Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review The only thing that worked!
This set was the only thing that worked! Especially because I wanted something topical. It started working right away, then there was a bit of a cycle where it slowed down for a week or so and then the great lasting results kicked in! Overall 95% clearer, and using step 4 very very sparingly. You might try to find a less expensive version of the steps, but when something finally works after trying nearly everything, it is more than worth it! That said, you have to try it and see if this particular set works for you and your individual complexion!
Most Helpful Critical Review Made everything worse
I used the original formula when I was in high school, and it worked great, so when my acne returned as an adult, I didn't think for a second to use this again. I was excited about this because of the reviews and the strength of the product. I used as directed and my skin is significantly worse than before. I have oily skin, so I thought it was great that my skin was drying and I didn't have the constant battle through the day. I haven't pinpoint which product did the damage, but I believe the night gel caused my skin to hurt and burn so bad I was scared to wash my face in general because of the pain. It burned the skin around my eyes and mouth (I am African American) am my face is so dry and ashy any amount of oil or moisturizer doesn't help. Very disappointed now and terrified Ill have dark circles around my eyes and lining my lips because of this product. Purchase at your own risk.
Reviewed by 144 customers The best on the market
Bassgirl from Cookeville TN
This system is the only thing that works on my sons acne
I will not buy this again
Roni from Chester, VA
I cannot use this product for more than 3 days before my skin gets these horrible burns. It is just too strong for me. I tried it twice just to see if it was random and it happened again.
BD from LOUISIANA
I do not recommend this product...my chin broke out so bad and it actually burned my skin. FYI to all...STICK TO THE ORIGINAL PROACTIV FORMULA. for the price of this I am very disappointed at what it did to my skin. it took weeks to get my skin right. it even caused me to get blackheads everywhere.
Ryan from Delaware
I don't recommend this product if you have severe, or light acne. I don't recommend this because the amount of salicylic acid is too high. because there is so much salicylic acid it will irritate your skin and cause more breakouts. instead, use the Cereve SA cleanser, the ordinary niacinamide serum, and the Cereve daily lotion. if you want a chemical peel mask use the ordinary AHA, and BHA peel mask.
Don't buy this!
Delilah from America
These products did not help my acne at all! They dried out my skin badl
Dermatologist > Proactiv
Bec from US
Your money is better spent on a dermatologist. This did NOTHING for my skin. I find it hard to believe the celebrity testimonials as well.
Clear skin already
Shaunta from Columbus Ga
I've used Proactiv for years and this product works but small. Not enough. I also allow my son who has acne to use it.
Travel size bottles
Shannon from Oregon
These arrived today. I was disappointed at the sizes of each bottle/container. They are more like travel size containers that don't last very long. Super tiny.
Purchased this product for my teenage son
Nicole from Carrollton Kentucky
Work's great and it really works
Will not buy again
Lake from Beckley WV
I've tried a lot of facial products but nothing dried and burnt my skin out like this did. I haven't even been using the product twice a day and i skipped a few days once I noticed my face drying out.
Ruined my skin :(
Daisy from Texas
I obviously got this because I had acne. After using it for months I realized that my skin started to get really dry & it would hurt to touch my face because of how sensitive it had gotten. My acne cleared up a little bit, but how could this product help if it made my skin flaky. I stopped using it & my skin stayed the same. I couldn't put any make up on, so I started to just apply moisturizer & my skin got healthy again. So yeah never again & I wouldn't recommend.
Carlena from Morristown
I was hoping for it to help with my acne but it made it worse. It brought more acne and dried out my face so bad. I have really oily skin, but this product made me have super dry skin, it got to were just me touching my face made it hurt.
This product Works!
Lisa from Beaverton
I purchased this for my preteen daughter, who is experiencing extremely bad acne all of a sudden. I bought other products that didn't work. We are seeing great results with Proactive MD I highly suggest trying this product. Ulta is amazing carrying so many different types of Proactive products and reasonably good prices.
c from Rhode Island
It gave a cooling feeling to my skin which was nice, but it did nothing to help clear up my acne. It did not help to control the oil from skin and I think it made my problem areas more sensitive.
Michele from Downey,Ca.
