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Original 3-Step System

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Proactiv's Original 3-Step System that started a skincare revolution! Designed specifically for acne-prone skin, Proactiv delivers finely-milled benzoyl peroxide deep into your pores to help stop acne-causing bacteria in its tracks and prevent new breakouts from forming.

An $85 Value!

Original 3-Step System includes:
  • Renewing Cleanser (4.0 oz.)
  • Revitalizing Toner (4.0 oz.)
  • Repairing Treatment (2.0 oz.)
Renewing Cleanser: Apply twice daily, morning and night. Treat your whole face. Apply a small (dime-sized) 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 (Revitalizing Toner). If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day. If going outside, use a sunscreen.

Revitalizing Toner: Apply to cleansed skin with a cotton ball or pad, morning and night as needed. Allow toner to dry and follow with Step 3. If going outside, use a sunscreen. If irritation or sensitivity develops, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

Repairing Treatment: Use morning and night. On clean skin, apply a thin layer to the entire affected area. Allow to dry. Do not rinse off. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application use. If going outside, use a sunscreen.
Renewing Cleanser: Active : Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive: Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Paraffin, Cetyl Esters, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Trisodium Sulfosuccinate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

Revitalizing Toner: Water, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Panthenol, Allantoin, Benzophenone-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrasodium EDTA, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Blue 1, Yellow 5.

Repairing Treatment: Active: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%.
Inactive: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance.

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ProactivOriginal 3-Step System
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (10)
  • Non-greasy (10)
  • Soothes skin (10)
  • Softens skin (9)
  • Moisturizes (5)

Cons

  • Bad smell (3)
  • Irritates skin (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (15)
  • Sensitive skin (8)
  • Uneven skin tone (8)
  • Enlarged pores (7)
  • Redness/ blotchiness (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (8), Survivalist / minimalist (6)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (10), Oily (6)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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5.0

Amazing!!! **LONG & HONEST REVIEW*

By Kay

from Menifee

About Me Minimalist

Pros

  • Smells Great
  • Softens Skin
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Enlarged Pores
    • Uneven Skin Tone

    Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

    I am 18 yes old & also have sensitive skin (just as a background)
    So, I guess you could say that I had mild acne. I had those weird little white bumps that weren't acne but looked like it, blackheads everywhere and of course pimples. I was very skeptical about trying proactive because I had heard some say that it didn't help and made it worse and others it was like a miracle from god himself. But I just decided nothing else had worked so why not. I had literally tried every and brand or even non-acne brand in ulta, and also facials and still nothing was helping. So sucked it up spent the money and I'm not regretting it. It's not a miracle worker in he way where it takes acne away over night (for me at least) but it does take time to work. For me the first week it broke me our a little more than I was used to, my skin felt clean but it was super dry and just didn't satisfy like I though it would so I decided to go in and look at the other products from proactive. I used the regular step 1 face was but bought the pore targeting treatment and used step 3 as well. Sounds weird but hey. The second week it cleared up and I got a few here and there but nothing I wasn't used to and by the third week I was seeing the results. Mixing it up a little is the best thing I did. I watched reviews on YouTube and took there recommendations and bought what I thought was best for me. I hope the pics help show my honestly :-) Sorry for the long review! Just wanted it to be honest!

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again.

    By Holly

    from Carson City, NV

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

        Proactive works great, but it doesn't clear up my skin completely. I haven't been able to find anything that does though.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 30-44
         
        5.0

        Proactiv is amazing!

        By MO

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Non-Greasy
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

          I am 37 years old and have been using Proactiv since I was 21. When I use it, my skin is perfect. The couple of times I have tried other products, my skin breaks out within a couple of days. Unfortunately, I am one of those people with wrinkles AND zits, but with Proactiv, I keep my blemishes in check.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          1.0

          Horrible Allergic Reaction

          By Katya V

          from Memphis TN

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Bad Smell
            • Irritates Skin

            Best Uses

              Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

              This gave me horrible allergic rash all over my forehead and nose. After three days my skin was all inflamed, itchy and red. Had to return it. Wanted to get rid of pimples and made the situation much worse. Trying to recover now. :(

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 30-44

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Repeat User

              By Ashley

              from Baton Rouge, LA

              About Me Minimalist

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Enlarged Pores

                Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

                Used this way back in the day when it first came out and have used it on and off since. I've bought it in store and ordered online. The biggest drawback for me with ordering through their website is, although cheaper, you have to sign up for a subscription and you get half the amount. Really glad Ulta carries it now!

