Proactiv Solution Gentle Formula Reviews

Proactiv Solution Gentle Formula
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Better than the original but company has problems

Like many here, I tried the original kit for a while. I was never really satisfied with the results but felt that at least I was doing SOMETHING as opposed to just letting acne rule/ruin my life. But I always felt that my skin was just not reacting well to the product - it felt really extremely dry all the time, no matter whether I moisturized or not, my skin always felt more inflamed especially around the breakouts and sometimes, it would make my face sting. I just learned to accept it I guess. I was reading somewhere about alternatives to proactive when I first read about salicylic acid. I honestly had no idea whether or not they had a line using that instead of benzoyl. So after more research and finding this, I got it and was immediately impressed. All of the irritation that I had had for years using the original formula was gone instantly. My skin did experience a period that I thought it was getting better but it never got all the way clear. But after seeing the change using salicylic instead of benzoyl, I had hope for the first time in years and I got more into the process. I called them to talk to them, see what they could recommend to get the clearing to stop plateauing and I was wholly unimpressed with their level of customer service. Not one seemed to really care about me - not to sound whiney. I was calling looking for direction, and all I felt was that they were ultimately trying to sell me more and more stuff I didn't need. And frankly, I didn't get the impression that the customer service people even knew anything about skin. Which seems like an essential thing at a skin care company, doesn't it?? I was in a mode and got into the research, talked to a bunch of people on forums and everyone was pretty much against proactive for varying reasons. I searched out alternatives and found a couple but man! it is hard to do this on your own. So I went with the one that had the best customer service reviews - Ninja. And I have to say, the customer service combined with their super potent product and I have finally achieved the skin I never even knew I could have. I now use their gentle cleanser in the morning and at night and then apply a layer of their Salicylic 3 before bed and then another layer in the am below my sunscreen. I have never had better skin. I am really happy I did the legwork and finally got my dream skin. Proactive is an easy choice, I think, because it is like the only name people know about these days for acne. it is plastered all over the place. But I don't think that their products are the most effective and I don't think that as a company they have your honest best interests in mind. My take at least.

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Switching to Gentle Formula

I have used the regular Proactive products for many years(over 10 yrs), and have always loved them. I started purchasing/using in my early 20's, and I am now thirty-seven. I will admit, I use other products in between(NOT other acne products, just other skincare, as my skin allows), as I tend to use the Proactive when I'm having a breakout issue, usually during times of hormonal fluctuation. If I;m not having a breakout, I still use it once or twice per week, as honestly, Ijust LOVE the way it makes my skin feel. For those who may not know, Proactive is known to work better on acne caused by hormones, not on cystic acne, although some do find that it helps with that as well. I guess I use Proactive more as a 'medication', because I really feel that that is what it is. I know that most ppl who use it, use it all the time, but I just do what works for me. I have always used the 'original' formula, as my skin has always been combo/oily, however, at my age, my skin is changing some...still have the breakouts, but much less oil. The last three yrs or so have been rough on my hormones as well as my skin. This may be t.m.i for some of y'all, but I am scheduled for a complete hysterectomy in a few days, and I expect to have breakouts as well as other changes in my skin. I have ordered the Proactive Gentle System to prepare for these changes, as well as to start moving away from the stronger medications, i.e. benzoyl peroxide. I fully expect it to be wonderful, but I will post back regarding the new system.

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Shady company - beware

Be careful buying any proactive product! they "automatically" enroll you in a continuity program, refuse to credit your card back for product you didn't order and are stuck shipping and paying for shipment. If it's such a great product, why do they have to push it on you and make it impossible to discontinue? Buy the target equivalent, pay less and don't deal with questionable business practices

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Guest Mark
Guest Mark

Even tone & blemish free Cost I have been dealing with sporadic acne through most of my adult life. I would generally see light acne along my hairline and experienced persistently shiny skin. I attempted to use the standard Proactiv system but due to my fair and sensitive skin it caused severe redness and irritation. When I called to return the product they sent a gentle skin kit free of charge. It works great. I have never had such even unblemished skin!

