Acne skin on women face
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I’m a Grown Woman! Why do I still have acne?

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When pimples and blackheads made high school miserable, how many times did you hear:

  • Stop worrying … you’ll grow out of it”
  • Stop worrying … only teenagers get pimples and blackheads”
  • Stop worrying … wait a few years and your skin will be beautiful again. You’ll see.”

So here you are, a few years (or more) later and you’re still worrying about acne!

Weren’t your pimples  supposed stay behind in high school to torment the next generation of teenagers?

Unfortunately, the short answer is ‘no’. Adult acne — especially in women — is far more common than most of us think. In fact…


Studies show most adult women struggle with acne!

One study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that over one half of women in their twenties report persistent acne problems. Even 1 in 3 women in their thirties are still bothered by acne.

Shocked? We weren’t.

After all, adult acne results from the same skin conditions that cause teen acne: p. acnes bacteria, clogged pores, excess oil, dead skin cells … you know the story.

On top of that, hormonal changes, including those brought on by pregnancy and menstruation, can increase oil production and trigger outbreaks. If there’s one thing we don’t leave behind in high school, it’s hormones!

To reduce the odds of breakouts, always use non-comedogenic makeup that doesn’t clog pores. Also, when it comes to your face, develop a hands-off policy. Touching your face can increase oiliness, irritate skin and encourage bacterial growth. For the same reasons, always keep oily hair away from your face  and look for oil-free hair products.

If acne persists after these steps,  you’ll probably need a prescription or over-the-counter acne-fighting treatment. If you do, the one to try is Proactiv+™.


Proactiv+ has unique advantages for women over 20.

Women sometimes overlook the Proactiv® brand when considering treatments for clearing skin of pimples and blemishes. While Proactiv products have been around a long time, we’re often  attracted to products that are brand new and touted as the next big thing. But these products mostly end up as trends, and disappear shortly after their burst onto the scene.

There’s a good reason Proactiv products have been around for a long time — they work!

The most recent Proactiv 3-step acne treatment system, called Proactiv+, is the only acne treatment system you can buy that has skin-friendly Smart Target® technology. That’s important for women with sensitive skin.

This exclusive, advanced technology condenses the acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide (BPO) in tiny layers that open successively to kill acne-causing bacteria directly in your pores. There are two advantages to this:

  • First, thanks to Smart Target, more acne-fighting medicine gets deep into the pores than with the Proactiv Solution system. That’s where pimples start and that’s where they have to be stopped.
  • Second, Smart Target minimizes the amount of BPO that remains on the upper layer of skin (the dermis) and greatly reduces the chance for irritation. That’s the secret to its gentle, acne-clearing power.


The skinny on the Proactiv+ skincare benefits.

Science lesson over.

Now let’s learn about the other big advantage for women — luxurious skincare.

Anyone with pimples and blackheads knows that blemishes leave behind redness, shine, post-acne marks, discolorations and uneven tone and texture. These can be as frustrating as the pimples and blackheads!

Proactiv+ is designed to take care of acne’s after-effects. It drenches skin with essential skincare ingredients. Its skin-brightening complex formulated with kojic acid, licorice extract, bearberry and sophora root is designed to help fade the appearance of post-acne marks and even out the look of skin tone. Plus, the moisturizing complex and skin-conditioning complex address dryness, redness and irritation. They soothe the skin and make it look softer and smoother.


Am I stuck treating acne forever?

Hopefully not. The good news is that acne often goes away with age. The bad news is that the age may be somewhere between 40 and menopause.

Fortunately, until then, there are many effective treatments for adult acne. Proactiv+ is one that has proven itself over a wide range of women and skin types and that’s why we recommend it .

Readers of this article on Beauty by the Ages are entitled to 30-Day Free Trial of Proactiv+™. All you’ll pay is shipping and Proactiv will send you a 30-day supply free of charge. You won’t be able to find this offer on their website so check it out today! Click here to learn more.


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  • Reply Kat May 21, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love proactive and it does work, but What you are not mentioning is that proactiv bleaches everything you touch after you think you have washed it off your hands. I have ruined clothes, bedding and even a west elm couch with bleached hand prints :(

    • Reply Leah May 26, 2016 at 5:26 pm

      Thanks for this information! I just ordered some and got it in the mail. I never had issues with my skin till now. In my mid 20’s. I would be so mad if I ruined something because I had not cleaned it off all the way!

