This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.
As you may remember, I started using Proactiv and shared my first impressions on the products in December. I have been using the Proactiv 3-Step System for over a month now and I am excited to share my thoughts and results thus far with you!
As I mentioned in my first impressions review, I never had to deal with acne much as a teen, other than the occasional blemish. On into adulthood, it was the same, just an occasional pimple here and there. I was grateful for that! And then once I had kids…everything changed. You know, so much changes when you have kids that no one really talks about, but that’s for another post and another day. I started noticing changes in my face soon after giving birth to my daughter five years ago. My problem-free face was now splotchy most of the time and I was too self-conscious to go out in public without makeup on, when it wasn’t an issue for me to do so before.
I started trying different products here and there, but quickly found out that was not the best route to go because of my sensitive face. It actually landed me in the doctor’s office the summer before last when I woke up one morning and my face looked like this:
Looks scary, huh? It HURT a lot, too! Since then, I have been extremely cautious about what I put on my face. Admittedly, I was a bit nervous to try Proactiv because I wasn’t sure how my face would handle it. After testing small areas for a couple of days, I decided to give it a go. The Proactiv 3-Step System provides a renewing cleanser, a revitalizing toner, and a repairing treatment.
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser – This cleanser is an oil-free formula that uses tiny, smooth beads to exfoliate your dead skin cells, as well as other impurities. It has exclusive micro crystal benzoyl peroxide that begins to clear your acne in a more gentle and quicker way than ever before.
Step 2: Revitalizing Toner – The toner helps to balance skin tone and removes dead skin cells, as well as balances your skin’s natural acids with a refreshing, alcohol-free glycolic acid. It has witch hazel which helps to purify and refine your pores, aloe and chamomile to soothe and soften, plus allantoin to help stimulate the growth of healthy tissue. The revitalizing toner removes excess surface oil without drying. By doing this, it reveals your radiant skin beneath.
Step 3: Repairing Treatment – The repairing treatment is a leave-on treatment that is light and oil-free. It is formulated with exclusive micro crystal benzoyl peroxide that absorbs into your pores to treat acne right at its source. It gets deep down into the pores to help prevent future breakouts and heal blemishes.
As with most anything, the results are different for everyone, but once you begin using Proactiv consistently over the course of 4-6 weeks, you may start noticing these improvements:
- More balance and control for oily skin
- An improved visible texture and clarity
- A preventative for future breakouts
As you can see from my before and after shots, I definitely have less redness in my cheeks, nose, and chin areas now that I have been using Proactiv. There’s still some minor blemishes but they are no where near as noticeable as they were before. In just over a month of use, Proactiv has helped me gain back some of my confidence that I had pre-babies. I don’t mind running errands or heading to school drop-off or pick-up without a full face of makeup on. I still have some insecurities, but they are getting better and better with each use of the Proactiv 3-step system.