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Guest Amanda
Guest Amanda

It works!! I used the regular formula, however, it caused my face to turn red and peel after a week of using the product. When i call to ask about it they sent me free of charge the gentle formula. I LOVE IT!!. It absolutley worked. The only thing i cannot use is the refining mask, makes my face very oily.

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Guest Anon
Guest Anon

does not leave skin sore and red like the regular Proactiv Works! Expensive (have to call to order) I'm wondering if most of the people before me thought that they're reviewing the regular Proactiv ?? This Gentle Formula (use Salicylic Acid instead of Benzoyl Peroxide) does not burn or dry out your skin like the regular Proactiv does. I use to use the regular Proactiv on and off for years and could only use it a couple of times a week because it's so strong and my acne not that bad. I have a lot of scarring and Proactiv does clear that up nicely and gave me very clear skin. Now after 2 children and in my 30s, the regular Proactiv was not working for me anymore. I discovered their Gentle Formula at the Proactiv kiosk as the mall and decided to give it a try. Really like it!! Definitely give it a try if you've had the same issues as me with the burning and redness. I could use this Gentle Formula twice a day no problem but I still only use it once a day and that's enough for me.

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Guest Emily
Guest Emily

COMPLETELY clears acne, smooths skin texture. Takes a while to work, must use consistently for it to work. A little on the pricey side. Can be a little drying. I have been battling acne for 8 years now, tried dozens of products and regimens to get rid of my acne, no exaggeration. I used to get cystic acne, along with regular whiteheads, blackheads, etc. I have lots of pitting and acne scars from breakouts over the years. The regular Proactiv formula made my acne worse so they sent me a free trial of their GENTLE FORMULA. PLEASE DON'T GIVE UP ON THIS UNTIL YOU HAVE USED IT FOR AT LEAST 2 MONTHS CONSISTENTLY!!! At first, it does clear up your acne and then for a week or two it will make it worse, BUT STICK WITH IT! I've been using it for about 4 1/2 weeks now and I went from around 20 blemishes to one or two TINY whiteheads that aren't even noticeable! It is a little bit drying, but I will glady settle for a little dry skin any day over the horrible acne I used to have. I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel to help with the dryness, it will not break you out. The trick to this working is that you must use all 3 steps, every morning and every night. If you are inconsistent with the regimen it will not work!!!

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None! Dries skin out severely over rated over priced doesnt work Listen, i have been using this for TWO YEARS NOW! only because i have yet to find anything to work for my skin. so far this is the closest thing that has at least kept my skin stable. my skin has become so severely dry i will smile and my entire skin will crack . i have to scrub it off every night. this doesn't work, it hurts, and i HATE it. im trying something new. i cant deal with proactive anymore.

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Guest hilari
Guest hilari

No pros really except maybe the price. I have oily skin so I figured it would really be the cure I needed but Proactiv made my skin alot worse. It was still oily but I had a million bumps, worse than ever before. People say you have to wait it out but I dont know anyone willing to suffer and look like an idiot when the reason they bought the cream is to clear up your face. duhhhhh I hated it so much! I would not recommend this product. I actually like University Medical Physicians cream or something like that from walgreens. Its about 6 dollars and its got the benzoyl peroxide which helps fight bacteria and its much milder. Orange and White bottle.

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Exfoliates the face. Leaves red marks, scars, and peels the skin too much. My skin became super dried out!! Make-up ended up looking cakey on me due to my skin being so dry. Very irratable on the skin because I have sensitive skin. If your skin is oily, I wouldn't worry too much. The gentle formula is still too harsh on my skin and still made it worse so I don't recommend it for sensitive skin like mine. I switched from the BP solution, which I used for over a year.

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Guest Dawn
Guest Dawn

I love this product. I have had problems with adult onset acne and have tried everything under the sun from OTC to prescription. This has made me a believer that not all info-commercials are equal!! LOVE IT!!!

