Introducing ProactivMD. New for 2017.
Whether you’re even remotely interested in skincare or have been dealing with acne-prone skin since adolescence, you’ve heard of the now legendary, acne fighting skincare company, Proactiv. Proactiv is a skincare company that popped up in the mid 90’s and took the home skincare treatment space. Proactive became famous with its three-step skincare system, an infomercial campaign, and a host of glowing Proactiv reviews. Over two decades later, Proactiv continues to be one of the namesake skincare brands with a new, updated acne system along with a number of supporting Proactiv products.
The Proactive Skincare System
The original Proactiv skincare system launched over 20 years ago as one of the first brands to approach acne based skincare from a prevention standpoint. The mission of the Proactiv skincare system was to not only clear acne breakouts but to actually prevent the breakouts from ever occurring. This original Proactiv skincare system took a simple three-step regimen, designed to be used twice daily, to reset the skin’s natural cycle, therefore preventing acne from ever occurring. The Proactiv skincare system would essentially kill bacteria, disrupt the acne cycle, and improve the appearance of the skin.
After many years of success, Proactiv launched Proactive+; the same promising skincare system infused with an advanced Smart Target technology. This technology works within the Proactiv + system to target the areas of the skin where acne is most likely to start and focus the concentration of medication there. The Proactiv + system works to not only treat and prevent acne, but also helps to improve the appearance of pores, even the complexion, and fade dark spots. With Proactiv +, the brand is able to go beyond your traditional skincare and acne treatment and truly help to transform the appearance, feel, and health of the skin.
Proactiv Skincare Products
As mentioned, the Proactiv skincare system consists of three steps. Those steps are to cleanse, treat, and repair the skin. In this Proactiv review, we’ll go through each of the steps and their products to get an in-depth look at how they work both separately, and as parts of the Proactiv skincare system.
1. CLEANSE: The first step in the Proactiv skincare system is to cleanse the skin with the Proactiv Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. The Proactiv Cleanser works to deep clean the skin and combat acne. This exfoliating Proactiv cleanser is noncomedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores, and promises to work well on all skin types. It’s formulated with the main ingredient in the Proactiv line, benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is used in this Proactiv cleanser (and many other acne fighting products) to combat the bacteria that causes acne. Inside this Proactiv cleanser, you’ll also find glycolic acid which is a penetrating acid that is able to get deep into pores to remove dirt, oils, and impurities from the skin. The Proactiv Skin Smooth Exfoliator also contains exfoliating beads which help to gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. Since this Proactiv cleanser contains additives that can be particularly drying to the skin, there is the special addition of a humectant blend that helps to restore moisture.
2. TREAT: The second step in the Proactive skincare system is to treat the skin with the Proactiv Pore Targeting Treatment. This Proactiv treatment works to target pores that are prone to acne breakouts with the brand’s Smart Target Technology. It’s a noncomedogenic, lightweight, and paraben-free treatment that like the cleanser, is formulated with benzoyl peroxide to kill all acne causing bacteria. Inside of the Proactiv Pore Targeting Treatment is also a healthy dose of hydrating glycerin that works to deeply moisturize the skin. And finally, the Proactiv Pore Targeting Treatment works to combat the dryness and irritation that frequently comes along with acne breakouts and subsequent treatments.
3. REPAIR: The third step in the Proactiv skincare system is to repair the skin with the Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. The Proactiv Complexion Perfecting Hydrator works to brighten, moisturize, condition, and the nourish the skin in one powerful formulation. You’ll find a number of natural based ingredients like brightening kojic acid and licorice extract which works to decrease hyperpigmentation. This Proactiv moisturizer is also formulated with powerful acne fighting ingredient salicylic acid. The salicylic acid works within the Proactiv moisturizer to gently exfoliate the skin and clear pores while reducing redness and oiliness. With the Proactiv moisturizer, you’re able to combat acne and improve the complexion simultaneously.
It’s no secret that Proactiv has been a major force in the skincare world. For the past two decades, Proactiv has been the go-to acne fighting regimen that people turn to. With numerous rewards under their belt, it almost goes without asking, “so does it work”? But, if you’ve ever had this question, this complete Proactiv review should be able to provide the answers you’ve been looking for. We’ll go through each product and give a Proactiv review that touches on both the positive and negative aspects of the item.