      • Reply Lynn August 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm

        It works great just keep the mask away from eyebrows and hair or it will bleach them. I’ve never had any issue with the other products.

        • Reply Jenny Perkins November 24, 2016 at 4:00 am

          It bleached out my washcloths

    • Reply Shannon July 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      I’ve been using it for over 10+ years, and I have NEVER had that problem!! That’s so strange!

      • Reply Marie August 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

        Wow..just outta curiosity, you’ve been using proactiv for over 10yrs? Howcome so long? Does it not work?

        • Reply Clarice September 22, 2016 at 9:40 pm

          Maybe she has used it for 10 years because it obviously does work. It’s not a solution to end skin problems for good like acutane. It’s meant to be a system that’s topically applied to clear and keep your skin clear. Hence the need for continued use.

        • Reply Ms Smith February 27, 2017 at 5:11 am

          I used Proactiv for years and when I stopped all the acne came back

    • Reply Wendy July 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      I love the products, but “yes” it can bleach things. I’ve tye dyed many towels accidently and even have spots on my bathroom walls from splashing. I find using it while in the shower is safest for Step 1. Wash hands well after applying other steps.

      • Reply Kat September 11, 2016 at 2:32 am

        I wondered why I had bleached looking splashes on my wall behind the sink. Never even occurred to me that it was the Proactiv

    • Reply Kristie August 11, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      And if it’s bleaching those things, think of what these chemicals are doing to the skin. They strip the skin. Natural products are the way to go and addressing internal factors leading to breakouts.

      • Reply Bree October 10, 2016 at 4:49 pm

        It is the benzoyl peroxide! Peroxide like hydrogen peroxide, will lighten things, just like it does to your hair and whiten teeth Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound and is listed as one of the top essential medications to have at home.
        You do understand that you pour hydrogen peroxide over an open wound to clean it out…. same thing with benzoyl peroxide except it is a cream! And that essentially that is what it’s doing!

    • Reply Anonymous September 25, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      I feel like something that bleaches things is probably not good for your overall health…the struggle between nice skin and longevity.

      • Reply Bree October 10, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        It contains benzoyl peroxide! Peroxide like hydrogen peroxide, will lighten things, just like it does to your hair or if you use it for your teeth! Benzoyl peroxide is an organic compound and is listed as one of the top essential medications to have at home. So any facial mask that contains benzoyl peroxide will do the same!

        You do understand that you pour hydrogen peroxide over an open wound to clean it out…. same thing with benzoyl peroxide except it is a cream! And that essentially that is what it’s doing!

        • Reply Libby February 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm

          But benzoyl peroxide kills EVERYTHING in the wound. Some argue you shouldn’t use it to clean wounds at all because it kills the good bacteria too.

        • Reply Jennifer April 5, 2017 at 2:44 am

          It actually saves me money on waxing and bleaches for my mustache so I feel like I’m getting a 2 for 1 with my proactive!

    • Reply kelly September 28, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Why would you want to put something so harsh on your face….Would you wash your face in clorox…I mean really if it bleaches clothes and furniture think about what that product is doing to your skin..

    • Reply Amy October 23, 2016 at 4:30 am

      100% agreed! I can only use white towels and sleep on white sheets because of this. Also, keep away from your eyebrows or they will get bleached as well.

    • Reply Jessica October 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      You know I was wondering why my pillow cases started to bleach out

    • Reply Lindsey January 13, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      She’s 100% spot on, correct. It bleaches towels, shirt collars, pillow cases, etc. Not discolor, literally BLEACH. For years, Proactiv did help for me (who had been dealing with skin issues since high school and am now almost 30), but I switched to something else because of the constant findings of yet another garment being ruined. Also, I’m outside and in the sun while hiking, snowboarding, etc. and its not recommended to be in the sun for more than short periods of time while using Protactiv and I just can’t cling on to my couch all day every day.

      • Reply Jamie March 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm

        What did you switch to!

        • Reply Lindsey April 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm

          • Melanie Matteson April 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm

            I tried bioclarity after using proactiv for years. Worst decision I ever made. My skin was a mess. I sent them photos and they did nothing to help. Kept trying to charge my card on file.

      • Reply Kim April 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm

        I’ve never had a bleaching problem with proactive. I just make sure I rinse really well I guess. I’ve used it for years and this is the first I have ever heard of it bleaching things.