                • Skin Type:
                • Oily
                • Age:
                • 18-29

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Consistency is key!

                By Ariana54

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

                This product is the only product that has worked for my acne so far. I have congested skin (whiteheads/blackheads), I am a teenager, and I have combination (my skin is mostly oily but it is dry-normal in some areas) skin and this worked within the first week or two. This product only works if you are very consistent with using it every morning and night. This product cleared my skin, and I began to be less consistent and that's when my skin went wrong again. I tried countless products but always seem to come back to this one. Also remember that it depends on your skin type! While they say it works for all skin type, it could potentially damage sensitive skin because of the chemicals. Make sure to read reviews, the website, and product details to make sure that this is the product for you. Proactiv's other products might benefit you more if you have more extreme acne like cystic/nodular acne.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 18-29
                 
                5.0

                I will definitely continue to buy this product.

                By Chris

                from Woodland,Ca

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Softens Skin
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                • Bad Smell

                Best Uses

                • Blemishes
                • Daily Use
                • Redness/ Blotchiness
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Uneven Skin Tone

                Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

                I use proactive twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. I have been using this product for about 6 days now. I was dealing with blemishes across my forehead and chin and nothing I was using before was helping with my break out. But wow what a difference i have noticed with proactive! My skin feels so soft and my complexion is starting to clear up. I have even noticed a healthy glow it has given to my skin. The only con to this product is the smell.

                • Skin Type:
                • Oily
                • Age:
                • 30-44

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                MUCH CHEAPER ON PROACTIVE SITE

                By Marie

                from Rockville, MD

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                • Exfoliates
                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Redness/ Blotchiness
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Uneven Skin Tone

                  Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

                  Been using Proactiv since I was in high school (I'm 28 now) and it has never failed. Fantastic product if you want to get rid of acne and have a tried and true skin care routine. Would not recommend buying it at Ulta. Just buy on Proactiv website- it's 50% cheaper with FREE SHIPPING!

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination
                  • Age:
                  • 18-29
                   
                  5.0

                  I buy it all the time

                  By Kat

                  from Rockford IL

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • Sensitive Skin
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

                      It really works

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Only thing that works for me

                      By GingerAle

                      from Salem, OR

                      About Me Minimalist

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Soothes Skin

                      Cons

                      • Bad Smell

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Sensitive Skin
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      Comments about Proactiv Original 3-Step System:

                      I love this product, I used it in middle school and it was really effective. I have no idea why I stopped using it and tried every salicylic acid treatment there is, when none of them work for my skin. I recently started using it again when I had a huge breakout a week before my wedding, and this cleared almost all of it after 3 days. I use it with the clarisonic acne prone brush head every night before bed and use the Pür miracle mist to combat the drying effects.

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination
                      • Age:
                      • 18-29

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                      • Q:

                        My son gets blackhead will this work for him he's 16
                        Asked on 1/31/2018 by Nuvia Napolez from South Gate, CA

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Expert

                          A:

                          We apologize for our delayed response. Please contact gethelp@ulta.com for assistance. Thanks!

                          Answered on 2/21/2018 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                      • Q:

                        Why must you put unnecessary fragrance in your products? This doesn't add any benefit to them. It only harms skin in the long run.
                        Asked on 1/15/2018 by watevrasif from US

                        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:

                        wHAT SIZE IS THIS? 6OZ?
                        Asked on 11/15/2017 by BEN from WA

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          This Proactiv 3-Step System includes one 4oz. Renewing Cleanser, one 4oz. Revitalizing Toner and one 2oz. Repairing Treatment and will generally last about two months (60 days).

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

                        How long is this supply supposed to last?
                        Asked on 8/10/2017 by briana from Manhattan, KS

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hello! Usage varies, but this product generally lasts about one month.

                          Answered on 9/25/2017 by Brand Expert from Proactiv
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