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Cleanse - Step 1 (177mL)

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  • One of Proactiv's core zit fighting products
  • The exclusive microcrystal technology is designed to penetrate and unclog pores fast and help remove dead skin cells
  • Oil-free formula
  • Available as part of a Proactiv System with Tone - Step 2 and Repair - Step 3
  • Size: 177mL
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Cleanse - Step 1 (177mL)
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  • Benzoyl Peroxide penetrates deep into the pores to remove existing impurities and help stop new pimples forming

How to use it 

  • Massage about a ten cent piece size of Cleanse - Step 1 into your skin for 1-2 minutes
  • Avoid the eye area; this product was not designed as an eye make-up remover
  • Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all residue of the cleanser and rinse away impurities
  • Wash once or twice each day; overwashing may irritate your skin and make problems worse
  • For best results follow with Tone - Step 2 and Repair - Step 3
  • May be used on your face, chest or back.

Tip: Use Make-up Removing Cloths at night to remove make-up, followed by Cleanse - Step 1 to rid the skin of impurities.

Water (Aqua), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate, Neopentylglycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Stearate, Polyethylene, Benzoyl Peroxide, Cetyl Esters, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium PCA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum).
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  • Chantelle, 30-39 years
    Posted: June 3, 2014
    I never really had acne breakouts until I reached my thirties. After battling it for the past couple of years and trying a million different face washes, I found Proactiv. I've been using it for less than 2 weeks and it's already cleared my skin up! It's given me back my confidence and made me feel SO much better about myself. Thanks Proactiv!
  • Jane, 30-39 years
    Posted: February 7, 2013
    Unfortunately the 3 step system is too harsh on my skin, found it too drying and stung a lot. Even tried the mild cleanser, toner and the green tea moisturiser but still had same effect. So unfortunately not for me. Proactiv Response: Hi Jane it sounds like you are sensitive to the benzoyl peroxide that is in the cleanser and repair lotion. We also have a gentle solutions range that includes the Deep Cleansing Wash, the Clarifying Night Cream and Clear Zone Body Lotion, which you might want to try.
  • Janelle, 25-29 years
    Posted: January 18, 2012
    Ive had acne for years, and had it (sort of) under control on the birth control pill. But when I got pregnant with my son, and after his birth, my skin was a mess! Proactive worked within a week, and when I get slack with my routine I notice my skin gets bad again quickly -proof that it IS Proactive thats keeping y skin under control. Love it!
  • Sarah , 18-24 years
    Posted: October 29, 2011
    Hi ! I used ProActiv when I was younger for about 6 months, I soon couldn't afford to keep up with it so I had to stop buying it. After that I had the worst skin, ever! I never didn't have a spot, or 5 or 10!! Now I'm older and am working full-time I can afford to use it again. My skin has never been better!! It is smooth and nowhere near as oily, its amazing. I hope I can always afford to use it because I now cannot live without it!!!!!!!! Thankyou.
  • Jenna, 18-24 years
    Posted: September 27, 2011
    thanks proactive...i now have my confidence back...
  • Kylie, 30-39 years
    Posted: July 5, 2011
    I didn't have any acne, but I did have terrible black heads all over my face. I have used every product on the market to try and get rid of them. Since using this product, they are all gone. Thank you!!!!
  • Leanne, < 18 years
    Posted: June 24, 2011
    I ordered Pro-Active for my kids. It has worked brilliantly and I am so thrilled for them. My 15 year old daughters confidence has gone through the roof, and my son is a lot happier with his skin. I was skeptical given it was a product sold through television commercials, but I am pleased to say my concerns have been put to rest. Great product. Love it.
  • Sarah , 40+ years
    Posted: June 7, 2011
    Pro activ is fantastic ,but it needs to be used the correct way . step 1 step 2 use cotton round step 3 use cotton round then no need to wash your hands and moisture so very important It can be very drying because of the BP so use a moisture either oil free or the green tea and u can't go wrong .I have been using it for 7 years and I love it ..
  • Sarah, 25-29 years
    Posted: May 31, 2011