        • Reply Karri May 17, 2017 at 2:21 am

          I used Proactiv for years in my early 20s and never had a bleaching problem. I also had really pretty skin then, better than I ever had before or since I stopped using it. I’m probably about to go back to it.

    • Reply Kyel January 17, 2017 at 4:02 am

      It’s the Benzoyl Peroxide… not bleach. That’s what is killing the bacteria…the only other things strong enough is Lemon or Peppermint, alcohol or bleach. Also good is the Aspexia soap at Walgreens. The blue is stronger. Good Luck….

      • Reply Marissa February 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

        What did you switch to and how well does it work compared to Proactive?

    • Reply Crystal March 1, 2017 at 5:19 am

      I went and saw a hormone specialist. I struggled with acne for years and saw a dermatologist who just put me on antibiotics which weakened my immune system. My doctor (hormone specialist) diagnosed me with poly cystic ovarian syndrome. She said my hormones were way off which she discovered after doing blood work. 3 months after starting spiralactone and a few other hormone related medicines I am acne free! Acne is not an external issue, it’s an internal issue.

  • Reply Linds May 26, 2016 at 4:19 am

    Proactive does not work on acne caused by hormones, which is the cause of most adult acne!

    • Reply Sheila August 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      So true. What controls it for me is birth control

    • Reply M October 5, 2016 at 6:50 am

      Yep!! So true!!!

    • Reply Jess November 12, 2016 at 6:26 am

      Taking probiotics is the only thing that has really helped me!! Along with Harper Apothecary all natural handmade face care products.

    • Reply Tina January 4, 2017 at 2:31 am

      So true!! Also does not work LONG term on cystic acne. I realized after using for a month being happy – re ordering then not understanding why it didn’t seem to be working so well. I got a chance to go to a dermatologist ( once as it cost so much ) she told me its good for topical pimples but all strains develop a tolerance especially cystic acne. All in all it was good for a wedding g and a dinner. Now I’m on to new ventures. Not with much luck. Even bought an airbrush make up kit for those real bad breakouts when I need to be somewhere. I’m 36 and this is crazy. My teen years were nothing like my adult years with this frustration!! Best of luck to all.

      • Reply KAF January 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm

        Have you tried Biotin? I had cystic acne. In my teen years and it came back in my 30’s. I did use Pro activ and it worked wonderfully with none of that bleaching stuff some have mentioned. I ran out of it and it took me a week or more to order and get it. After that it stopped working. So I know why one person mentioned they have used it for 10 years. You wouldn’t want to stop using it at all. Now on to the Biotin. My coworker told me about it and I was so skeptical. It has worked for the last 9 years for me. I use the hair ,skin and nails vitamins any brand has seemed to work. I like to stay with one that has at least 1000 mg of Biotin in it. I also use Philosophy Purity Made Simple to wash my face. I have pretty nice skin I get compliments all the time. Most people think I am lying when I say I had cystic acne. Hope that helps!

        • Reply ANG May 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

          I hope you mean 1,000 mcg, not ‘mg’. 1,000mcg is 333% of daily recommended dose.

      • Reply Kyel January 17, 2017 at 4:08 am

        Are you sure you aren’t Allergic to foods like : Wheat, Chicken or Cheese ? My food allergies started really bad in high school… chicken & cheese . I had bad comedones. I am now doing high glucose facials to get rid of the scarring ? Eat less sugar too, it slows healing. & promotes bacteria.

      • Reply Nicole B January 26, 2017 at 2:43 am

        I also have cystic acne and the only thing that has ever worked for me is a prescription from my doctor called Bactrim. It’s for boils, so don’t freak out but it helps a lot with cystic acne outbreak’s. I have yet to find a skin care line that works for my skin unfortunately :(

        • Reply Carrie O'Rowe February 15, 2017 at 6:38 pm

          If you are will to give a proven acne regimen a shot, it is from the makers of proactive but an entirely different formula and approach for skin with hormonal and cystic acne…it works! It is the number one acne skincare in the country. And it will not just maintain the acne but in many cases it fixes your skin so you can move on. It is especially affective with cystic acne. I can give you more info if you message me on fb.

          • Laura March 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

            Can ypu send me information on this?

      • Reply Kelly February 17, 2017 at 3:40 am

        I am also 36 and regularly see a dermatologist for cystic ache. I have to take a daily prescription and a prescribed topical called Epiduo. Over the counter medications just won’t work for ache brought on by hormones or stress.

