Not strong enough
I donâ€™t have a lot of COMPLAINTS per se about this product. Other than I donâ€™t particularly like the company after having spent some time dealing with them. but that is another review, I guess.
I got this because even though I was using some of their other products, I still found that I had extremely oily skin and my face was not clearing up like I wanted it to. Someone told me that if I added salicylic acid on during the day, that would add some extra zip to my treatment program. So I found this on their website and I followed their instructions to the T - even tried to apply it more than once a day but the oil didnâ€™t lessen at all. In fact, I found zero changes in my skin at all after nearly 30 days of using it, good or bad. With that, no need to be throwing more money down the drain! I figured maybe salicylic acid just didnâ€™t work on my skin and I should stick to benzoyl peroxide or other treatments.
After this, I went to Retin A after my derm recommended it. OMG. What a mistake - I went out in the sun on a family vacation and my skin got absolutely fried. I have never been burnt like that in my life. So back to the drawing board with what products would actually help my skin and not hurt it.
Finally, I when I was a girls weekend, one of my girlfriends was raving (again) about salicylic acid and how much it has helped her. I told her my story with Proactiv. She is a pretty experienced acne treatment shopper and basically just told me that it had to do with the brand, not the ingredient not being effective. All the other stuff that most companies add to their products makes the ingredients less effective. I tried her brand, Ninja, which she had been using for about a year with amazing results and I have to say, I am hooked now too. Salicylic acid can be extremely effective, it turns out, on my skin, when it isnâ€™t diluted with a bunch of other stuff. And ANOTHER thing that Proactiv never told me is that I should have been wearing sunscreen over any medication I use during the day. Agh. Sure wish their customer service was as informative as what I use now - could have saved me a LOT of grief over the years.