Roden And Fields Proactiv Plus Review
The Heavily Celebrity Endorsed Acne Treatment System Gets A Revamp
What Is Proactiv Plus?
Proactiv is a big name acne treatment, in fact, its probably one of the most famous non-prescription acne treatments there is and you’re almost certainly familar with the name.
Celebrities such as Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Strictly Come Dancing’s Ola Jordan have all endorsed the product in the media, having using the products themselves to keep their skin looking its best on and off camera.
Its recently undergone a makeover to produce a new and improved formulation.
Proactiv Plus is a 3 step skin care solution designed to work in 3 ways to help treat existing acne and prevent future spots from forming.
There are a number of products available in the Proactiv range that include; Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Pore Targeting Treatment, Complexion Perfection Hydrator and Medicated Cleansing Body Bar that all work in conjunction to help to treat all forms of mild to moderate acne on face and body.
How Does Proactiv Plus Work?
The manufacturers Roden And Fields claim that Proactiv Plus system works to:
- Balance skin and control oil
- Reduce redness and relieve irritation
- Shrink pores so they are less noticeable
- Moisturise and soften skin
- Improve skin’s texture and tone
- Improve texture and help to minimise the appearance of dark marks
Its designed to be used twice a day and should replace your usual skin care regime.
What’s In Proactiv Plus?
The active ingredient in many of the Proactiv Plus products, the original versions and the newer versions is Salicylic Acid.
Salicylic Acid is used to correct the abnormal shedding of cells. In the case of acne, salicylic acid helps to unclog blocked pores which in turn prevents spots and pimples from forming. Its a very common ingredient in acne treatments and should be used continuously to prevent outbreaks from re-occurring.
Other ingredients include:
Glycolic acid is known as an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), treats acne by ‘sloughing’ the top superficial layer of the skin to dry and then peel away.
Sulphur is commonly used in acne medications in combination with other substances such as salicylic acid and alcohol. Sulphur in its natural form has an unpleasant smell which is why it cannot be used on its own. Its not totally understood how sulphur works to clear acne.
Sodium Hydroxide or lye as it is also known, is used in a number of skin care products, including cosmetics and acne treatments which alters the pH level of a product as it is highly alkaline.
As to be expected the manufacturers website is full of very positive and unbiased testimonials;
In the absence of any before and after photos, we’re not sure how genuine these testimonials actually are..
Here are some independent reviews courtesy of acne.org from some dissatisfied customers;
Where To Buy Proactiv Plus In Ireland
Proactiv Plus can be purchased directly from the manufacturers, they ship worldwide and offer a 60 day money back guarantee.
Prices range from €24.99 for the Proactive Plus Introductory Core Kit to the Proactiv Deluxe Core kit priced at €74.97.
Proactiv Plus is a generally safe product to use, (unless you are sensitive or allergic to the ingredients) it doesn’t require a trip to your doctor for a prescription and is simple to incorporate into your daily routine.
The purchase is risk-free with a 60 day money back guarantee, however, there is (like with most things) a catch.
Once you purchase the introductory core kit, (which you receive in 30 days from then) every 90 days you are sent the kit automatically and charged €24.99 per month.
Although the manufacturers say you can cancel at any time by phoning them, with autoship programs such as this, it’s rarely this simple –
While some users may find the Proactiv system great for their skin, there is a large number of users who complain that Proactiv actually worsened their skin in the long-run, probably due to 2 ingredients in particular that can be caustic to the skin.
Sodium Hydroxide is a known skin irritant, this is usually in higher concentrations that what is possibly used in Proactiv but it is still a cause for concern.
Sulphur/Sulfur is potentially very irritating to the skin as it is so caustic. Sulphur when applied to the face has been known to commonly cause allergic reactions in a few individuals, they include hives, swelling and difficulty breathing. It is also purported to have only a marginal effect on acne at best.
It is also important to protect your skin from the sun when using any product that contains glycolic acid as it can make it more prone to burning.
Any acne treatment can have an adverse effect in some people, some will be more sensitive to its active ingredients and others people will be unaffected.
But any product that has an autoship program is a big red flag and the truth is, there are better products out there without any obligation to keep buying, that are not only gentler on the face and but also effective and safe.
Alternatives To Proactiv Plus
If you’re looking for an alternative to Proactiv Plus, why not check out our recommended acne treatments?
Based on our research, these have an excellent record of satisfied customers, are made up of gentler formulations making them a purchase you can feel confident in making.