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Nope :( All it did was make my face red. All it is is benzoyl peroxide, which has been around for about 30 years. I remember using it (Oxy10) back in high school. Didn't work then, either. BUT... we're all different and it might work great for you--it's worth a try. You might want to go to the drug store and buy a cheaper version to try first. Good luck!
[QUOTE=nidcon06;3249130]Does Proactiv really work? I don't have bad ance but i do break out on my chin alot. Just want some feedback if you have used it!

It has worked wonders for me. Not only was my face acne-rific, but I also had blackheads and under-the-skin bumps all over (especially on my forehead). Just like those super-peppy commercial people say, I really did see an improvement within a few days of using it, but after a few months of using it, I saw the most improvement. My skin is really smooth now, and of course, I still get the occasional pimple, but it's so occasional compared to how I used to be.

And as a previous poster said, yes, the active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, which can be found in drugstore products, such as Oxy10. However, I've read that 2.5% is the highest concentration that is necessary, and though higher concentrations (like the 10% in Oxy10) are legal, they don't necessarily work any better than the lower concentrations. People just tend to think higher numbers mean better product. Sort of like thinking if two Tylenol help, why won't four work better!?

However, I will counter that with though benzoyl peroxide can be found in other products, this product isn't just plain old benzoyl peroxide. There's the exfoliating face wash, the toner (alcohol free), and the lotion. The three steps really do seem to work together (I've tried going lotion free for awhile, and the system works so well together, it's not worth skipping a step if you can help it). Of course, adding a moisturizer is good for any skin type (getting stuff specially made for oily skin if you have it is a must), and I have found that doing ProActiv plus using a moisturizer has made such a difference for my oily, acne prone skin.

I have actually had strangers compliment my skin before...very strange for me considering what my skin looked like in high school.
I tried Proactiv...it kind of worked for me. It made my skin really really oily, so I think it brought it to the surface. I started to notice some improvement...the problem was that I missed a single day of treatment and my skin flared again.

I think something important to note is the fact that they ARE willing to give you one to two months free...you can bet it won't be a permanent cure, and if it is, it will take an awful long time to achieve the results you want.

Basically, Proactiv is three components: benzoyl peroxide wash, moisturizer/astringent and benzoyl peroxide cream...all of these products can be purchased over the counter, probably for cheaper than the kit. I know the cream I found that worked the best was from the dollar store...

It's just a matter of finding out what works for you.