      • Reply Taryn March 2, 2017 at 2:24 am

        Have you tried the ProActiv docs line for adult skincare ? Its called Rodan and Fields and I was so impressed with the adult acne line after 5 weeks, i am a consultant now. It is called Unblemish. Let me know if I can help you out. It is amazing for hormonal acne and cystic too. I’m 34 amd ha e been using it for 3 years and never looked back

  • Reply Janessa May 26, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I tried proactiv day and night for a month and a half and my acne got even worse than before I used it.

    • Reply Rachel July 6, 2016 at 5:58 am

      Same happened to me. I found a different product called exposed skin care that I highly recommend over proactive!!!

      • Reply Coco January 17, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        Exposed skin does work better than proactiv. Both my daughters used it and cleared them up. Proactiv burnt my face.

    • Reply Joan 38 August 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Some people are very sensitive to benzoyl peroxide products; all of them. I am! So I can’t use proactive, but if you aren’t sensitive to it, like my son in his teens, it works amazingly! I did find the hands-off, and natural/organic products to work great! Still, the above comment about hormone related acne is true. Some of us have to keep that in check to find real clearity.

  • Reply Kate June 2, 2016 at 2:50 am

    Proactiv ruined my skin! It destroyed my acid mantle, which is actually what protects skin from bacteria. It’s been 5 years off proactiv and my skin is finally just beginning to look normal again.

  • Reply Tina June 6, 2016 at 9:37 am

    I tried proactiv and it ruined my skin for life. I would scabs that would fall off where my blemish was when using proactiv now there dark spots all around my chin. I would never recommend this to anyone. I used to be able to go out of the house without makeup, I don’t anymore.

  • Reply Melissa Sisson June 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I tired proative and it made my skin worse and it even dried my skin so bad that i had spots in my face like nickle size skin that peeled off.

    • Reply Julie July 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      I got rid of my scars from using real essential oils. Frankincense and Lavender leave a comment if you’re interested in learning more.

      • Reply S July 13, 2016 at 1:17 am

        Where do you buy them and How do you apply it?

        • Reply June August 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

          DoTerra essential oil is the best! Send me an email at to learn more about it.

      • Reply Sue July 25, 2016 at 11:00 am

        Can u tell me more about what and how to use essential oils for hormonal acne.

        • Reply Taryn March 2, 2017 at 2:29 am

          I ised Todan amd Feilds Unblemish for my hormonal acne.

          • Taryn March 2, 2017 at 2:29 am

            Geeze typos. Rodan and Fields

      • Reply Shannon July 27, 2016 at 6:49 pm

        I just ordered essential oils and have lavender and frankencise…how do you apply it?

      • Reply Staci Merrell August 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm

        I am interested in the essential oil benefits

      • Reply angela August 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm


      • Reply shawna October 3, 2016 at 6:10 am

        me, so how do these oils what if u already have oily skin

        • Reply Taryn March 2, 2017 at 2:27 am

          You should try Rodan amd Fields let me know if i can help

  • Reply danielle June 14, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    I have tried proactive..not only is it expensive but it doesn’t work. My skin is so dry is looks terrible and the more I use proactive the worse my acne gets!!

  • Reply Crys June 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I used proactive and my skin got worse! Its been 3 years since I used it and its just now getting better. The best products I have found have been the Aveeno clear complexion & Aveeno ultra calming line. With these products I finally feel comfortable going out sans makeup. If I want a more polished look, for makeup the NYX BB creams (lightweight, great dewy glow with even blending coverage) and the TARTE 12 hr clay foundations are the best (best flawless coverage all day, but can be a bit drying so use a good moisturizer before like the nuetrogena hydro boost gel cream)! Someone said it already, but typically adult acne is triggered by hormones, so if its really bad and you cant seem to get a handle on it you may want to see a dermatologist or even an endocrinologist. That way they can get to the core reason of your acne and treat that, the side effect is better skin and a better balanced body. Cheers!! 😉

  • Reply amber June 18, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    My friend bought proactive for me as a birthday present a few years back. My skin got worse before it got better! Which sucked but, now i swear by it. Nothing else worked. Antibiotics, creams, peels nothing!

