We could all benefit from a product that promises to make our skin smoother, softer and more even toned. I had the great fortune to test 3 products that not only delivered this, but also are amazing at helping to correct and approve the appearance of acne prone skin. I only wish I would have had these amazing products when I was 15 and had raging acne. This month I tested Proactiv + Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Proactiv + Complexion Perfecting Hydrator and Proactiv + Pore Targeting Treatment. All 3 of these products were amazing on their own, but as a trio, were so fantastic. I tentatively offered a girlfriend from the gym these 3 to use, as her forehead was a pimply mess (touchy subject I know, but what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t offer), she had amazing results as well.
Everyone has seen the infomercials for Proactiv. We have seen the celebrity testimonies, and the before and afters. The Proactive+ line is an advanced acne-treatment system with added medicine, built-in hydration and a new, smarter way to treat acne. The founders of the original Proactiv product line Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have spent the last five years creating all-new Proactiv+, completely reformulating Proactiv® from the ground up to take advantage of the latest advances in smart delivery technology and science-based skincare. They promise that with “Proactiv+, you also can enjoy the look of smoother, more even-toned skin. Nice texture. Smaller-looking pores and a complexion that glows. Visibly diminished dark marks. Reduced redness, oil and shine. Skin that's visibly softer, more supple and hydrated.” I had to see for myself, and was very satisfied with the results.
Step One of the new, advanced Proactiv+ System is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. This lush, cushiony wash gently deep cleans pore-clogging impurities and sets the stage for a smoother, more healthy-looking complexion. Glycolic acid works together with tiny exfoliating beads to gently yet effectively lift away dead skin cells, makeup, oils and other pore-clogging substances for an immediately brighter, smoother look and feel. A mild concentration of prescription-quality micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide medicine begins to quickly kill acne-causing bacteria on contact. The Skin Smoothing Exfoliator delivers a hydrating moisturizing complex that makes your skin feel soft and supple unlike other cleansers that can leave skin feeling dry and tight. This naturally derived, sulfate-free cleanser was designed to gently remove impurities without stripping needed oils. I loved the way this cleanser applied, and it truly left my skin so clean, refreshed without drying.
Step Two of the Proactiv+ System is the Pore Targeting Treatment. With this product, Smart Target™ technology solves the two biggest problems of acne fighting with one elegant solution. Inside the pore, the medicine's micro-layers of encapsulation open successively -gradually releasing the benzoyl peroxide for longer-lasting effectiveness. Added glycerin helps keep skin looking soft, supple and hydrated. contains encapsulated benzoyl peroxide with exclusive, Smart Target™ technology that helps transport the acne medicine off the skin's surface -- to minimize dryness and irritation -- and delivers it with laser-like precision directly into pores, the target site for killing acne-causing bacteria. This formula is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly into skin. It doesn’t leave a film or greasy residue which is great. This product is paraben free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested. I love that this product can be used for all skin-types. I have somewhat dry skin, and a girlfriend of mine, going though some complexion issues, has oily skin. I gave her this product to try, and she had the same results as I did. Neither one of us experienced drying. We both however, noticed a difference in skin tone, texture and clarity.