Proactiv Review of Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
The Proactiv reviews of this cleanser highlight the gentle exfoliation provided by the microbeads and the deep cleaning offered by the glycolic acid. Both of these additives within the Proactiv cleanser help to prevent acne breakouts from occurring by keeping pores clear and continuously removing dead skin cells. Other Proactiv reviews on the other side of the spectrum are less than impressed with the basic ingredients found within the cleanser. The benzoyl peroxide and other ingredients are the same that can be found in any general acne treatment. Also, the addition of silicones within the Proactiv cleanser have been the source of negative Proactiv reviews.
Proactiv Review of Pore Targeting Treatment
The Proactiv reviews of this treatment are generally more positive than the cleanser. On the whole, users are pleased with the effectiveness of this treatment along with its fast-absorbing and hydrating properties. There are a couple of Proactiv reviews that note the again, basic ingredients, but that has not taken away from the quality of the product.
Proactiv Review of Complexion Perfection Hydrator
The Proactiv reviews of this moisturizer are some of the most conflicted. Many people who have used the Proactiv moisturizer have had complaints that it isn’t very hydrating for those with very dry skin types. On the other hand, there are a number of Proactiv reviews that appreciate the ingredients found within this daily moisturizer (except for the silicone additions). For what it’s worth, this Proactiv moisturizer works for those with normal skin types.
The overall Proactiv review is that it’s a pretty solid skincare system with gentle products that work well on the skin. If you have particularly dry skin, however, this may be a bit drying. All other skin types should be able to use the Proactiv system and achieve some degree of success.
The New ProacivMD
Proactiv MD is the newest acne system created by the revolutionary skincare brand Proactiv. Similar to its predecessors, Proactiv MD is an acne skincare regimen that consists of complimentary products designed to work together to aggressively combat acne and clear blemishes. Instead of the traditional three step, three product regimen like the original Proactiv and Proactiv+ systems, Proactiv MD contains three steps, and four products including an over-the-counter FDA approved retinoid, the first in over three decades.
Proactiv MD works to fight acne at the cellular level which enables it to not only clear breakouts but prevents future acne breakouts from occurring. With the Proactiv MD acne regimen, the focus is on cleansing the skin to remove all bacteria and impurities, toning to restore balance, moisturizing to keep skin hydrated and protected, and applying the over-the-counter retinoid to effectively clear skin. With daily use, Proactiv MD promises to help clear pores, balance the complexion, and diminish the signs of redness and irritation.
The Proactiv MD Acne Essentials System
The Proactiv MD Essentials Systems consists of four products designed to be used both morning and night. The Proactiv MD acne system works best on all skin types including sensitive and acne prone. While the Proactiv MD system is specially crafted to aggressively fight acne, those with minor acne breakouts may not benefit from the system. The same goes for those with more serious acne conditions.
The first product in the Proactiv MD Essentials System is the Deep Cleansing Face Wash. This Proactiv MD cleanser works primarily to deep clean the skin and unclog the pores. Inside the Proactiv MD Deep Cleansing Wash are gentle exfoliating beads that help to remove dead skin cells. This exfoliation process allows the Proactiv MD cleanser to restore the skin’s texture and even the complexion while preparing it for the Proactiv MD adapalene retinoid. The Proactiv MD Deep Cleansing Wash is strong enough to get deep into pores helping to visibly reduce their size, but is gentle to use the recommended twice daily without causing irritation.
The second product in the Proactiv MD Essentials System is the Balancing Toner. This Proactiv MD toner works to restore balance in the skin including the pH. The Proactiv MD Balancing toner also focuses on removing any leftover dirt or impurities that may have remained after cleansing, while helping to balance oil production as well.
The third Proactiv MD acne product is the Daily Oil Control Moisturizer with SPF 30. This multitasking daily Proactiv MD moisturizer works to hydrate the skin while offering a healthy dose of sun protection with the addition of SPF 30. And even with its moisturizing properties, the Proactiv MD daily moisturizer is fast absorbing and oil-free so it doesn’t leave behind any shine or greasy feel to skin after use.
