I am writing this to share about my experience finally quitting proactiv after 8 years of use and what then ensued- and what finally helped.
I am a 35 year old woman, with adult acne, who has had acne since the age of twelve. Severe at many points during my life, using accutane twice, all sorts of rx'd meds over the years, etc.
When I was about 27 I started proactiv. During the years being on it, I still had acne, bad at times, (horrible when your 35), but with my history I was dealing with it you know?
Okay, so I went to see a holistic doctor in September 2013...blah..blah...blah. She urged me to get off proactiv b/cause of its harmful effects on your skin, etc. So I did this because I was so hyped about all my positive health changes. I discontinued it in December 2013 and turned to natural products.
From December 2013 through late April 2013 I experienced the worst acne probably almost ever of my life. Horrendous, huge pimples, some cystic, all over my face. I literally hunkered at home, rarely left, called into work a couple times, became depressed, etc. I was close to going back on proactiv, I didn't know what else to do. During this time I was so distraught I sought crisis counseling, and saw a dermatologist who rx'd a bunch of medicines ( the stuff I was trying to get away from and didn't take them- she even said she would try me on accutane!). As stated, I avoided using the medications, not sure why, just wanted to get away from that form of treatment and attack on my face.
So I tried several natural products, thinking that with my new diet this would help. Nothing was helping. Eventually I came across the Evan Healy Line. Its a natural line, that has a product line just for acne. I began using it on 01/31/2013. Wash, moisturizer, hydration solution, blemish trmt stick, weekly exfoliating detox mask, etc.
My acne was still bad and not getting better. I called into Evan Healy's help line and emailed with them several times- not wanting to walk away from this good product that "felt right" and not wanting to get back on Proactiv.
They were so helpful, seriously. They explained having several customers discontinuing use of proactiv and having this type of flare up after, and that for many it took months before calming down. Essentially, they said because proactiv is not allowing your skin to detox and instead represses/pushes back inside what's trying to come out. (They explained it better than that). They urged me not to give up, that it was worth it- but that I had to get through this stage. The lady who helped me several times shared that she had a history of severe acne as well, and had herself struggled getting off proactiv.
I hung in there, something inside me knew I had to at least try. The flare ups continued through April. In May my face startled to settle somewhat, in June it seemed like it had purged the majority of what it needed to.
In July my face looked "normal" out in public. (normal to me). Lots of purple scars from all the pimples I had had, but as far as actual pimples, only a few (with some tiny flare ups still). And given the trauma of these past few months, I felt grateful for it- like I could at least be in public again without freaking out so that is why to me it felt "normal."
Its now August 2013, over 8 months since beginning this journey. Marks still fading, and definitely still have zits, but they seem fewer as time goes on and not huge anymore. I feel normal again. I'm afraid to type that, like it will jinx me. If you're like me, you know what I mean by that.
But I promised myself I would write this. I am very emotional thinking about these past 8 months plus and how painful it has been, especially the part of "not knowing" what is going to happen and how the nightmare will end. Coming off Proactiv is no joke, it will mess with you. But it is so bad for you and there are other ways out there. Honestly, I highly recommend Evan Healy.
Don't give up if you're in that hard phase!
If you have any questions about my story please feel free to ask.
All the Best and in Solidarity,
Edited by scaborca, 05 August 2013 - 11:53 PM.