I never really experienced a problem with acne, but all through my teen years and 20's I would consistantly get blemishes. I finally decided to try Proactive and get rid of all blemish problems, or so I thought. I began using Proactive in the fall and within months my skin looked and felt absolutely AMAZING! I thought this is what I have been looking for all of my life. I wasn't experiencing any breakouts at all and people were complimenting me on how wonderful my skin looked. About a year later I worked and lived outdoors for a summer photography job and began to use Proactive less and less. By the end of the summer and beginning of the fall I noticed breakouts like I had never seen before! I used Proactive again thinking my skin was missing the benefits. I was terribly wrong. I then decided to quit using it all together. NOW one year later I am sorry to say that my skin has experienced some of the worst ACNE issues of my life. Now I have ACNE and would give anything to go back to just having blemishes. MY pores are much larger and the oil production is so bad I cannot keep shine off of my face.
I am certain PROACTIVE ruined my skin and I am trying desperately to recover. I began using Noxema face wash and occasionally apricot scrubs with a bit of Salicylic acid in them. I also began using Witch Hazel as my toner and that seems to help tremendously. Also I use Antibiotic cream when I have a blemish that has popped or gotten too big. My final treatment is using face masks(Avon Pore Reduction) to treat blemishes that start on my skin. I will put on over night for a few nights in a row..if they are cystic it will prevent them from forming and if they are pimples it will cause them to head up much sooner.
IT is amazing as I type all the things I go through just to try and have normal looking skin. I wish I could turn back time and never ever use Proactive. I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. I was even on the commercial and everything. I was a believer, but it just seems too coincidental that right after I used this product I got HORRIBLE acne after 31 years of life. Best of luck to you all.