Pro Activ 3-Step System

2.6

3412 reviews

34% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.2

Price: $$$

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on 6/27/2015 10:00:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Grey

When I asked my aunt for some skin treatments when I first started to break out, she bought me the Pro Activ trio. I had really high hopes for the products because of all the hype and expected a miracle. No chance. It did get rid of the pimples I had but it left small, round dry patches where they were and the burning sensation made me scared to use it on my entire face again. I have very dry skin on my forehead and nose and CANNOT put this product anywhere near these areas, but can use the repairing cream it on my jawline and cheeks. It does still leave me with dry patches but gets rid of the blemishes. The cleanser and toner have long since been discarded and I can just about cope with the dryness I'm left with after using the repairing lotion



on 6/11/2015 8:46:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

My younger siblings used this and my sister saw improvement on her forehead breakouts. Thus, I was eager to join the bandwagon even though I do not have acne and only have a couple minor spots during my favorite time of the month. Also, because of wearing makeup, I noticed small black heads on my chin and thought this "miracle product" could at least manage small incidents.

Welp. No. In fact, using the three bottles daily not only dried my skin out but made me break out. An anti-pimple product gave me pimples....

My skin is normal sometimes dryish but it did not seem to get along with Poractiv whatsoever and once I went back to my old boring one-step in-the-shower Neutrogena face wash, I was good to go.

Obviously what works for some will not work for all. But still, my case was minor you'd think for 40$ (mall kiosk price) that it would at least hydrate me

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 6/4/2015 3:26:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

i have an acne prone skin and i read the review bout how good this product for acne.
i easily got breakout in my forehead, sigh.

i bought 60 days trial pack for JPY 9,000 which consist of a cleanser, toner, acne cream and bonus a facial cleansing brush and moisturizer.

i found out that they were not working for me.
now not only my forehead, i got breakout in other parts of my face too :(
the moisturizer claimed that it's oil free but i realized that my breakout getting worsen every time i applied it.

very disappointed.

PS : but then recently i read on the packaging that its been reformulated for japanese skin.
is it the reason since japanese women tend to have more sensitive and fair skin? i dont know.


on 6/4/2015 2:33:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I used this range for 6 months leading up to my wedding since I came out with acne all over my jaw, cheeks and forehead most likely due to stress.
My skin absolutely hated this product I really pushed myself to believe in it, as at the time I didn't know of many other options.
My skin was constantly tight and dry, no matter how much moisturiser I used ( the green tea moisturiser). After 5 months I developed an awful rash under my jaw and on top of my upper lip, which persisted for a month. On the last week I used this range my eyes and lips swelled! I then decided to quit, and it took about a year for my skin to stop reacting to anything I put on it no matter the brand...
My skin was still not perfect on my wedding day 2 months after quitting, I developed sensitive skin after Pro Activ, and my skin was even more oily than before!

Since then I downloaded an app cosmeticingredientsmaze which you can use to look up the ingredients for your products, I was horrified to look at the lack of safety of the ingredients used in Pro Active!! Liver toxicity, reproductive toxicity, formaldehyde releasing ingredients!!!...

I'm really happy with natural ingredients now containing retinol and MSM. AND a couple years later acne free...
I still have sensitive skin on my fingertips from using this product so it's still affecting me!!!

Hope that helps anyone!


on 5/29/2015 7:29:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I tried this when I was younger and I know they have said they changed the formula since then but from my experience this is only for certain skin types. I believe more oily skin types. For me my face would dry out and then be clear for a little while and then I would break out again and then be clear. It just wasnt for me. My brother uses it-he has very very oily acne filled skin. to me it does not seem to be helping him. He tried my home remedy for acne and that seemed to help much better. not a fan of this.


on 5/23/2015 12:42:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Proactiv is amazing, if you work at McDonalds while wearing makeup so therefore you are incredibly oily. I used it for years starting from early high school to the start of this year (after I quit McDonalds). Even though it didn't completely rid me of acne, it did reduce it (which no previous system had), and there was about 6 months I didn't have acne but I think that was caused from not being stressed. I can no longer use the entire system without it drying up my skin even more than it is now. I thankfully have not had a bad reaction to it, and have not had the burning other people felt (but thats probably due to me not being allergic to chemicals but allergic to natural things). I may buy it again if I end up working in fast food again to pay for university, but hoping to get out of that. Also I had no problem cancelling my subscription but that may be because I am in Australia so the company is slightly different. and I had no increase in acne or such when I quit it.


on 5/5/2015 9:20:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I've tried this system many times and am so sorry I waited so long to find something better. What a complete rip off! Ordering online is a HUGE mistake because once they have you in the system they never let you out. Products appear by courier, which are dropped on your porch without having to be signed for which means could be stolen without your knowledge as well. And let's face it, they aren't cheap. I had to fight with them for 4 months to finally get my account closed and charges reversed for returned product. Shopping experience was a complete nightmare but now let's review the product...

There's a reason they tell you to use white towels. They should warn you to use only white bed linens and wear white clothes too. And while you're at it you may as well become an ultra light ash blond because this will suck all color from your hair, oh and lighten your skin in the process! And if you think oily skin is bad, there is nothing like red raw dry flaking itchy sensitive skin from this stuff. They recommend easing yourself into it, using it only once a day at first... What kind of product recommends limited use? As if you should ever have to toughen up your skin in order to use your cleanser and treatment moisturizer!? Honestly, I may be a bit harsh in my review but I'm trying to give some cold hard facts about my experience and prevent others from shelling out a lot of money to hurt your skin.


on 4/15/2015 9:31:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I used this product for about 2 years and The only reason I was using it for that long was because they still sent it after I cancelled online and on the phone, and on the phone again because they didn't cancel it the first time. It still sent for around a year after I stopped using it and I now have a collection of proactiv products I do not want at all, and I spent months paying for stuff I did not want. As for results, it did clear up slightly at first but it started coming back even worse as if the acne built a resistance against it. The products are very drying and bleached the hair by my forehead. I have been taking accutane and my acne is completely gone, no thanks to proactiv.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Some of the products were ok. But when I used the "system" together my skin got really really dry

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/10/2015 2:37:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Silver, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

anyone considering proactiv should consider:

Their deceptive business practices that require you to receive product and that do not cancel when requested, don't refund, etc.

Try Paula's Choice Clear Blemish Control system, regular or extra strength; you can get a 2-week trial of all 3 steps (normally $17, now $13), not just a tiny bit that won't tell you if it will work for you or not. She also has lots of other products for oily skin (other types too; I'm sensitive), if your primary issue isn't acne. Note that her benzoyl peroxide treatments are the only ones I've ever been able to use; I get the 0.5oz size 'cause I don't go through it very fast.

Plus, you can peruse the customer comments re: what works.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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