Success with ProActive or Anything Similar?

Updated on December 22, 2008
K.C. asks from Arlington, TX
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Since I quit breastfeeding my baby, I all the sudden have bumps all over my face and neck!! They are like little zits and are tempermental. I used to not be "religious" on my skin care, but since these have appeared I am faithfully cleaning and moisturizing my face 2 x's daily. Its not working. Has anyone used ProActive before and what was your experience? My skin is oily, but dry and sensitive...very combination!! When I was younger I had acne, but its been a LONG time since I have had this kind of break out and it won't go away! I have also considered maybe an allergic reaction, but to my knowledge I have not eaten anything new and my detergents are the same. Thanks for anything you can offer!

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T.L.

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Hi there-

I use Noxema skin wipes to clean my face and it really seems to work. If I run out and go a few days without using then I start getting small break outs... so I know it is helping.
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A.C.

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I used it and like the murad system much better.

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D.W.

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I used proactive and it cleared up my skin over time. You might be having hormones that are contributing to the problem. Proactive is good, I would recommend it.

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R.V.

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I've used ProActiv before but it over-dried my skin and bleached my washcloths and towels. I now use Zap It from Melaleuca and love it. Much less expensive than ProActiv too. You do need to have a Melaleuca membership to purchase (much like a Sam's or Costco membership, but they're an online store). Memberships are on sale for a dollar this month. If you're interested, I can set up your membership. My number is ###-###-####.

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H.M.

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I use Melaleuca's Zap It! It is great and very affordable! To get started with Zap It I think it is $15 or so and then the three different parts run out some faster than others. About every three months or so. Each part is around $5. It is good, safe and natural.

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J.I.

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It's hormones. Mine went nuts. My 11 year old and I both use pro-active. We love it.

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M.K.

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I use proactive and love it. But, beware... it will bleach out your towels. I ended up buying a pack of inexpensive washcloths to use with it.

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T.C.

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Hi there. I used ProActive several years ago, and I really liked it. I also tried a brand from Walmart that said "compare to ProActive," it was called AcneFree. And, in my experience, it was very similar and just as effective, not to mention a LOT less expensive! I hope this helps! Have a great day!

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M.C.

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I used ProActive for a while and it worked but then seemed to stop working. It was very drying...I think maybe it's meant more for teenage skin. I have found my skin reacts better to the Aveda sensitive skin line. Also they have an acne line called "Outer Peace." I like the toning pads in that line. My stepdad recommended going back on the pill to regulate the hormones that might be causing outbreaks but I'd rather not mess with that anymore.

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K.S.

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It's probably hormonal, but do yourself a favor and go see a dermatologist? It took me a good 20 years before I decided to go (or my doctor gave me a referral). My problem turned out to me a combination of adult acne and cystic rosacea. It was brought under control quickly and easily with a very low dose antibiotic taken at the start of an outbreak and a light colorless gel called Metrogel which can be worn under makeup.

The dermatologist can tell you right off what you're dealing with and how to manage it. I learned in the process that I had been scrubbing my face to get rid of oil that I thought was the problem when what I really needed to do was give my skin more moisture.

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M.R.

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I have used proactive in the past with GREAT results!! My skin is now too dry for it, and I use Mary Kay.

The only thing you have to watch out for with proactive is that it will bleach clothes, towels, pillowcases, etc.

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C.D.

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Hi K., I used ProActive for awhile a few years ago. It did help with the acne, but it was very drying. It also was very time consuming. I have now started using a Mary Kay product called TimeWise. I LOVE it. I use the 3in1 cleaner, and the moisturizer. My pores are much smaller, and my skin glows. I really recommend this product. I have never used Mary Kay until recently, but I think this is a product I will keep for a long time. Good Luck to you, I hope you find something that helps.

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F.H.

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I used ProActive to get rid of my breakouts but it started drying out my skin (normal skin-type). Then I switched to the Origins products. Their personnel know their products and the ingredients are safe for the environment. It's a little pricey but lasts a long time.

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R.J.

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I use ProActive and I am an African-American woman. It is the best thing since women's liberation! It makes my skin look like a baby's bottom. The cleanser, the toner, and the replenishing lotion is amazing! I then use Oil of Olay moisturizer with SPF 15 sunscreen in it for sensitive skin. Hope you try it. You will be glad you did.

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