I used the original formula of Proactiv from the age of 14 to 26...12 years! During that time, I also took two rounds of Accutane, antibiotics, etc - it appeared that only the harsh, invasive treatments helped to heal my stubborn acne. Then, I had to have an emergency appendectomy in October of 2012, which threw my entire system for a loop, especially my skin. My acne continued to worsen, and because of my health scare, I went on an "all-natural, all organic" kick, and quit using Proactiv. I then developed some of the most painful, cystic acne I had ever had in my life.
In response to the overload of scholarly literature that details direct connections between diets that include gluten, dairy, and processed foods, I cut these items from my daily routine the beginning of this month (February 2013). In just a few days I saw the inflammation and redness from my acne decrease; however, after 2 weeks, my acne was not magically gone, just reduced. But I still felt encouraged, as I had not seen a reduction in acne since October 2012!
My mom had heard about Proactiv+, and because it is paraben-free and more moisturizing, I decided to give it a go. They guarantee that if you don't see dramatic results within 60 days, you can return the bottles, even if they are empty, for a full refund. So I reasoned that this is a win-win solution for me, where I have nothing to lose but my acne if it's a successful treatment. It's not the all-natural, all-organic approach I would prefer; however, self-confidence is paramount in my business/occupation, and I have unfortunately suffered the effects of low self-esteem and depression during this period, to which I'm sure many of you can relate. I've been using it for 5 full days, and I am noticing EXTREME differences in the size of my acne. My cystic acne has shrunk, white heads have decreased, the pain is nearly subsided, and my acne is easier to cover using makeup. I have promised myself that I will stick to my gluten-free and dairy-free diet (but I do still eat eggs) in addition to the twice daily routine of Proactiv+ for the next 8 weeks. I will report back Wednesday, April 17th with before and after pictures to visualize the results of this lifestyle change for all of you.
I have desperately been searching Proactiv+ reviews online. Since it is a brand new product, I suppose I may have to be one of the first to spread the word. Like I said before, so far I'm enjoying the results, and I have found this product to be successful. I hope I have inspired you to treat your acne holistically, from the inside-out. What you put into your body is just as significant as what you put onto your skin, and choosing safe, effective products is just as important as choosing healthy foods that your unique body can digest. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Why have we as a society written off the effects of our diet on our largest organ? We know that drinking too much alcohol ruins your liver. In people with acne, it is highly likely that, in addition to requiring a more intense BPO treatment, our diet has much to do with our digestive health and, in turn, our skin health.
God bless you all, and best wishes on your journey!