This is a product I will buy for years to come. It makes my skin feel so soft!
curlz from kansas
Finally found a product that works for my acne prone skin. I saw results by day 9! I am sold with this system and will recommend it to all my friends who need a new system. Fair warning the first 7 days I was iffy about this because my skin did get worse. After a little research I found this is 100% normal! My skin feels baby soft and I've only had 1 breakout since starting this system 3 months ago. I no longer get cystic acne either. I'm only giving 4 out of 5 stars because this system does clear up acne but does not help with uneven skin tone or dark spots. My search for that product still continues. I did not order off ulta but through the Proactiv wesite
Amber from 37643
I thought this system would do wonders for my skin. However, I have chemical burns all around my mouth from it! I have sensitive skin and break out easily. I used the gel every other day and still had this reaction. I've never had a cleansing system do this to my skin. My acne did clear up, but not worth the risk to have such dry, flaky, burnt skin. Wouldn't recommend.
Burned my face
Mahle from Portland, Oregon
I've used the other proactive products before, and the only thing that worked for me was Step 3. I decided to try just the acne gel that comes in this set. I dried out my skin to a point where applying makeup burned severely. I have red marks that burn on my cheeks. I used the product correctly, I was sure to read the instructions. Would not recommend, see a dermatologist instead or stick to drugstore fragrance/dye free products or see a dermatologist instead.
Made acne worse
Tshockley from Perry, GA
I used this system exactly how I was told to like in the directions. 3 months go by and my acne is 10 times worse than it was when I first started using it. Large and painful bumps all over my face. It may be because my skin is overly sensitive but this did NOT help my acne at all.
Good but can't recommend
Bri from Alabama
I could definitely tell this immediately started clearing up my skin. I loved the toner. But it made my skin so sensitive and burned. I know it says you have to fight through it but I couldn't handle it. I could barely touch my face.
Better than anything I've been prescribed
Basic white girl from Chattanooga, Tennessee
This product is a gift from God himself! I've been dealing with severe acne for about 3 years and this stuff has worked better than any other prescribed meds provided by the dermatologist. (Besides antibiotics. That was the 1st thing I was given by them. I took them orally and it slowed down the production of my acne majorly. If you're dealing with acne, I suggest you ask a local dermatologist about taking antibiotics.) I did not buy these products from Ulta, but I just needed to write a review because I cannot simply get enough of Proactiv. Very recently, I Had taken a break from this and used prescribed meds instead, but they didn't help as much. So I went back to using this and after using the steps last night and this morning I'm already seeing amazing results!!! Before you purchase this product from ulta I suggest you look at proactiv.com and there are multiple choices of subscriptions and orders that you can make and they may or may not be cheaper. ;) PS: this is MY Personal experience with this product. To multiple friends in the past and they have said that they have tried it before and it has had no effect.
If I could give zero stars I would
Mag from Bloomington, MN
I have been using this line for over 4 months and seriously this has made my skin SO MUCH WORSE. I'm breaking out in places that I never have before. My skin feels so rough and bumpy. I have never been so oily or red and pimply. My face is literally like an oil slick. I'm so disappointed. Wish I never tried this. I'm embarrassed to even leave my house..
Missy from Riverside, Ca
Worst decision of my life! My skin is peeling off and feels like someone dumped acid on my face! This is not normal I dont care what anyone says. I cant even touch my skin or put water on it because it burns so bad. The way my face looks is making me so self conscious.I do not recommend this product at all!!!
I would buy this again.
alex from Point Pleasant, New Jersey
At first when i used this, it left my cheeks super red and super dry almost like a burn. Since i had no acne on my cheeks and it was just on my chin and forehead i didn't put any of the adapaline gel on it so i am assuming it was from the face wash. I stopped using the face wash on my cheeks for a few days and started really moisturizing and it cleared up right away. Additionally, my acne started clearing up right like actually so fast I was shocked. Now, i just use the face wash on my cheeks once a day rather than twice a day.
Purchased for my daughter's birthday. I used the original.
GAAL from N.C.
Like I said. Use a.m. & p.m. Be consistent even if tired at night wash your face and use your proactive. It may take more time for some to see results than others but that's normal as some have a more serious case of acne than others. If on a prescribed medication by dermatologist to help with serious acne I would discuss with dermatologist before using. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients in Proactive M.D. This is important as you will learn throughout the years what works well with your skin.