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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
 
4.2

(based on 93 reviews)

84%

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (72), Yes (4)

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

didn't work well with my oily skin

By mimi mercado

from nj

Pros

  • good for dry skin

Cons

  • doesn't give a nice deep cleanse
  • not great for acne-prone oily skin
  • small size for price

Best Uses

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    the first bottle, the face wash is a lot more moisturizing then expected and doesn't give me that extra clean feel like the original. i was also expecting this to be the same size like the original and it is not. i will not be buying this version anymore. it didn't help my acne as much as i wish it did since its expensive so if you're also acne-prone and oily skinned id say pass.

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    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    love it!

    By Kim

    from Ohio

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    I was worried it wouldn't work as good as the original system but this is better! It doesn't burn me or leave my skin dry. Its super easy to use. Ive been using for 4 days and the results are great! I have dry skin and get cystic acne. For the first 3 days I only used the system at night.
    Theres no smells
    Step 3 is very rich and creamy
    The exfoliating cream isn't aggressive.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Regret trying it

    By MoonlitFairy

    from San Antonio, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    I regret giving this a shot. Against my better judgment I tried this even though years ago the original line didn't work for me. This line is supposed to be more gentle, but I find it to be the opposite. Sure it cleared a little the first night, but after that it went all down hill. Only 4 days into using it and my face is irritated and burned. Have discontinued use, and trying to calm down the pain this line has caused me. If you're SUPER sensitive beware!

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    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Small...

    By Kj

    from MO

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    I thought that this system would be as big as the "Original" system but this new proactive looks like travel size...needs to be bigger.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Definitely works !

    By Mommy of two

    from Harbor City, Ca

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    Have been using proactiv for years! Works great! Recommend anyone suffering from acne to give it a try!

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Helped control cystic breakout

    By AMG

    from Hagerstown, MD

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    Two years ago I was prescribed an oral medication that cleared my cystic acne. However, the medicine should not be taken for long periods of time and I worked myself off the medication. Within a few weeks of being off the medication my face went from completely clear to a chin full of painful cystic acne. I did not have an appointment with the dermo for another month and decided to give this a try. I had used proactiv as a teenager and saw little results. However, this new system did help control my break out. It was not magical, but it did calm everything down and slowly heal the cystic acne. If you are on the fence, go for it.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Definitely helped

    By Mel

    from Spokane WA

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    I'm 23 and have had good skin my whole life, but I had a very stressful couple months, and I got nearly cystic acne like I've never ever had before. I spent so much money on drugstore face washed and nothing helped. I finally broke down and bought this, I'm so glad I did! It's clearing my skin up quite nicely. It is a little drying but nothing bad enough to quit using it.

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    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yes I would buy this again

    By Jenn

    from Carmichael,Ca

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    I have been upswing this since I was a teenager & I love it. When I run out & use something else it's not the same so I find a way to get this product again. I love the way it makes my face feel so soft.

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    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome product

    By Tara - OCR racer

    from Connecticut

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

    Use it religiously! Keeps my skin looking great! I train and race hard and my skin takes a lot of abuse - proactive helps keep my skin clear of blemishes

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Finally a non-drying acne system!

    By Tanninmannin

    from South Saint Paul , MN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fades red acne
    • Non-drying

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Severe acne hormonal skin

      Comments about Proactiv 3-Step System:

      Bought this for my 22 year old daughter who has been getting heavy, red acne that "looks" like cystic acne but is not. Tried everything from the Dermatologist but it's all too drying and does nothing. She likes this because it does not dry out her skin and has been actually fading her acne and what looks like scarring.

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      • Q:

        Can I stop using it when my face is clear or do I need to continued buying it would the acne come back
        Asked on 1/8/2018 by Bree from Los Angeles ca

        1 answer

        • Staff Expert

          A:

          Sorry for the delay answering your question. Please reach out to gethelp@ulta.com for assistance. Thanks!

          Answered on 2/13/2018 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
      • Q:

        If I use the 30 day trial will I have to keep getting it or will my skin stay clear?
        Asked on 1/5/2018 by Madi from Newport,Pennsylvania

        1 answer

        • Staff Expert

          A:

          Sorry for the delay answering your question. Please contact us at gethelp@ulta.com. Thanks!

          Answered on 2/5/2018 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
      • Q:

        Are we supposed to wash off step 3 or leave it on without washing it off?
        Asked on 11/19/2017 by Nance from Tampa , Fl

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Step 3 of the Proactiv+ 3-Step System is a leave on treatment that you apply to your whole face. If heading outside, follow up with a sunscreen!

          Answered on 11/20/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        Are you supposed to use steps 2&3 on the entire face, or just where your immediate breakout is?
        Asked on 10/20/2017 by Samantha from US

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Yes both of these steps are used on your whole face. For Step 2, apply on your whole face, let it absorb and then follow with Step 3. If you are heading outside, be sure to apply a sunscreen!

          Answered on 11/7/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        I'm on topical trentinoin (accutane) and a minocycline regimen. My dermatologist recommended a Benzyol Peroxide cleanser to help supplement my skin treatment since I'm beginning to breakout in adult hormonal acne again after 3 years of continuing treatment. Would Proactiv+ overdry with all of my current meds?
        Asked on 10/12/2017 by 42 year-old-acne victim from New Jersey

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Sometimes, users do find the benzoyl peroxide used in this system to cause some drying. We recommend consulting with your dermatologist regarding your concerns before using these products in conjunction with your current regimen, as products with drying effects may worsen irritation.

          Answered on 10/17/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        I starting using this product and it has made me break out so bad, in places I haven't had acne. Is this normal to break out first then clear up?
        Asked on 9/27/2017 by Sam from Tulare,CA

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Benzoyl peroxide works to help extract all the bacteria from your skin, some of which can be underlying. Because of this, sometimes customers do find that underlying acne comes to the surface before it clears up.

          Answered on 10/2/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        Can i still use my foundation after applying proactiv?
        Asked on 9/12/2017 by B2006 from Garden City ks

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Absolutely! We would advise that you wait for step 3 to dry before applying.

          Answered on 9/25/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        Would this product work well with thayers witch hazel rose petal toner
        Asked on 8/3/2017 by Katy from US

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          Yes! We would recommend using our Balancing Toner, but if you prefer another toner, you should use after Step 1 and before Steps 2 and 3.

          Answered on 8/9/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        Hi! I have been using the previous step 3 of Proactiv for years. I am confused by this new 3-step system. Which product would be the step 3 like the previous system, the Repairing Treatment? Thank you so much for your help! Proactiv has helped me so much for more than 10 years.
        Asked on 7/24/2017 by LoveMyKitties from CA

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          In the Proactiv+ System, Step 1 is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Step 2 is the Pore Targeting Treatment, and Step 3 is the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator. The last two steps are leave-on.

          Answered on 7/27/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
      • Q:

        my face is veto sensitive, is this product safe to use?
        Asked on 7/6/2017 by Brandy from Phoenix, AZ

        1 answer

        • Brand Expert

          A:

          If you have sensitive skin, we would recommend using the Deep Cleansing Wash.

          Answered on 7/7/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
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