I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Proacitv+. I received samples of Proactiv+ to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.
Many times on my blog I’ve mentioned that even now in my mid-30s I suffer with acne breakouts. For the most part they are triggered by monthly hormonal changes. One change I have noticed in these is that the breakouts swell, rarely form a whitehead and are extremely painful. Not only are they super ugly, but they take forever to go away. I thought once I was out of my teen years I wouldn’t have these skin issues any more. Unfortunately, I was wrong. For the last 20 years I’ve sought effective ways to care for my skin to treat existing breakouts and prevent or at least lessen future ones.
In the past I’ve tried several different acne treatment systems, including the original Proactiv, with little success. Either the formulas were too drying or irritating or not strong enough. Honestly, sometimes it was my own lack of sticking to a routine which hampered the end result.
Thankfully, Guthy-Renker in conjunction with Influence Central (formerly Mom Central Consulting) selected me to be among a panel of participants to try out and review their new Proactiv Plus acne treatment system.
- With Proactiv Plus, every enhanced acne-fighting benefit comes with an equally powerful skin-care benefit.
- The Proactiv Plus system provides enhanced hydration, skin smoothing and mark reduction as well as an overall improvement in texture, tone, pore appearance and brightness in one elegant system.
- Proactiv Plus helps fight breakouts and makes your skin look and feel healthier through a range of skincare ingredients. There are three steps in the core system:
- Step 1- Skin Smoothing Exfoliator
- Step 2- Pore Targeting Treatment
- Step 3- Complexion perfecting Hydrator
- The “plus” in Proactiv Plus means “more” with more advanced skin care benefits built in to give you a more luminous complexion.
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Over the last six weeks I’ve used Proactiv Plus at least daily if not twice daily to cleanse and hydrate the skin of my face and neck. It’s hard picking a favorite of the three products because they all supply wonderful benefits which have made my skin care routine easy to stick to. If I absolutely had to choose I think I’d go with the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. This cream is easy to apply, not sticky or too drying plus a little goes a long way. Like I said choosing one is difficult because without the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator the hydrator wouldn’t be as effective. The exfoliator is a cleanser which helps to gently slough the dry skin and impurities off your face. When paired with a sonic cleansing brush the results are spectacular. Now when you look at my before and after pictures the differences may not be immediately evident. Some of the changes are not visible to the naked eye and involve the tone and texture of my skin overall.
When I started using Proactiv Plus I had breakouts on my forehead, cheeks and neck that were irritating me terribly. The acne treatments helped to dry out these blemishes and still keep my face soft. My daughters even commented in surprise one day when they felt my face and noticed it was soft and not dry or blotchy. This is not to say I didn’t have a few blemishes pop up during this time. The regular cleansing and treatments actually helped to draw out some hardened blemishes that had plagued my face and neck for quite some time. Every once in a while I’ll get a bump crop up, but Proactiv Plus helps dry it out quickly. This has also helped to even my skin tone to the point where I don’t feel quite as embarrassed about going out in public without makeup. I don’t make a habit of it (I like the way I look with makeup), but when I have to I don’t fret too much about it anymore. I realize that this is a work in progress because of many years of neglect and mismanagement so I’m going to keep using Proactiv Plus and recommend anyone who previously has not had success with acne treatments to give this a try.