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Guest Joe
Guest Joe

-none! -Shiny skin -added to my acne! Proactiv is for WOMEN! Or babies to say the least, this regimen did absolutely nothing, unless you have extremely light acne(once a month or year) you should not use this stuff. This stuff came in small amounts, stained some of my clothes, and absolutely did nothing to my face, it seems it actually added to it. What also angered me is that they add you to their "monthly subscription" where they mail you 3 month supplies every month or so. This was a hidden fee and I was completely outraged when I found out I couldn't return a $50.00 supply they sent me because I needed to pay to send it back. Bottom line, don't buy this product. It's misleading, of course people on the commercials say "my skin looks better 8 years later"..of course it's going to look better in 8 years, by then your blemishes fade and you'd be cured!

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had alot of great reviews harsh scrub smelled This didnt work at all. After hearing all the commercials i tried it and no such luck.

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Nothing This product really doesn't clear your skin as quickly as they claim. If you use this product to long it stops working. Your skin becomes immune to it. Drys out your skin and even if you use the mosterizer your skin still feels dry. You defiantly don't get what you paid for. The tubes are small. Breaks you out more. Dont waste your money. spend your money on something that will work for a long time rather then waste your money on something that works for a little while then completely stops working. Proactive is to expensive! I hate ProActive!!!:/

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Guest Patsy
Guest Patsy

Leaves skin feeling very smooth! does not irritate skin! leaves skin oily and shiny! So use a oil-free moisturizer and consider getting the daily oil control by proactive that works great!!!! The gentle formula is a great formula! I have been using it for about 3 1/2 weeks and my skin is so much smoother and pimple free!!! However, a few red marks managed to stay behind but my skin care advisor told me to keep using it and the red marks should become lighter as I continue to use it. It takes about a month for your skin to completly clear up so don't give up on it, if the texture of your skin went from dry and lumpy to smooth and fresh then it is working you just got to give it time.

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Works for the first week or 2 then gives up. Does not work. Hi guys im the same person that left a comment below. The person from NY. Okay it now has been about a month of using proactive gentle formula and my face is not getting better. It did for the first few weeks but now my skin is just looking horrible again... Ive never missed a day without using proactive and its just not working for me anymore...I really had high hopes at first but now i see its just another product in the trash can for me...

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Has everything you would need to maintain a good skin care regimen like face wash/toner/moisturizer. Does not dry out your skin and actually leaves it feelings clean and moisturized. Leaves your skin a bit shiny looking. *MUST* maintain and use the product regularly. (If you are a busy person and dont think you can maintain it. Dont use it) Ive been using proactive gentle formula for a little over a week now and i must say that i truly do see a major difference in my pimples. It has gotten rid of a major amount of pimples i had around my jawline and forehead area. Im not too sure yet if its helping with my old acne scars but i think its a bit too early to jump to conclusions right now. So far i am very pleased at what this product has done for my acne. I also like the fact with proactive that i am not using too many different brands and companies on my face. I know that all the steps in proactive are designed to work together as a team. **My advice would be to just follow the directions and dont over use the recommended dosage. **Also i recommend buying the refining mask. They all work wonders and is like an nba allstar team =) **PLEASE MAINTAIN this routine or it may backfire. Do not get lazy and skip any of the steps. **ALSO after using the toner. YES your face and acne will turn bright red and look worse but dont worry it will go away within a few minutes. GOOD LUCK

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Guest Draagonys
Guest Draagonys

I have use it for 3 weeks now and it does not dry my face. It gives it moisture. i helps close your pores and clean your face from acne spots. its suppose to help you heal faster also after the second week, its giving up on me. I have oily skin and this just makes it look worse. I feel i am drowning in oil and then i have to tap it out with a paper and maybe that is incrementing the pimples, but i am getting little pimples. I just try almost everything out there/ I used proactive regular and it work but dry and made me red spots by irritation. I switch to gentle formula and it really help for the first two weeks. The problem is that I think is not good with oily skin and in Miami with the humidity it may make it worse. I have used it twice a day and wash my face 3 times a day. i always do this bc my oily face. I know people out here will say that -that is the reason your face is more oily, but not is my genes. anyways.. I have used in the morning and in two hours my face looks like drench in sweat I will try to stop wiping it and wait but then i see peoples growing around my temple and cheeks. very small but they could bet worse. I don't think this works on oily skin, and I am thinking of using the gentle with the normal formula. I have not saw any reviews with people with oily skin.

