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Reasons You Might Not Want to Use Proactiv in Your 20’s and 30’s

Proactiv – it’s the skincare brand that’s been around for as long as you can remember and if you had trouble skin as a teen, you might have even tried it to keep teen breakouts at bay. But by now, you’re skin has matured and Proactiv isn’t the right fit – you need skin care products with premium ingredients, something that is less harsh and keeps your skin under control…right? Well, maybe not. Today we’re looking at all the common reasons as to why you might not be using Proactiv and do a deep dive to see if there is any truth to them.


Proactiv is just for teenagers

I heard it makes your skin worse

Those blemish-fighting ingredients are too harsh for my skin

I only have hormonal breakouts that flare up once a month, I don’t need to use acne-fighting ingredients every day

I don’t want skincare that locks me in a subscription

Proactiv is just for teenagers

Unfortunately, as we all know, breakouts don’t disappear as soon as you turn 20. And while the original Proactiv solution is recommended for teen breakouts, over the last few years Proactiv+ might have appeared on your radar. Proactiv+ is a reformulated solution designed for adult skin. This premium line from the Proactiv team is the result of a decade of research and formula development by dermatologists. It keeps adult breakouts under control and it also contains a boatload of anti-aging ingredients such as glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, kojic acid and botanicals (bearberry fruit and sophora root). All of these ingredients combined mean that you can have fewer breakouts, smaller-looking pores, diminished signs of ageing, reduced dark spots, and plumper, hydrated skin.

I heard it makes your skin worse

When using blemish-fighting products, it’s common for your skin to get worse before it gets better. When beginning a new skincare routine with Proactiv+, you’ll help minimise new breakouts from forming but you’re likely to already have hidden pimples under the skin. When the product goes to work, it will help slough away those dead skin cells that are clogging your pores and bring the hidden pimples to the surface. At this point, it can be overwhelming and you may even want to stop using the product.. The most important thing to know is that you need to be consistent with your skincare routine. Daily use will make those breakouts few and far between.

Those blemish-fighting ingredients are too harsh for my skin

If benzoyl peroxide (BPO) brings back memories of dry and irritated skin, you’re not entirely wrong. BPO is a highly effective blemish-fighting ingredient, but if it lingers on the skin’s surface for too long it causes that redness and dryness we all hate. The BPO in Proactiv+ works differently to combat irritation. It’s encapsulated with Smart Target™ technology, which transports the BPO away from the skin’s surface and delivers it directly into the pores to the blemish source. That means more blemish-fighting ingredients deep in the pore and no irritated skin.

I only have breakouts that flare up once a month, I don’t need to use blemish-fighting ingredients every day

Breakouts don’t appear overnight. In fact, it’s a slow process that occurs over several weeks underneath the surface. We know that the use of a daily blemish-fighting skin care routine sounds like a bit of a chore, but you need your routine to get to work early in the cycle to help minimise clogged pores and keep you from breaking out. Daily use of Proactiv helps control breakouts and make those occasional flare-ups a lot less common.

I don’t want skincare that locks me in a subscription

Proactiv has run on a subscription cycle for more than 20 years, but there’s a reason for it – the automatic replenishment will help you develop a habit, stick to your skincare routine and deliver the best results. For those who worry about getting stuck in a subscription that you may not want a few months later, there’s no need to worry as Proactiv allows you to stop or change your orders at any time and every kit is covered by the 60-day money back guarantee.

As you can see, there are some misconceptions about Proactiv out there. But as with anything, it’s important to do the research and get to know the real facts. Dermatologists have evolved Proactiv over the past decade, so if you’ve still got trouble skin in your 20’s, 30’s or even 40’s, it might be time to give it a chance.

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