The Proactiv Scandal

Someone commented the other day about how crappy Proactiv is; this comment didn’t come about because this person used the product herself, but because she had read about the complaints. Well, as with anything, there are always two sides to every story.

When I first heard about Proactiv (on a late night infomercial like everyone else), I didn’t buy into it. It took two years for me to fork over the dough and even then it was one of my best friends who convinced me to get it after I noticed how her skin glowed.

My skin wasn’t that bad to begin with, but within two weeks of following their 3-step regime twice daily, I began receiving compliments of my own. Yes, there was a noticeable difference in my skin. Although I still get the occasional break out due to hormonal changes (eh hem, ladies, you know what I’m talking about), they aren’t nearly as bad as before.

If you decide you want to give Proactiv a try for yourself, here are a few things you should keep in mind to minimize any damage.

Spot test for about a week or two. Most of the large malls nation wide will have a Proactiv kiosk. Instead of ordering directly over the phone or from the Proactiv site online, head out to your mall and find that kiosk. Snag yourself a travel size set, which, if you use it on your full face should realistically last about 2 weeks; they try to peg it as a 30 day supply.

When you start out, you will not be using it on your whole face. Use it on a small portion of your face, preferably the jawline (just below your ear). If you don’t have any bad reactions to it, then you can move on to using it on your full face.

Once you decide to dive in, do not purchase it for the first time at the main website. You’ll miss out on the deal they’re always running (I learned this lesson the hard way). You can grab it for about $26, instead of the regular $46 price tag, when you get it over the phone or from their promotional website.

Be forewarned, when you do order the product, you will automatically be added as a recurring buyer. That means, every other month, they’ll bill you without warning and mail you more Proactiv. To me, this is a convenience, but some others find it annoying.

If you don’t want to be in this recurring program, make sure you contact customer service ASAP (because you’ll forget if you wait) and tell them that you don’t want to receive the product automatically. Just make sure to re-order before your current supply runs out.

One final tip, that I discovered after a couple months of use, is to give your skin a day off. Ever notice how your skin builds up a tolerance once you’ve been doing a certain facial routine often? Same thing here. Once or twice a week, instead of doing the Proactiv routine, consider giving yourself a facial instead.

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