I don’t know what it is but pimples have been attacking my face the past few months. I know I’ve been exceptionally stressed, and that accounts for the majority of my breakouts, but I’m thinking there is an underlying cause I need to investigate. I’ve never had many breakouts in my years and I was hoping to skate through life with few more. Seeing as though that hasn’t been the case recently, I’ve turned to blemish spot treatments to help me over a few lumpy breakouts until I get my skin on track. I’ve never used, nor had a need to use, Proactiv Solution products but when I found the little tube of Advanced Blemish Cream buried deep in a box of skincare products I thought now would be the time to give it a go.
Do you need acne in order to use Proactiv? Will Proactiv work for my dry, mildly-blemished skin? Does Proactiv really work for Adam Levine, Julianne Hough and Naya Rivera? My review reveals the answers, except for that last question (who knows what works for celebrities!?!).
- The small white plastic tube has a fine tip nozzle that is sealed with a screw-off cap. Like all Proactive products, the packaging is basic white with green writing. Nothing much to look at and rather boring. It’s light weight and discreet so you could easily keep this in your handbag for emergencies.
- The cream is thick but the packaging allows you to squeeze out the tiny bit you require. Once the cream is rubbed in and has dried it’s transparent. No residue is visible.
- I had no problems with applying this product under makeup. It didn’t effect the appearance or wear-time of my makeup.
- You only need to dab a tiny dot of cream onto each pimple. If you apply too much you will end up moving beyond just the pimple and this can lead to over-drying of unaffected skin. It’s best to apply less at first and if you think you didn’t get the entire pimple you can always squeeze out a bit more. Occasionally I had to do this on pimples that were very large.
- It worked well when applied to a blind pimple at the first sign of it appearing. If I caught it as soon as it start to rise, the cream worked to make it disappear with 4-5 days when applied morning and night (always after cleansing my face). This is a good result as it stopped the pimple from growing too big, it barely had any redness but it never formed a head which means I didn’t have the pleasure of popping it (yes, I’m naughty. You shouldn’t pop pimples but I just love that feeling of release!).
- On a blind pimple that had already reached full growth before I started treating, it took about 5-7 days on average to get rid of. I should note that when I get these types of pimples they are MASSIVE, resembling a large pea under my skin. I think 5-7 days is satisfactory by comparison to other pimple spot treatments but it still isn’t as fast-acting as I would like. It did however relieve a lot of the pain I felt from the built up pressure and removed the redness so this is a sign that it was breaking down the gunk from first application but it took a while for it to be visible externally. Again, these never developed a head so again I had nothing to pop (darn it!)
- On pimples that did have a head and I was able to remove the pimple correctly, the cream worked extremely fast to get rid of remaining gunk and any redness. In most cases, the results were apparent within just 5 hours after application.
- From the tube you can smell a rather chemically scent but you can’t smell this when the product is applied.
- Even though I have dry skin and a drying product isn’t something I would usually recommend, I do think this product is helpful when applied directly to just the pimple. Never go outside the pimple borders as it is too drying for unblemished skin, even if you have oily skin.
- I consider this an occasional use product for rare breakouts or emergencies. If you do have acne or suffer from regular breakouts I would recommend you use a pimple treating routine of various products once you have learnt the source of your breakouts. It’s best to speak to a dermatologist before treating pimples and breakouts.
What Proactiv says ….
Target stubborn pimples and hit the spot!
- Concentrated Benzoyl Peroxide (5%) penetrates pores to clear the blemish.
- Allantoin, panthenol absorb excess oil, soothe irritation and moisturise the skin.
- It dries invisible.
- Packaged in a “take anywhere” handy tube.
- Size: 9.45g
Australia $25 from Proactiv
USA $18 from Proactiv
Proactiv’s own claim is that they do not test on animals, however they do not appear on any certified cruelty-free list. The FAQ section on the Proactiv Canadian website states the following:
Does Proactiv+ test on animals?
Our formulas are not tested on animals.
No information regarding the use of animal ingredients is provided. Refer to individual product ingredient lists.
Water (Aqua), Ethoxydiglycol, Benzoyl Peroxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Methylpropanediol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Polyquaternium-37, Propylene Glycol, Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Propylene Glycol, PPG-1 Tridecth-6, Panthenol, Allantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum)