Anyone have success with ProActiv? I'm 18 and tried it but still getting lots of acne.  I might need to do accutane but am scared :(


M, 21, New York

I had success with ProActiv in the past, but it was short lived. Apparently, according to my dermatologist, short-term improvement is common. It was a good starting point before I went to see the doctor about my acne and also helped her know that my face could handle some of their ingredients without irritation, but she could give me stronger stuff to help (eventually I used accutane, but that doesn't have to be your road to clear skin). The $20 or so the stuff was per month got annoying to receive because half of the time I had too much of one thing, and not enough cleanser. Eventually I stopped using it but never told my mother to cancel the subscription, so it wasn't until she paid for another 2 months that she realized I gave up on the full program and was only using the wash. I've heard some descent success with X out but don't know much about it and I've never used it myself. 

I tried ProActiv when I was younger and it worked in the beginning but after a while my acne started getting worse again. Accutane is a great option for someone who has been struggling with acne for a long time. I would definitely talk to your dermatologist about it because it can have some serious side effects. There is a nice long post in the forum here with someones personal experience with accutane. Maybe you can search it and read it/ask the orignal poster questions about it. Good Luck!

In my opinion, Proactiv is not worth it. I tried it years ago and it did not do a thing. It's just another marketing gimmick. The products include in their kit are things you can buy at CVS or Walgreens. 

I tried proactive when I was younger. It was a complete waste. It's benzoyl peroxide, face wash and moisturizer. You can more cheaply and easily buy these same products at your local drugstore. These products also only work for mild acne. For moderate to severe acne, Accutane is the way to go. It cured my acne. 

A main ingredient in ProAvtiv is Benzoyl Peroxide which will make your skin quite dry.  Individuals with already dry skin could have a very bad reaction to this and their face may become super irritated.  

Benzoyl Peroxide could be used properly on the correct skin type when you see acne forming to try and lessen the time of the breakout.

ProActive is usually a great starting point for most patients in dermatology. If you have a poor response or a bad reaction, then the dermatologist can cater to your issues by avoiding their main ingredients (Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid). There are tons of other topical treatments, low-dose oral antibiotics, and non-accutane (isotretinoin) oral medications. Best of luck!

Interesting perspective. 

Hi PokeMeGo,

I tried Proactiv and it did not work for me, in fact it made my face break out in a horrible itchy rash, I looked like I had a bad sunburn.  Definitely talk to your Dermatologist b/c there are other options out there other then accutane.


Good Luck!