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Guest Michele
Guest Michele

Works quickly, moisturizes skin, doesn't "burn" face A little pricey, PM lotion does smell a little weird, took about 3 weeks to see a ture difference This product works! I have had acne pretty severely since I was 13 years old and I'm 37 now. I also have very oily skin. I have been to dermatologists, seemed to have tried everything out there and spent thousands of dollars on products that made promises, but just didn't work. I decided to give this a try - I figured - Why not? I am so glad that I did. For the first time in 14 years, I feel beautiful and I don't feel as if people are looking at my breakouts - just at me. Give this a try. You really have nothing to lose. They offer a 60 day money back guarantee and they do stand by it. I tried the regular formula first and had to send it back. It was too strong for me. Their customer service was great!, refunded my money and then suggested the gentle formula. I tired it about a month later and the rest is beautiful history. :)

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Guest Ann
Guest Ann

Every time I stop it and try another brand I end up reordering Proactiv. Within a few days my skin improves. I am 46 and tend to still break out with terrible pimples.Proactiv has definitely eliminated this problem. Gentle formula is excellent. The lotion could smell nicer. The wash is fine. It's a bit pricey, but not much more than the store bought others. It does last a few months.I use it twice a day--just need a small amount with warm water. This product has been a blessing for me. I kept breaking out with horrible/embarassing welts that lasted a week or two---even in my 40s. Proactiv calms my skin down and keeps things under control. I don't use the one with benzol peroxide because it makes my eyes swell and burns my skin. The gentle formula works extremely well for me.

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Guest heather
Guest heather

nothing my face broke out even more proactive dose not work for everyone it sucked i hated it

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Guest viv101
Guest viv101

Proactive Regular Formula Works wonders on preventing acne and inflamed pimples Does not work too well on older pimples underneath skin Both my teenage daughter and I are using the Proactive and it works better than anything else I've ever tried. I am in my 40s and still get hormonal or stress-related breakouts, if I don't use something to prevent them. I would give it 2 thumbs up -- make that 4 thumbs, my daughter's as well...

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Guest Jody
Guest Jody

I was using the regular proactive and it was great except little drying. I used it for two weeks it felt and made my skin look great. After two weeks it made my skin worse than ever. I went back to regular proactive for about two weeks know and it's not working for me anymore. I'm very depressed and regreat ever changing my routine. Don't buy it!

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Guest Sara
Guest Sara

No peeling, no red face, skin felt soft and really smooth after washing with it, very hydrating, skin has almost completely cleared Expensive, the night cream smells a bit odd I've used Acne Complex in the past and the original Proactive and both of them made my skin peel to no end and I still had severe breakouts all over my cheeks. So it was flaking and pimples all at once. This gentel formula is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It cleared my skin almost completely. I get literaly maybe one zit once a month and its really small. It blew me away cause I've been struggling with this for almost 4 years now. I'm just sad that it took me so long to realize this formula was out there. Great product, I will use this for the rest of my life.

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Guest Yamily
Guest Yamily

It works. It doesn't dry the skin like the Regular formula does. There's a mild tingly sensation, but it was very refreshing. It doesn't "burn" or irritate my skin. I didn't find the fragrance bothersome. Is NOT that strong. My skin is awesome now!!! Perhaps the price, but it is worth it To the idiot Alby from Chicago and the other loser in L.A. they are obviously pulling people's legs. If you got so depressed then do us all a favor, jump from the highest building or eat bullets. You obviously deserve it and the world will become a better place when you're gone.

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