  • Reply Jenn June 22, 2016 at 2:49 am

    I used proactive for nearly a year and my skin became worse; very red and irritated, dry and flaky, and had a burning pain constantly. I found out I am allergic to benzoyl peroxide. I have terrible scars now due to this product! Find out if your allergic to the main ingredient before using for a long period of time.

    • Reply Jacquelyn July 7, 2016 at 5:14 am

      Jenn have you heard of or tried Rodan + Fields? Nothing else worked for me until I found the Unblemish regimen. I had really bad scarring in my face and the toner in the regimen has now almost completely gotten rid of those scars! If you want to know more about the product check out this site,

      • Reply Jenn November 28, 2016 at 10:44 pm

        I use the Unblemish as well and I really like it . I figured that the cost doesn’t matter because I want to feel confident at age 37 to not have to wear makeup everyday if I don’t chose to.

      • Reply Jessie February 9, 2017 at 1:50 am

        I have tried Rodan + Fields…I actually liked it. It took it about 2 rounds to start clearing up. But the price was a little high for me. But totally worth it if you have more than just a few pimples here and there to clear up.
        I started using a brand called Hydropeptide. Looove it. I think it works faster at shrinking the cystic acne.

    • Reply Rlo September 8, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      It gets worse because your skin is actually purging the yucky stuff out and that can take time!
      Also someone asked Why using it for so long? Bcuz if you are prone to acne it will resurface and you need a regimen for your skin always and forever!
      You should try Rodan and Fields Unblemish!

    • Reply Alexandra October 23, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      Jenn, did it really scar your skin? Oh my! I know it’s crazy but I promote an all natural product without ANY chemicals that helps heal the skin from the inside out. Helps with scaring, discoloration, wrinkles, saggy skin, and shrinks pores. Send me an email and I can send you information:

  • Reply Kesa July 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Eat omega fatty 3 acids to combat skin inflammation, turmeric with apple cider vinegar 2xs a day, lots of onions (if you dare!). Onions and garlic detoxify your liver which is great for clear skin. (Also grows out lashes like crazy). Kick dairy and sugars to thee curb. Be careful with what you put on your skin, certainly NOT ProActive. We need to tackle skin issues from within not use crap products on it externally.

  • Reply Nancy July 2, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I used proactiv and my face got worse and became really dry which made my acne worse, now I use organiclear, been for three months now, my face was clear in 2 days and has been clear since, I love this stuff and I swear by it!!

  • Reply Jamie July 6, 2016 at 2:50 am

    I use the Clear proof System from Mary Kay. I am 38 and I have also tried ProActive–it didn’t work for me, but my twin sister used it and it worked well for her. I guess it just depends on your skin type and hormones

    • Reply Lexii August 1, 2016 at 4:44 am

      Where did you find organic clear?

  • Reply Rachel July 6, 2016 at 6:02 am

    I have tried proactive and as with others it made my skin worse. I found a product about 3 years ago called exposed skin care because I just couldn’t deal with my skin. This product is amazing. It’s a skin regimen like proactive but it’s not harsh on your skin and it works!!!! It’s the only thing that has ever worked for me. I have had acne since I was like 12 and I’m now 29 and this is the only thing that I have found that works that isn’t a prescription.

  • Reply Krystal Caldwell July 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Or you could try Rodan and Fields products Unblemish. Same amazing doctors different formulation. Multi med therapy 60 day supply with a 60-day money back guarantee.

    • Reply SoBeenThere September 24, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Rodan & Fields are the same people that created & sell Proactive, only now they have a much pricier regimen for everyone to buy.

    • Reply Voice of Reason October 13, 2016 at 11:53 pm

      EVERYONE BEWARE! Rodan & Fields is a pyramid scheme. People posting their own links to it are only trying to get you to buy from their inventory because they got suckered in. It’s like AmWay. Don’t fall for it.

      • Reply Taryn March 2, 2017 at 2:34 am

        Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about because pyramid schemes are illegal! Rodan and Fields has won awards for their business model (same awards that Apple has won) And they are featured in Forbes magazine and the Today Show just to name a few! We send people to buy the produvta because they have worked for us!

  • Reply Julie July 6, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I never had acne till my mid thirties. I started getting huge and painful cystic acne. I tried numerous things and nothing worked. I dramatically cut down on dairy after doing a lot of reading and now they’re gone!!

