Before I talk about Proactive's cons, I'd like to discuss the other free product I received with my shipment, which was the Refining Mask. I opted to get this one because I remembered seeing it in the commercials. Directions suggest applying it twice a week to your face after cleansing, letting it sit for ten minutes, and then washing it off and continue with steps two and three (toner and BP). The active ingredient in the mask is sulfur, but it doesn't smell that offensive. It definitely isn't hurting my skin, but it's too soon to tell if it's necessarily helping it. Today I thought my red marks didn't look so bad. For some reason my forehead is bumpy and I have one small whitehead/pustule on my left jaw but otherwise my skin is smooth.
I also purchased Dead Sea Cosmetics Facial Peeling Gel from Amazon for $23 (or around that price). Directions say to use it once a week. My skin is so soft after I use it! You rub the gel on your face and then keep rubbing as dead skin cells slough off. However, it is still very gentle. If you buy it at the mall they'll try to charge you $160 which is completely exorbitant. I'm going to use that again before I go.
So Proactiv's cons. The bottles are SO tiny. I have been using this stuff for just over a week, yet the toner is nearly half empty. I make an effort to be frugal with the BP and cleanser because I know those are the really important, medicated products. Besides the lack of salicylic acid the small bottle size is the only con, but it is an important one. Why can't they just make the bottles three times larger? MONEY! I'm positive the stuff isn't going to last me all nine weeks of boot camp. I definitely need to be putting something on my skin, though.
What I have learned during this journey is that I don't need to be using such harsh products, 10% BP and 2% SA. 2.5% BP and .5% SA do the trick just fine. So my plan is to find a 2.5% BP cleanser and a .5% SA toner, from the drugstore.
I leave for boot camp Tuesday morning, and then I won't have computer access for two months. I'm planning on keeping a boot camp blog by writing letters to my cousin which she will put online. If anyone wants to read my boot camp blog send me a message or write a comment here and I'll send you the url for the blog!