30 Day Proactiv Challenge

You know how when you hit puberty everybody warns you about the changes your body will go through and how you’ll grow out of the awkwardness, and the crazy hormonal mood swings, and the acne? Well, everybody lied. At least, in my case, when it comes to acne, there was no growing out of it. There was also no respite from it during pregnancy (did you get the magical pregnancy glow? Because I most certainly did not). I’ve tried tea tree oil; I’ve tried honey and baking soda; I’ve tried some acne wash systems from the local store; I’ve tried switching to mineral make-up. But still the acne won’t go away (the mineral make-up really does make a difference, but it only does so much). Which is why I signed myself up for the 30-day Proactiv Challenge (with a giveaway for YOU, details below).
I’ll be using a new 3-step system:

The 3-Step System: Designed for daily use in the prevention and treatment of blemishes, it gently cleanses and exfoliates while targeting blemish-causing bacteria in the pores.
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser: A unique oil-free formula, with exclusive micro-crystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide, that contains smooth, tiny beads to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and other impurities.
Step 2: Revitalising Toner: A refreshing, alcohol-free toner with glycolic acid that helps balance skin tone and remove dead skin cells to reveal the vital, radiant skin beneath. Its special formulation to balance skin’s natural acids includes witch hazel to refine and purify pores and aloe and chamomile to soothe and soften.
Step 3: Repairing Treatment: A light, oil-free lotion containing exclusive microcrystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide. The Repairing Treatment penetrates deep into the pore to help heal blemishes and help prevent future breakouts. The advanced delivery system is safe for the entire face and any other blemish-prone areas.

The new exclusive micro-crystal pharmaceutical-grade benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is refined to be small enough to penetrate pores and help clear blemishes, without causing irritation. These finely milled particles allow the medicines to work quickly and more effectively than ever before. The new 3-Step System (Renewing Cleanser, Revitalising Toner and Repairing Treatment) are the same proprietary and effective formulas as Original Proactiv, with the same luxury skin-care ingredients – only the active ingredient (BPO) has been improved. New Proactiv also has the same great texture and fragrance as Original Proactiv.

Okay, let’s be honest: I’m really not interested in all that “fancy new formula sciencey-stuff blah blah blah.”  What interests me is what my skin is going to look like 30 days after my package arrives. If you have adult acne you probably understand completely that after a while results are all you care about. I’d rub my face on a smelly cow flank every day if I thought it would give me clear skin. So I’m going to find out if this suped-up new system walks the walk. I’ll keep you up to date on Twitter (under the hashtag #NewProactiv), and at the end of the 30 days I’ll post my final results here on the blog.
In the meantime I’d love to hear your experiences with Proactiv. Have you tried it? Did you like it? Most importantly, did it work? Do you want to try it? Why? Tell me in the comments, and if you’re a Canadian resident you’ll be entered to win a full size, Proactiv Green Tea Moisturizer (valued at $33 CAD). Contest is open through December 17th. You must leave your e-mail address in your comment. You may enter this contest on the blogs of other bloggers doing the 30 day challenge, but you can only win once. I will choose a total of 5 winners via Random.org!


Now closed to entries. 


Disclosure – I am participating in the New Proactiv Canada program hosted by Mom Central on behalf of Guthy-Renker. I received a 30-day trial kit and a gift card as thank you for my participation. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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12 Responses to 30 Day Proactiv Challenge

  • We have been using the spot treatment for over a year and love it! Anyone tho that visits the USA tho they have vending machines with the procative in it and it is super duper cheaper than here in Canada!

  • I gotta tell you that ProActive is the only thing that works for me. I had horrible acne during pregnancy, and middle age brought on scads of cystic acne pimples that were extraordinarily painful. ProActive did the trick. I also have found that since I went gluten and dairy free, my complexion has improved a lot. Best wishes – I sympathize with your plight!!!

  • Kami says:

    I really liked Proactiv but -
    ~be really careful because it will bleach everything you touch. I tried really hard to only use white towels and wash my hands really well after using the Proactiv and still have bleach streaks on a few of my towels.
    ~It also makes my skin dry and sensitive, so I told them to stop sending me stuff because I can only use it about every other day to make my skin not hurt and they try sending me too much and after the trial period it’s more expensive.

    And they weren’t very nice to me when I told them I wanted to cancel. “It will be more expensive when you come back!” they threatened. But I’ve gotten approximately 29382871 emails and letters in the mail, begging me to come back and offering me special deals. I’m still not through the stuff that was only supposed to last until July, but … hey … I’m up for doing it again.

    LOVES. GOOD LUCK. I HATE ACNE TOO.

  • Liz says:

    I tried proactive about 10 years ago and I have to say it did not work for me. I have super sensitive skin and it burned and made me red and blotchy. but hey it’s worth a try right? I actually have found tht the only thing that has made my skin clear is when I get my thyroid medicine dosed right. Now if I could just get my doctor to stop switching it around and listen to me that would be great!

  • Erin says:

    Hello . . . found your blog via Tatertots and Jello. I used Proactiv years and years ago. I remember it working, but my face being very dry. Now, the doctors of Proactiv have a new Rodan & Fields line of cleansers. After my last baby, I started using the Anti-blemish line and love it! My face is a little dry so I’ll be adding their Reverse as my morning routine with anti-blemish in the evenings. Everyone I know that uses any of their lines loves them.

  • Nicole says:

    I did not get acne until I moved from NYC to KY at the age of 26, and it’s been a battle in the 6 years since (As I sit here with toothpaste on my face. haha). I used ProActive for about a year and it helped a lot for most of that year. It did dry my skin out, especially in the winter. Then it stopped working, not sure if my skin became immune to it (if that’s even possible). When I tried to cancel I had problems and I sent one shipment back and they claimed to have never received it. I haven’t tried it since.

    Good Luck!

    Nicole
    http://www.theromanticseamstress.blogspot.com

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