It’s the final step within the Proactiv MD Essentials System which differentiates this system from the other systems within the Proactiv family. The Proactiv MD Adapalene gel is the first over-the-counter retinoid available to consumers in the past 30 years. Proactiv MD adapalane is a retinoid that is applied on the skin to quickly and effectively clear acne breakouts. Proactiv MD adapalene also works to unclog pores to remove blackheads and whiteheads while preventing them from occurring in the future. While the focus of the Proactiv MD Adapalene gel is to clear acne, in doing so, it also helps to relieve other symptoms that accompany breakouts. The Proactiv MD adapalene gel visibly reduces redness and inflammation as well, leaving behind healthier, even toned skin.
The Proactive MD Acne Regimen
The Proactiv MD acne regimen consists of three steps every morning and evening. The great thing about the Proactiv MD system is its simplicity and ease of use taking only a few minutes of your time each day. We’ll take you through each step and which products to use including when to use the Proactiv MD adapalene gel.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
This step in the Proactiv MD acne regimen should be done both in the morning when you first wake up and in the evening to wash off any makeup, dirt, or impurities that may have built up during the day. Remember the Proactiv MD daily cleanser is gently exfoliating so massaging the cleanser into skin in circular motions will help to remove dead skin while getting deep into the pores. Be sure to avoid the eyes and rinse clean.
STEP 2: TONE
You’ll apply the Proactiv MD toner directly after cleansing the skin. This step in the Proactiv MD system should be done twice daily as well and is best applied with a cotton ball all over the skin. Before you move onto the third step in the Proactiv MD system, it’s important to allow the toner to dry so wait a minute or two before applying the next Proactiv MD treatment.
STEP 3 AM: MOISTURIZE
During your morning routine, after toning you’ll follow up with the Proactiv MD daily moisturizer. As this Proactiv MD moisturizer is doubling as a sunscreen, you’ll want to apply generously as well as carry with you if you plan to be outside in the sun for extended periods of time. The Proactiv MD daily moisturizer should only be used every morning and should not be applied at night.
STEP 3 PM: ADAPALENE GEL
The Proactiv MD adapalene gel is the last step in your Proactiv MD evening routine. A little Proactiv MD adapalene gel goes a long way so you’ll only need a tiny amount to use all over your face. Remember, the Proactiv MD Adapalene is a retinoid so you want to start off conservative to ensure skin reacts well.
Proactiv MD Reviews
Proactiv MD joins a long history of success in the Proactiv family of acne solutions. And the addition of Proactiv MD Adapalene would seem to be the perfect upgrade to an already highly effective system. According to Proactiv, you may begin seeing improvements in the appearance of your skin as soon as the first week. It’s also possible to have a bit of reaction to Proactiv MD at first, but it should clear up as you continue. During the second and third weeks of use, it’s common to start feeling the effects of the Proactiv MD adapalene gel. This is generally where Proactiv MD reviews mention dry and uncomfortable skin which is common when introducing a retinoid. Keep skin hydrated and this will past by the fourth week of using the Proactiv MD system. By weeks five and six, the results of Proactiv MD should be clear. You should see a reduction in acne and start experiencing clearer skin. Many Proactiv MD reviews agree that skin begins to look better at this stage, however, it’s important to realize that this is only the beginning. In order for the skin to remain clear, you must continue to use the Proactiv MD system after the initial six weeks.
When it comes to consumer Proactiv MD reviews, it’s interesting to note that they are extremely varied. The Proactiv MD system seems to be one of those products where results vary from person to person and could even be heavily dependent on personal preference. For those who have enjoyed the system, common Proactiv MD reviews particularly love the cleanser and toner in this system. These Proactiv MD reviews also credit the Proactiv MD adapalene for helping to clear skin in as little as two weeks. Other Proactiv MD reviews, however, from people who have been less than pleased tend to go one of two ways. Either the Proactiv MD reviews are that there is virtually no difference between this system and the others or, that one of the previous systems are more preferable. Overall, it’s safe to say that the Proactiv MD system has promise and is a great addition to the Proactive family but, it’s definitely one that you’ll have to try for yourself.