  • Reply Deanna July 9, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Though Proactiv may not be for everyone. I have tried multiple acne products including topical prescription. I used Proactiv for several years until it dried my skin out. Now using Proactiv+ without any issues. I’m in my early 40’s and still suffer from acne. True Proactiv is not for everyone. Once you find the right product for you stay with it

  • Reply Amy July 9, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Yep. Same here. I would love to say that Proactive worked for me….i had such high hopes. Unfortunately, after 3 months my skin didn’t get any better. It got worse. I’ve battled acne since the 9th grade. I’m now 42. And I’ve just learned to live with it. Even after spending a fortune on products and the dermatologist. I truly wanted to be one of those people on the infomercials…with awesome clear skin. Sadly, that didn’t happen. I am however happy it does work for some people…

  • Reply Emily July 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Iv tried everything under the stars including proactive! Nothing works. Even went to the dr and got antibiotics for a month! Switched to a higher end make up….nope! Still there! Help

    • Reply Andrea July 20, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      I have found a product line that has really worked for me. So worth the money. It was recommended by the makeup artist I used for my wedding (of all people). My skin has changed dramatically since I started using it in my upper-20s. It is called Skin Script and can be purchased at a number of online beauty retailers. A quick Google should easily find it. The packaging is a simple white with mostly purple or teal accents. I recommend the acne kit and see if you like/ need all the products that come with it or you can get by with just some of them). Also, I noticed a HUGE change in my skin when I gave up eating wheat. I believe the wheat intolerance that caused all my upset stomach issues manifested itself in skin conditions. I also noticed changes in areas I didn’t use acne products, like my back. So that may be something to try for even a month or two if you’ve never given it a try. Good Luck!

    • Reply Chris January 4, 2017 at 12:38 am

      Have you tried unblemish?? You can’t go wrong. It’s 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee!
      My website is
      It’s worth a try!! My son is on his third month of using it…and acne is gone!😀

    • Reply Taryn March 2, 2017 at 2:37 am

      I would recommend Rodan and Fields Unblemish! I was on birth control, anti biotics, oils for years and they didnt work. 5 weeks on Unblemish and now I never wear any makeup…3 years later!

  • Reply Angie July 24, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Tea tree oil in witch hazel! It works

  • Reply AJ August 2, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    I used proactiv in my 20s, now im in my thirties & it just doesnt seem to work on hormonal acne. I recently switched to coconut oil as my face wash & an apple cider vinegar/water mix as a toner been using fot a week now & my skin is glowing so soft & not overdried like when using proactiv. I will keep using CO im sure its better for me than the chemicals!

  • Reply Myia August 21, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I use Angel Face Botanicals. All natural, hand made with essential oils. It is the only thing that I have found that keeps my skin clear. And it makes my skin so soft too. And it smells divine. It is a complete skin care line that I will never be without.

  • Reply Brittany August 29, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Proactive only works for so long. And they’ll send u a profuse amount and just charge u every month until u cancel or owe them. I found PanOxyl for about $10 works even better. Same main ingredient. Hasn’t stopped working for me yet :)

  • Reply Misshelle M. September 2, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I’ve NEVER had a pimple, nor acne problem my whole life, until my mid-30’s. So I decided to try ProActiv & I CANNOT tell if it’s helping or making things worse! I’m aware of the cycle of “detoxing” & that things usually get worse before they get better. But it just seems like it’s continually getting worse! I’m half Asian & my skin’s VERY oily, so when ppl talk about their skin becoming very dry & peeling from using ProActiv, I wonder, “Do you have sensitive skin, or naturally dry skin already??” I just hope this stuff does work bcuz they’ve sent me a years worth! But if anyone has any other better recommendations, feel free to share with me & send me an email plz!

  • Reply Kat September 11, 2016 at 2:30 am

    The original Proactiv dried my skin and didn’t work well for me. Proactiv+ on the other hand has been working well for a couple years now. I am happy with it but I hate the website. I was getting shipments that I didn’t need and no notification that a shipment went out. Last week I found out that they now sell Proactiv at ULTA so I’ll get it there from now on

  • Reply Melody September 20, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Don’t do it!! Proactiv breaks down your skin’s immune system over time and it can take YEARS for your skin to recover. It also contains benzoyl peroxide, which causes cancer. If you eat a truly healthy diet and stay away from foods pumped with chemicals and hormones, you skin can heal itself and all you will need is a mild cleanser to remove makeup, dirt and oil.

