A lot of people say how proactive is a scam and how it makes acne worse if you stop using it. Well, duh, of course acne would be worse if you stop using any acne product, because the thing about acne, is you have to use acne products consistently. I think that acne would come back after stopping the use of any benzoyl peroxide product. I started proactive about a year ago, and I stopped using it 3 months ago, and just started using it again (i stopped using it 3 months ago because I was travelling and didn't bring it with me). So yes, after I stopped using it, my face was a disaster. But I think that it's only because I didn't use ANY acne products for like a week, and washed my face once a day with regular soap. My face was a disaster, yes, and later on I got it in control with benzac ac 5%, which is the only thing I with BP that I could find while I was travelling out of country.
But I really think that any acne products require consistent use, and of course, if you quit, acne will probably come back (unless you grew out of it).
And also, I must admit, that I use a whole lot more of the repairing treatment than just a "thin layer". I use a moderate amount of it, just like Dan recommends (using benzoyl peroxide).
Also, the toner has glycolic acid, which is an AHA and helps give the skin a clear texture and sometimes even helps white heads. I'm not sure about the cleanser though, because right now I also started experimenting with oxy 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser to see if that would be more effective than the proactiv 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cleanser. I also am experimenting with 2% salicylic acid cleansers right now and combining them with proactiv toner and repairing treatment.
I don't order proactiv on their site; I buy it at the mall. They actually have a little stand at my mall and I can buy proactiv for cash, and they have a person there recommending how to use proactiv and stuff. So I'm not just buying it from a machine, and I'm not ordering it online. If you want to get proactiv, be sure to check their website for their selling locations. It might be at a mall near you, and that way you can get it right away in person instead of ordering it and having them bill you every month.
I wouldn't recommend ordering on their website, but if you have to order it online, just order it from amazon. That way you won't get billed extra or anything.
And I recommend using more of the repairing treatment on your face than they recommend. Use a moderate amount of the repairing treatment.
Also, a good thing is, is that it doesn't really dry my face. I know a lot of people say that it dries their face, but idk, it doesn't dry mine. Perhaps my face got used to 5% benzac ac over the summer (and that did dry my face), and now my face is relaxing because proactiv has only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. But, I remember when I used it in may and the whole year last year, I did not really need to put on any moisturizer at all. maybe only occasionally.
I think this is because the repairing treatment combines benzoyl peroxide with moisturizer. Idk though. Might work for some but not for others. Here is my recommendation on proactiv:
Not sure about the cleanser. You could try it. Other cleansers may be more effective, but really depends on your skin. Try experimenting with the cleanser, if you don't like it, then experiment with other cleansers.
Toner is good. I like it because it has glycolic acid and might help get rid of white heads and black heads. Also helps even out skin tone.
Repairing treatment is great, because it has moisturizer mixed with benzoyl peroxide, and it is effective for me. Doesn't dry my skin out, but everyone is different. Use more than they recommend though, use a moderate amount of repairing treatment on your face.
Proactiv has cleared my face before, and I am starting to use it again after a summer of using other treatments.
I have mild/moderate acne by the way. When I'm not using acne treatments, it's obviously moderate, but when I am using acne treatments, it is mild.