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Proactiv 3-Step System

Proactiv

3-Step System

Item #: 2500638

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Proactiv+ is an acne treatment system with their exclusive Smart Target technology that delivers even more medicine to the pores for faster results. The three synergistic steps were formulated for daily use to clear acne blemishes, help prevent future breakouts and promote skin that is consistently clear, smooth, and radiant.

Features & Benefits:
  • Paraben-free.
  • Non-comedogenic.
  • Dermatologist-tested.
  • Suitable for all skin types.

Ingredients:

Skin Smoothing Exfoliator:
  • Benzoyl Peroxide: Contains micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide (BPO) designed to quickly kill acne-causing bacteria to clear acne blemishes and help prevent new ones from forming.
  • Pore Resurfacer: Gentle exfoliating beads work together with glycolic acid to help slough away dull, dry layers of dead skin cells, helping to clear pores and prep them for the Pore Targeting Treatment.

Pore Targeting Treatment:
  • Smart Target Benzoyl Peroxide: Exclusive technology designed to deliver BPO acne medicine directly into pores to help prevent dryness and irritation of the skin.

Complexion Perfecting Hydrator:
  • Salicylic Acid: An acne medicine designed to help clear pores of cellular debris and keep them clear -helping to minimize the look of pores for a more luminous complexion.
  • Skin Brightening Complex: Natural skin brighteners such as kojic acid, licorice extract, bearberry and sophora root are designed to help fade the appearance of post-acne marks and even skin tone.
  • Moisturizing Complex: Includes a powerful humectant, hyaluronic acid, plus other hydrating ingredients to help alleviate dryness for softer, smoother looking skin.

A $75 value!

Includes:
  • Skin Smoothing Exfoliator (2.0 oz)
  • Pore Targeting Treatment (1.0 oz)
  • Complexion Perfecting Hydrator (1.0 oz)
Skin Smoothing Exfoliator: Step 1 in the Proactiv+ 3-part system. Use twice daily, morning and night. Treat your whole face. Apply a small amount to dampened skin and gently massage with fingertips for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Pat dry and follow with Step 2, the Pore Targeting Treatment and Step 3 the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. If going outside, use a broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher.

Pore Targeting Treatment: Clean the skin thoroughly with Step 1 Skin Smoothing Exfoliator before applying this product. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day. If going outside, apply sunscreen after using this product. If irritation or sensitivity develops, stop use of both products and ask a doctor. Follow with Step 3 Complexion Perfecting Hydrator.

Complexion Perfecting Hydrator: Apply Step 3 Complexion Perfecting Hydrator after completing Steps 1 and 2 of the Proactiv+ Core 3-step system. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer one to three times daily. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day. If going outside, apply sunscreen after using this product. If irritation or sensitivity develops, stop use of both products and ask a doctor.
Skin Smoothing Exfoliator: Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%. Inactive: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Paraffin, Lauryl/Myristyl Benzoate, Coconut Acid, Tocopherol, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Pore Targeting Treatment: Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%. Inactive: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance.

Complexion Perfecting Hydrator: Active: Salicylic Acid 0.5%. Inactive: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Sophora Angustifolia Root Extract, Morus Alba Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Kojic Acid, Zinc Gluconate, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Squalane, Safflower Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, PPG-5-Laureth-5, Polyquaternium-11, Ceteareth-20, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Hexylene Glycol, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

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Proactiv3-Step System
 
4.1

(based on 71 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • No (55), Yes (4)

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5.0

I would buy this product again

By Sheila

from Cape Cod

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

My daughter saw immediate results from Proactive, after trying so many other over the counter drugstore products that did not work!!