  • Reply Elli September 28, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I’ve tried proactive. It didn’t work for me. I know someone it worked for, but I know two more that it didn’t for work.

  • Reply Sarah September 29, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Proactive does not work on cystic acne/hormonal acne only white heads and back heads. Believe me I tried. It made my skin itchy dry and uncomfortable but still left me with all my acne. Most adult acne is hormonal.
    What got rid of my acne was completely changing my diet. No more sugar, bread or dairy :( but it was well worth it! Also try acnepril, that helps to get rid of acne from the inside out.

  • Reply Stephanie October 10, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    We all have different skin and different acne and different hormones so one can’t make blanket statements about proactiv not working- maybe it didn’t work for you, but I’ve been using it for 2 weeks and I’m super happy with the result. I never ever had acne until 33 and I tried different products, some organic all natural, some expensive dept store brands, I even tried over the counter drugstore stuff and nothing worked. I changed my diet and still nada! Proactiv has given me hope and I wish I would’ve tried it sooner! It may not be for everyone but it is safe, not “bleaching” your skin, come on now! I’ve had other acne treatment products bleach my pillowcases and towels way before I ever used proactiv. So just use white towels! What a good idea huh… Anyways, I recommend trying the product and follow directions and give it a fair chance. You can always get your money back if you hate it. Good luck to all the ladies with adult acne- it’s sucks bad!!

  • Reply Lisa October 13, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I’ve used Proactiv for over 16 years and it works great. Most of the time I only use 1 and 2. While the product doesn’t bleach my cloths or sheets, my daughter does. I’m not for sure if thats due to proper hand washing, allowing the product to dry or that I don’t use step 3 and she might. None the less, It’s a great product in my household

  • Reply Lisa October 16, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Proactiv did not work for my skin. I used it for two weeks and had to stop because, while my acne wasn’t worse, it definitely wasn’t better, and my skin looked and felt HORRIBLE. It was dull and tight and had an unhealthy tone. Look elsewhere for a solution to adult acne.

  • Reply Heidi October 29, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Try Aczone. It is the only think that really works for hormonal adult acne. I have tried everything and have been using it for two years now. Prescription required and can be expensive I’d insurance doesn’t cover it, but worth it! It’s topical.

  • Reply Don October 29, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Try this simple solution, mix lemon juice & baking soda together to make a paste . Put on face wheat needed let set for 20 min. Rinse completely. Cheep way to remove blackheads.

  • Reply Rachel November 6, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    I had acne for 20 years. I am now 32. I had skin so oily i looked horrible within 2 hours of putting on matte foundation. Then it turned cystic. Bumps would last for a month and i just wanted a new face. I tried proactive. It made it worse. Antibiotics everything. I firmly believe all those things made it worse and made me more unhealthy. The problem is inside. So, after 20 years my acne is 90 percent gone. Id say 2 mild bumps a month. What healed me was homeopathy. You can order the remedies off of amazon or washington homeopathics. And go check out this blog by joette calabrese shed the one who healed me. The remedies can be bought for under 10 dollars. Hephar sulphar 200 and arsenicum album. Go to her website do a little research. Spend about 20$ and save yourself thousands of dollars spent on dermatologists and topical products. My skin was disgusting. Now i dare go barefaced to town even. Go for it!

  • Reply Jamie Johnson November 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    F$%^ PROACTIV! That stuff made my face SO MUCH WORSE, I couldn’t even leave my house! Sure, it’s great when you first start it, but then, when you run out, you’re face EXPLODES! I only THOUGHT my adult acne was bad, that was until I tried Proactiv. It seemed to be working at first, then everything went horribly wrong! My face started to break out MORE! I stopped using it because it was making my skin look like that of a reptile. I thought it just needed to get out of my system. OH NO! It got SO BAD, there were days that I had to miss work because my face was so covered in acne, it looked like I had chicken pox! The worst part is when I was using it, it created this MONSTER zit in the middle of my forehead, like a bullseye! Now, it a HUGE SCAR! Thanks PROACTIV for making me look like a monster and be SO EMBARRASSED of the way I look, I don’t even enjoy going ANYWHERE anymore! I’ve even consulted with dermatologists that have WARNED ME OF THE BAD EFFECTS of Proactiv! I just wish I had known this BEFORE I tried it, and it RUINED my face PERMANENTLY! Now, I’m trying to save up 6 HUNDRED DOLLARS to try to micro needling on the big bullseye scar in the middle of my forehead! Fat chance that will happen because thanks to Proaciv, I don’t even have a steady job anymore! DO NOT TRY PROACTIV! Trust me, you will thank me. Instead, go to a REAL doctor, a dermatologist, and get topical antibiotics. It may seem costly, but trust me, it’s NOTHING when you think of all the money you will spend on makeup and possible procedures to try and repair the damage Proactiv will do to your skin!

