ProActiv - bad idea in the long term?
August 31, 2010 10:15 AM Subscribe
What are the long term effects of ProActiv on my skin? (And should I bother trying to kick the stuff?) I feel like all this daily abrasion can't be a good thing, but every time I try to change products, the acne rears up again.
posted by nicoleincanada to health & fitness (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I was a teenager with awful acne, and am now an adult with moderate to mild acne (which can worsen pretty quickly if I'm not vigilant about skin care).
What's worked best for me as an adult is ProActiv, but I have vague, possibly unfounded fears that so much daily exfoliation must, somehow, be prematurely aging my skin, or having some sort of other negative longterm effect. I periodically get it into my head that what I really is a) more naturally-sourced skin care products, or b) something cheaper and milder that will probably work just as well as that expensive stuff I have to buy at a mall boutique, of all places. But these attempts inevitably do not work out and send me running back to ProActiv.
So I suppose the question is threefold:
1) Any ideas if ProActiv is, in fact, a bad idea in the long term? Lots of (sometimes dubious) anecdata online, but would welcome some "my dermatologist told me XXXX" type of comments.
2) Anyone out there who has used ProActiv successfully and managed to change to something milder (and perhaps cheaper)?
3) Anyone noticed a visible connection between the foods they eat and acne? Yeah, this isn't really my question, but I'm at the point of trying anything and thought I should poll the crowd before temporarily giving up dairy/wheat/refined sugar/etc.
For reference, here's what I tried as a teenage acne sufferer:
unsuccessfully: all manner of OTC creams/gels/etc, rounds of Tetracycline, Minocycline, Erethromycine (at least, I think I tried them all - it's been a while)
successfully: a round of Accutane helped a lot, though I'd really prefer not to go that route again for a problem that is, frankly, not extreme at this point.
Thanks in advance!