    I tried Proactiv awhile back and found my skin too sensitive when using it, I broke out even worse, my skin was a horrible red blotchy mess. So I stopped using it. But recently I saw on the adverts that they had made Proactiv milder, and I decided to give it ago. I've been using for 2 days and my skin has dramatically improved. Thanks so much for making the products milder for us sensitive customers to use. HIGHLY RECOMMEND and at this price, you can't go wrong. Thanks Proactiv :-)
  • Anonymous, 18-24 years
    Posted: April 29, 2011
    it is a good product but your skin becomes reliant on it and if you stop using it, all hell breaks loose. i have been a proactiv user for nearly a year but i stopped for a few months after i could not afford it. unfortunately, my skin looks even worse than it did before and even the most simplist cleansers and face washes are not helping the situation therefore i have no other choice but to refer back to using proactiv.
  • eb, < 18 years
    Posted: April 19, 2011
    i was only 11 when i started using proactice and im now 12. at my worst i was very self consious and i hated my face thankyou proactive for improving my skin by 100% love eb xx
  • eb, < 18 years
    Posted: April 19, 2011
    i was only 11 when i started using proactice and im now 12. at my worst i was very self consious and i hated my face thankyou proactive for improving my skin by 100% love eb xx
  • Jacqui, 25-29 years
    Posted: April 16, 2011
    This is the best product I have ever tried! Will use it forever now....Works within the first week of using it and you feel great afterwards....has started to reduce my pores after using it for 4 weeks and my skin is incredibly soft. I love it!
  • Alana, 18-24 years
    Posted: April 12, 2011
    I've tried various products for moderate level acne (including from dermatologists), antibiotics, as well as hormonal options and nothing has worked as consistently as this cleanser has!
  • Tara Woon, 25-29 years
    Posted: April 7, 2011
    I have very sensitive skin and was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did i not react to this product, it has improved my skin texture immensly!
  • Christine, 18-24 years
    Posted: March 23, 2011
    It didn't work for me a few years ago(I had a skin infection that needed to be treated with antibiotics),recently after the antibiotics treatment, I decided to give it another try, it was the best decision ever I can't live without it . I have mild acne and proactiv keeps my skin clear. Love it.
  • Helen, 30-39 years
    Posted: March 23, 2011
    I used these products for approximately six weeks and in that time my acne went from mild to appalling. My face has completely broken out and I have now returned all ProActiv products for a refund. The break out has been really distressing and I am still waiting for a response and my refund. GUTHY-RENKER RESPONSE: Hi Helen, thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear Proactiv didn't work for you. I have given your details to our Customer Service Manager and have asked him to follow up on your refund.
  • Shaay, < 18 years
    Posted: March 16, 2011
    this product is good, i had mild acne and my face covered in nasty blackheads. i have been using this product for three weeks and i have noticed a big difference. my skin was so red from being very sensitive and every product i used made it even worse. i barely have any acne now. still sometimes end up with around two blemishes but applying the refining mask as a spot treatment has made them reduce significantly before morning. i do reccommend this product, it is brillant. minus sometimes my skin gets a bit dry, but that can be prevented by buying a moisturiser because i only brought the three core products.
  • Annie, 18-24 years
    Posted: March 12, 2011
    This is a life saver, my biggest crutch! People always comment on how amazing my skin is now, and if I do not use it, I instantly get a spot.
  • Charlotte, 25-29 years
    Posted: February 26, 2011
    Didnt see any improvement with pimples (I have mild pimples and some enlarged pores) just helps with the oiliness. I used to be very greasy and shiny even 1 hour after cleansing and I find that this has reduced the oil.
  • Alison, 40+ years
    Posted: February 26, 2011
    The product is excellent , I have purchased the set for my daughter & she has no complaints.
  • Renee, 30-39 years
    Posted: February 11, 2011
    I am extremely happy with all the basic range, I saw a difference in the first week. Very happy I took the chance and started using it.
  • Taylaa, < 18 years
    Posted: January 24, 2011
    i love it, it has started working withinn the first week. but some times it dries my face around my mouth
  • Amanda, 25-29 years
    Posted: January 21, 2011
    Excellent. I look forward to having a bath every day. You will see a diiffrents as soon as you put it on you face.