  • Reply Blair November 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I work at a dermatology office. I deal with acne on a daily basis with my patients and I myself struggle with female adult acne. But proactive is one horrible solution to acne, we get people come in and the proactive burned the skin on their face. Rodan and fields is another product that I advise people stay away from. Those products have really harsh chemicals in them and can make acne worse! There are so many other solutions that will help and not damage the skin. Try the topix wash, benzyl peroxide gel and moisturizer for starters. You can find them on Amazon. Since I Have oily skin I use the 2-2 wash in the morning and the gentle cleaner at night. Be consistent with your regemine and your skin will thank you for it.

  • Reply Keila November 22, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Please don’t use proactive. I used it for 3 years and although people told me not to use it I didn’t listen. Early this year I started breaking out really bad. I hadn’t changed anything. I was using proactive like I had always. I went to a dermatologist and she said your skin tends to get used to products you use so instead of working it does nothing. She suggested to switch products every 3 months back and forth with proactive. I did that but it kept getting worse. So I decided to let go of proactive. My face was worse than before. I had never had cyst type acene. I tried everything in the book! Until I resorted to laser treatment. Now my acene is way better. I am still working on it but it was because of proactive it got worse. So stay away from it. Your skin will get use to the product and when you get out of it your acene would be worse than it was. I have learned the less is better. Wash your face, make sure you take off all your makeup, drink a lot of water, don’t pop your pimples (use a utensil and clean it with alcohol). I would have not done laser but that was my only choice.

  • Reply Liz November 24, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Go see a dermatologist before treating your acne. Acne is a medical condition so go to the doctor to avoid causing more harm to your face than good. Over the counter stuff is nice but may not work for bad cases. There are different kinds of acne and sometimes over the counter stuff makes it worse or causes scaring. Also speak to a medical professional (and not just the internet) to treat any and all MEDICAL issues.

  • Reply Natalie January 14, 2017 at 5:44 am

    I also tried proactive when I was about 20 and it only made things worse and my dark spots / scars darker. Thank god I didn’t continue use. I use 100% organic essential oils- lemon and purification (a blend) for acne flaring up and then lavender and frankincense to heal the scars from the past. They work wonders and I feel better than ever going without any make up 💕

    • Reply Renee Winters February 24, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Where do i buy these oils? And how do i use them? Works on cystic acne? I am 45 and every time i think i am getting better, i end up with a huge zit that ends with peeling skin and dryness that i cant cover with makeup. And I literally don’t go out with friends/family for weeks– and usually i am starting to get a new one by then. Then on top of that, the scars are terrible. I can never think of just going out for a walk or going to my pool with friends without makeup on. And the makeup doesnt even cover the scars. Help!

  • Reply Catalina January 30, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I have used proactive since my 30s and am in my 50s. It is the only thing that keeps my acne away. I don’t get my clothes bleached and my eyebrows aren’t bleached and my walls around my sink aren’t bleached. I don’t understand why there are all these problems I have read up above. I can only tell you that I have tried to stop using it and have to go back because I immediately break out again. My skin looks great!

  • Reply Chastidy February 27, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I ran out of proactive so i’ve been experimenting with other acne products and my skin is so bad:( Im ordering proactive right now.Ive been using proactive since I was 19,im now 30 and it’s the only thing that has ever worked for me.You do have to be careful not to bleach things or if you use to often you could over dry your skin but it does work. Ive also read up on vitamin c and chasteberry for acne so hopefully I can get my skin under control once again…

    • Reply Chastidy February 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Also proactive plus didn’t do as well for me. Im sticking to the original but everyone is different.

  • Reply Alexis March 2, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Girls, just stop eating meat (no cow meat, no chicken, no fish, no meat!) and your acne will disappear. Or at least don’t eat it often, maybe only two days per week. Also, be careful with chocolate.

  • Reply Aralia Fresia May 17, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Don’t forget gluten-free… I cured my acne by going gluten-free

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