…it’s fantastic. I was TOTALLY cynical about some “miraculous” American skincare range…the commercials are v. cheesy. A few years ago, I got a kit from a relative who had been in the US who knew I’d been struggling with my skin and told me to try it. I thought it was lovely of her, but presumed it wouldn’t work. I had tried pretty much everything in Ireland including UV acne treatment, the contraceptive pill, Dermalogica, Guinot, the Carter Clinic and an antibiotic (Minocin).
    I would highly recommend Benzoyl Peroxide. In Zeba (behind BT) you an get a range called Danné which sells Benzoyl Peroxide lotion and I’ve sworn by using the ProActiv Renewing Cleanser (2.5% BP) along with the BP 5% twice a day …It smells strange and isn’t an appealing cleanser to use..However, clear smooth skin is totally worth it. It really is a fantastic treatment for acne. Although it can cause redness and irritation, people constantly comment on my skin.

  • Eva

    My sister had quite oily skin and lots of acne and she used Proactiv for about a year and found somewhat good results, (most of the acne cleared away but would return periodically, however the refining masked cleared it up in about a day when that happened.) Her positive results inspired me to give it a try. In hindsight I probably used it without much of a need as I only ever really got breakouts around my chin during my period or a random spot here and there. I have an oily T-zone with a proneness for drying out in other areas around my face and when I used Proactiv, it caused me to break out TERRIBLY all over my forehead. Some people said that was normal and you have to wait it out so I continued to use it for a couple of months. It didnt go away and I basically spent the next three years or so off of Proactiv trying to get rid of my self inflicted forehead acne!! So, I know this is a weird experience and it probably won’t happen to most people but it did happen to me.

  • sinead_fire

    I have used pro-active for 7 years and love it! I would highy recommend it

  • Ashley Tiernan

    I have tried Proactive a few years ago and when I was using it it was very good. My brother had acne very bad all over his face and he used it for a long time and it really helped him too. I am thinking I might buy it again because my skin is looking so bad these days. Since I moved to Ireland my skin has got acne again. :( I think it is a lack of sun shine why my skin is so bad.

  • Kat

    Hi Amy!

    I tried the refining mask, and had a horrible reaction to it. My skin never reacts to anything, it’s been desensitized by years of harsh acne products.

    I used it like I do any mask: gently cleanse and exfoliate before, apply to damp skin and leave for 10 mins. It didn’t burn or sting while on. But a few mins after I washed it off, my cheeks became red and itchy and my skin peeled off them for a week after. It was horrible.

    I found it again a few months later, and tried it cautiously on a small patch of my cheek and had no reaction. I’ve used it every now and again since, and it is quite good at bringing out impurities.

    So I’d recommend anyone who’s gonna try it to do a patch test first!

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