Why I'm NOT A Fan Of ProActiv For Acne...

Today I am going to give you my thoughts for one of the products for clearing skin of blemishes that I'm most asked about. The product I'm talking about is ProActiv.

The Premise Of Proactiv

Even though this is the MOST advertised product for Acne there is, shockingly there is absolutely nothing special about it! ProActiv was created (I use the word created very loosely here) by two dermatologist in the early 1990's, Katie Rodan, M.D., and Kathy Fields, M.D.

They simply took the two most common acne medications of the time: benzyl peroxide and salicylic acid (I list the actual ingredients below) and turned them into the worlds first 3-step program. There was absolutely nothing new in their formula from what dermatologist have been prescribing for years.

They very smartly ran this through the popular Infomercial craze of the late 90's. At first, they stuck to their own clients testimonials until they sold their business over to Guthy-Renker Corporation - a massive direct response television company in Palm Springs, California.

After that, it was all about PAID celebrity endorsements for the routine, except these spokespersons hardly had acne, usually only a pimple or two. I guess celebrities really don't want to put acne laden skin on TV for the public to see.

Unfortunately, a few years ago one of them (Sean "PDiddy" Combs outed them by saying Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson really never had acne or used the product at all and it got out on YouTube).

Up until then it had become the most successfully marketed Infomercial product... ever. These days the original creators have nothing to do with the formulation or product anymore, they took their money and moved on to other things.

Interestingly, Guthy-Renker Infomercials not only sell Proactiv, but also Exercise Videos, make-up, Rock n' Roll concert albums, and tapes of The Dean Martin Variety Shows.

Now, I have no problem with a company running their business selling products, as long as it lives up to its promises, and does not lure in clients through membership programs with expensive and hard to get out of contract style reorder programs.

I want to share what my clients tell me that have used Proactiv. First let me say that Proactiv is NOT a naturally-based product. So, it does not fit into any skin care routine I would create or recommend.

I would also share that about 80% of the clients who come to me with acne issues have tried this product. AS with all other benzyl peroxide products, they end up with dry flaky skin that erupts in acne after about 2-3 weeks of use.

ProActiv has added to their line to combat the problems but just a look at their ingredient list will show you the amount of filler chemicals that are included to do the mass production of this product.

Proactive Ingredient Information

Step 1 - Renewing Cleanser:

Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.

Inactive Ingredients: water (aqua), magnesium aluminum silicate, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, disodium PEG-12 dimethicone sulfosuccinate, sorbitol, dimethyl isosorbide, tridecyl stearate, neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, polyethylene, cetyl esters, anthemis nobilis flower extract, sodium hyaluronate, sodium PCA, xanthan gum, tridecyl trimellitate, propylene glycol, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum).

Step 2 - Revitalizing Toner:

Ingredient List: water (aqua), glycolic acid, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, rosa canina fruit extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium PCA, panthenol, glycerin, propylene glycol, allantoin, polysorbate 20, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium hydroxide, benzophenone-4, tetrasodium EDTA, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum), blue 1 (CI 42090), yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Step 3 - Repairing Treatment:

Active Ingredient: benzoyl peroxide 2.5%.

Inactive Ingredients: water (aqua), ethoxydiglycol, cyclotetrasiloxane, propylene glycol, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, cyclopentasiloxane, panthenol, allantoin, xanthan gum, ceteareth-20, carbomer, triethanolamine, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance (parfum).

So, if the main ingredients were not harsh enough, your skin has all these fillers to contend with as well. It even contains lanolin (allantoin) and alocohol! Yikes.

No wonder I get so many of their former clients asking for help. A search on this product will get you a ton of negative reviews you will not find on their television commercials.

Obviously, my opinion is to stay away from this chemical laden mass produced product. There are far, far, better alternatives out there, natural or not.

What I always recommend is glycerin or olive oil based products to cleanse and balance the skin. I recommend everyone stay away form lanolin and mineral oil in products as they are irritating and smothering to the skin itself.

If you want an example of a skin care line that is designed to fight blemishes and create healthy skin, then please use our Ginale website as a guide. Take a look at the short list of ingredients on each of our products and use that as a buying guide.

I always like to give everyone more access to information that you can use today so visit the next link below to get step-by-step information on how to keep your skin healthy, clear, and youthful looking!

Learn More About Ginale Skin Care Here

Wishing you a healthy and joyous day,

Chris Gibson
The Hardest Working Guy In Skin Care

"Inspiring Healthy Choices For Better Living."

P.S. Over the last few days I have also noticed several questions regarding the Ginalé skin care products. Many of them wanted to know when the next discount would be available. I was just informed that the products many of you love and use are currently available at up to a 45% DISCOUNT from the retail price for a limited time only.

This is supposed to be only available by email invitation, so don't tell anyone I providing you with this. If you use code "G45826" during checkout, you will receive the additional discount I discussed above. Go now to see how much you can save on trying this naturally-based product and potentially stock up on the peel or your other favorite Ginalé items. You can thank me later... :-)

Learn More About Ginale Skin Care Here


Anonymous said...

Salicylic Acid!!! Stay away from ProActive because it's got salicylic acid in it. Salicylic Acid can apparently lead to Reyes Syndrome that can cause brain swelling and death.

Unknown said...

Are Ginale products available in worldwide?

Anonymous said...

So true! Although proactive worked whilst I was using it, after I stopped using it, I now have a much worse acne problem to deal with !!!

Chris Gibson said...

Hi Ginale is available to be shipped to from the USA most countries. It is available at www.ginaleskincare.com

Anonymous said...

Hi I have also used ProActive,and it did not really help one bit,was a pure waste of money..the best product I've used is Garnier Pure,and would also use the Ginale skin care products as well.
Sounds Great!

Anonymous said...

What about neo-medrol

Marie said...

Hi! Hearing about ProActive made me wonder if this new product called Epiduo is recomended by you. Is it natural, and would you recomend to use it? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

hi Chris, i'm Margo from the Philippines, and i've come across your "Acne Free in 3 days" while i was reading reviews from proactiv... i have already tried proactiv once in 2008 when i had a bad breakout and it worked after 1 month of using it.

On december 2010, i experienced another breakout, and i'm still suffering from it now... at first i used proactiv again hoping that it would work like it did the last time i used it. At first, my skin kinda cleared up, but there were still a lot of acne marks, and then i ran out because its too expensive, and then i also tried this thing called WII AcBeGone product that promised to clear skin from acne in just a short period of time....i'm still using it now but the effects are always "ups and then followed by downs"....meaning to say the pimples would then dry out but another wave of breakout comes again...... this product actually is Glycerin based. It's been 6months now, and i'm sooooo depressed because my face does not seem to clear up........... i have already received the first of the 5part email, and i'm hoping that really will make the difference since i don't have much money.... i really would like to purchase your book but i can't find one........i will continue searching though and i'll look forward to the 5part email 5 basic secrets because that's the only thing that can help me now.. thank you and more power!!!!!

Anonymous said...

ginale looks great, but i also saw that it is around 150 bucks (w/o the discount) and ive seemed to miss the deadline at midnight :( is there any other products that you recommend that wouldnt be to expensive the for the average poor college kid ? or any other time ginale would have a discount?

janetlynn said...

why dont you start out with the 30 day skin peel it works great

Anonymous said...

All of what you say makes sense. However Ginale charge $34 for 15ml of Tea Tree Oil which costs about $6 in any pharmacy or Health food Store. Even with a 45% reduction this would be very expensive. It makes me wonder if the other Ginale Products are similarly overpriced.