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What Is the Acne Treatment Proactiv?

Learn about the acne treatment Proactiv from dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD in this Howcast skin care video.


I'm sure all of you have heard of Proactiv. It's a very well marketed treatment plan. What it is, is a three step program that uses benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid to treat your acne.

I don't have a problem with Proactiv for mild acne. What I do find surprising is that so many people use it when the same ingredients are available in any drug store over the counter for much less money.

I think people like it because of all the celebrities selling it on TV, as well as the fact that it comes in a three step program so it's easy to do, and you can get everything in one place.

Remember if you're using Proactiv and it's working for you that's wonderful. Keep using it. But I see the patients who've already tried Proactiv and it has failed for them.

Please know that I have many other things that I can use to help you with your acne. Proactiv is not the only solution.

I will say I do like the clay mask and the spa treatment from Proactiv and I do sometimes recommend those to my patients.

The bottom line is, if it's working for you great. If it's not don't despair there's a lot of other things to try.

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