♥ Why its popular ♥
I've said a couple of times on my various social media sites that proactiv is bad for your skin and tons of people keep asking me why, so I thought this would be a very informative blog post for those of you struggling with acne, and those of you who are victims of proactiv. First of all, the main reason why they are so popular is because of their various commercials featuring celebrities with perfect airbrushed looking skin. This alone should be an indication that its a waste of money. The only reason celebrities are doing these commercials is because they are getting paid thousands and thousands of dollars to say a few words and be pictured with a bottle of proactiv. Celebrities have dermatologists that take care of their skin for them. They definitely don't use what they are advertising.
♥ Whats actually in it ♥
Proactiv features many chemicals that are terrible for your body. Chemicals you don't want on your skin at all, let alone your face. I have read numerous stories of how proactiv actually bleached their towels and pillow covers, thats a pretty huge indication that something is WAY too harsh for your skin. When you use proactiv, it basically drys out your skin as much as it can. This is terrible because your skin needs natural oils to rejuvenate itself. Not all oils on your skin are bad! Since your skin is so dry obviously, break outs are less common. But, at what cost? Drying out your skin in that kind of way can be really bad for you in the long run, causing acne scars, premature aging, skin flaking, pealing, and redness. These are all things we are trying to run away from, so its confusing as to why proactiv is so popular right? Well like I said before, they make their commercials very, very convincing. There are so many people who are misinformed about acne products and what they are actually putting on their face.
Heres a breakdown of some of the major ingredients in proactiv:
♥ Benzoyl peroxide: This is a very common ingredient in a lot of acne medications, although, if your skin is already damaged and you have some scarring, or some pimples here and there it can be dangerous for your skin. Benzoyl works by destroying oil and bacteria under your skin (this is where the dryness comes from) There is also a debate that it can even increase your risk of cancer. Proactiv actually uses this ingredient in their moisturizer. That makes no sense for a moisturizer to contain an ingredient that is meant to dry out your face.
♥ Sulfur: Another common ingredient for acne products. Sulfur is basically meant to dry out your skin (with all that benzoyl all you need is more drying -__-) if used on open acne or any kind of breakage on the skin, sulfur can cause acne scars and make things thousands of times worse. Sulfur is really high on the pH scale which encourages the growth of bacteria on your skin.
♥ Zinc oxide: This ingredient is commonly used in sunscreens. This is yet, ANOTHER product in proactiv that is debated to cause cancer. This ingredient has also been shown to whiten skin, and bleach things.
there are a lot of chemicals in proactive other than these three, but these are the main ingredients that are found in all of their products, I also wanted to share these things with you so you can be a little more knowledgeable about whats in your acne products.
♥ Overview ♥
If something burns, irritates, bleaches, or drys out your skin, chances are you shouldn't be using it. There are people who argue against people who think proactive doesn't work, because the honest truth is, that it does work for some people, but like I said before, in the long run it will hurt your skin way more than you were anticipating. The second you stop spending money on their products, your acne comes back. This is how they get you. They want to make it seem like you need proactiv for your acne to calm down, when in all reality, you want to be using a product that is healing you, not just pausing something. Using chemicals after chemicals on your skin isn't going to heal you, its going to hurt you. Now, with all that being said, if you use proactiv, and love it then by all means keep using it if thats what you want, but be warned of all of the bad things that it contains, if you have not used it before and are considering using it, I would 100% recommend not to. I actually asked you guys to help me out with this review!♥ If you would like to read what some of my followers have to say about proactiv and their experiences with it click here.
♥ Healthy alternatives ♥
I already know some of you are wondering what some natural alternatives are for your skin so i'm going to let you know some of the things, that I have found that work in amazing ways. I am a absolute lover of everything lush, but lush does come with a price tag (kind of expensive to use on a daily basis ; - ;) but if you are willing to pay the price, then I would recommend checking out lush. If you want to learn more about lush just search lush on my left sidebar!
Here are some yummy things to help out your skin in it's time of need:
♥ Organic honey
♥ Tea tree oil
♥ Vitamin E
♥ Coconut oil
♥ Organic oatmeal (uncooked)
♥ Green tea (drinking it and using it as a topical treatment)
♥ Egg whites
♥ Aloe vera
♥ Organic plain yogurt
♥ And the list goes on and on!
If you guys would like some more in depth ways you can use every day items as scrubs, moisturizers, or anything good for your skin or hair just let me know and i'll be sure to do that ♥