I’m back again with another skin care post… surprise surprise.
As many of you will know, I’ve suffered from very bad acne for a good 10 years now, it’s progressed on to adult acne. In the last 2 years, my skin seems to have gone back to how it was in my teens and break out in a lot of cystic acne, constantly. I really struggle to find products that actually work for cystic acne, most will just get rid of the pimples on top of the skin. I had seen a lot of adverts about Proactiv+ and have always been curious but like many others, never actually tried it.
This was actually my skin on a good day with my adult acne. For me, this was a pretty normal – small break out that, at the time, was manageable for me. Although I’ve only pictured one side of my face the acne spreads right across covering the entire lower half of my face.
The Core 3-Step System
Proactiv+ kindly sent me their 3-step system. The 3-step system from Proactiv+ consists of 3 amazing products:
- Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator – It has salicylic acid, glycolic acid and small exfoliating beads which remove dead skin cells, dirt, oil, grime and makeup. It will leave your skin looking smooth and radiant while it helps to calm red, irritated skin. It’s paraben-free, oil-free and will not clog your pores!
- Proactive+ Pore Targeting Treatment – Kills bacteria and gets rid of excess oil as well as helping to regulate oil production. Breaks down dead skin cells, sebum and dirt within the pore.
- Proactive+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator – Calms redness and helps texture, scarring and dryness. It brightens and leaves the skin hydrated, smooth and evens out tone. It also helps to reduce pore size.
Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask – Although this doesn’t come in the set, I was also kindly gifted this. You can use it up to 3 times a week. You apply it to dampened skin and it helps to calm irritation, deep clean pores, reduce shine and so much more.
How I Used It
At first, I used the products on their own, twice daily. I was a little worried you couldn’t use any other products in conjunction with the system so for the first month, only used that. Although I really enjoyed the products, once a week I felt I could use a little extra exfoliation so I did use one of my Bravura acid’s and I found it worked really well together.
The Skin Purifying Mask was like magic for me. I ended up using it 1-2 times a week when my skin was at its ‘worst’. I would leave it on for around 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water. After using it my skin just felt super clean and the next day I would wake up with calmer skin and fewer pimples. This mask worked miracles for me.
My Experience with Proactiv+
I’m always sceptical when it comes to skincare that claims to fight acne, especially adult acne. Mostly because I’ve never had that much luck with anything before.
I was warned that my skin would get worse for a few weeks and it definitely did. My acne got actively worse for around 2 weeks and then took a further 2 weeks to settle after that. In those 4 weeks, I did worry a little that maybe this wasn’t the kit for me, another thing that didn’t work… After suffering from acne for years I wasn’t ready to give up on it. So, I continued until now and my results were incredible.
I Finally Found Something That Worked
After the 4 weeks of cystic, sore adult acne passed, my skin was left clear. I had no spots, no acne, no pimples waiting to come out underneath the skin. For the first time in what felt like forever my skin was completely clear. Unfortunately, a lot of my acne is hormonal, something that Proactiv+ can’t fix. When my TOTM came around, I prepared myself for the usual painful cystic breakout… but it was nowhere near what I expected. This month, my skin only broke out in small, manageable pimples. There wasn’t any pain or itching like I usually get with acne breakouts.
Unfortunately, a lot of my acne is hormonal, something that Proactiv+ can’t fix. When my TOTM came around, I prepared myself for the usual painful cystic breakout… but it was nowhere near what I expected. This month, my skin only broke out in small, manageable pimples. There wasn’t any pain or itching like I usually get with acne breakouts. Again, I had a very stressful time a week or so later. I was stressed, put on antibiotics for an infection and expected to break out worse than ever before. But that didn’t happen.
The Proactiv+ 3-step system has not only rid me of my constant, painful acne.. but also minimises my breakouts. My scars are already fading only 3 months in and my skin feels soft, hydrated and I don’t get oily through my T-Zone anymore. I still have pretty bad scarring, which is expected after suffering from acne for 11+ years but I know they will fade over time. They don’t bother me too much, I’m just happy I don’t have the spots anymore.
Am I Sold?
Yes, absolutely. For the first time ever I feel like I have found something that works well with my skin. I am absolutely re-purchasing the 3-step kit as well as the mask and will continue to use it for a very long time. Once you find something that works for you, you want to stick with it! Proactiv+ also have a 60-day money back guarantee so if the products don’t work for you, you’ll get your money back!
If you want to find out more or purchase a kit for yourself, you can do so here: http://tinyurl.com/y9n48k7o
Let me know if you choose to try it!
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