 
4.0

Worked miracles

By Hormonal + Adult Acne

from Washington

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

I have bad hormonal acne (I'm in my mid 20s), and I have tried so many different brands from the cheap drug store to high end (Philosphy, Peter Thomas Roth, Kate Somerville, Tarte, Ole Henriksen, Origins, Glam Glow, and a lot more). For a while, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea was helping with the breakouts but a friend of mine had this Proactive set and they said I should give it a try. And wow, I could see a difference basically the next day it felt like. The amount of breakouts I get has reduced a TON. I would break out a lot around my chin and now I get maaaaaybe one zit a week, if that. It's improved my skin texture (I have incredibly red skin and my acne scars are bright red dots that are all across my face) and I've seen the brightness of the red reduce as well as some of the spots disappear. I've been using it for just a couple weeks so I don't know about the long term but I would definitely recommend this. I've always skipped over proactive because I have seen the commercials and thought it was all phony, but if you've tried a lot of different things, I'd give this a shot and see how it works for you!

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4.0

Works really well

By Mary

from McDonough, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

The products do what they claim to do. Working well to clear my skin up.

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  • No
 
5.0

I swear by Proactiv

By Foundation

from Pearland, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

I used to use proactive when I was a teenager and was able to stop using it for several years. HOWEVER, I developed bumps again and since using this they are almost GONE! I will advise though that there is some dryness BUT you MUST use moisturizer and SPF at ALL times or your skin will get dry. Even with some dryness I love how smooth my skin becomes!

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5.0

Works like magic

By CTaylor

from Flower Mound, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

I purchased this product for my 16 year old son. We could tell an almost immediate difference in his skin. He has only been using it for a little over a week now, and his skin looks 100% better already. He will continue to use it. Our only regret is wishing we had bought it sooner.

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4.0

Great oroduct

By KMJ

from Richmond, VA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

This has reduced my hormone driven acne like no other product has been able to do. There are some setbacks: it will bleach your towels/clothes and it hasn't helped with my oily T-zone. The positives far outweigh the negatives for me. I'll continue to purchase.

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3.0

Hate this product

By Alyssa

from Kansas

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

This product is so drying. I have sensitive, combination skin and heard great reviews about it but it is so awful for my skin. Left my skin feeling dry and even peeling in places.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would use this product again

By Jolene

from Georgia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

Love proactiv cleans and clears my skin

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  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Don't miss a day

By Christine

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

It works well, but if my girls go a day without it, bad breakouts. Can't say that is the case for everyone.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it!

By Mom the Nurse

from Monroeville, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

Noticed results within a few days!!

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  • Q:

    How long do these bottles last?
    Asked on 6/29/2017 by Ashlea from Maryville, MO

    1 answer

    • Brand Expert

      A:

      For this system and size, the bottles generally last about a month. Please note, this varies per user.

      Answered on 7/7/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
  • Q:

    This product is said to dry out skin regardless of it working for them or not, I have extremely oily skin and was wondering if using this product could make my skin normal from being so oily ?
    Asked on 6/21/2017 by Beautybae from undisclosed

    1 answer

    • Brand Expert

      A:

      Hello! Sometimes, users do find the benzoyl peroxide used in this system to cause some drying, but it varies. The ingredients we use work to reduce excess oil while still hydrating your skin.

      Answered on 7/7/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
  • Q:

    In advertising, usually only young people are shown using Proactiv. Does it work for older people as well?
    Asked on 6/6/2017 by Billie from Jonesboro, AR

    1 answer

    • Brand Expert

      A:

      Hello! Proacitv helps with acne concerns at any age!

      Answered on 6/16/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
  • Q:

    Can this be used on other areas of the body besides the face?
    Asked on 5/21/2017 by Caroline from Clarksville, TN

    1 answer

    • Brand Expert

      A:

      For body acne, we would recommend using the Deep Cleansing Wash.

      Answered on 5/22/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
  • Q:

    Does this product help with previous acne marks?
    Asked on 5/5/2017 by little lesly from Los Angeles

    1 answer

    • Brand Expert

      A:

      This product contains natural skin brighteners that do help fade the appearance of post-acne (previous) acne marks. Be sure to also check out our Advanced Dark Spot Correcting Serum to help fade acne marks and any discoloration.

      Answered on 5/5/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
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