Starting Proactiv

The time to start the next phase of our acne treatment is long overdue. This time I feel like we are really on the way to beating it. We are better prepared to start Proactiv than we have been with the other acne treatments we have tried in the past. Not only are we better prepared with good habits for success, we have read the instructions from start to finish so my daughter started using Proactiv this morning.

The deluxe system is what we decided to purchase. It came with three main products and a few bonus products. The essential system includes a cleanser, toner and repairing lotion. These three products are to be used in a certain order twice a day in the morning and at night before bed.

I told my daughter to forget about trying to remember the names of the products just remember the order in which they should be applied. To make it a little bit easier we actually labeled each of the bottles 1, 2 and 3 with a black marker so my daughter would be sure to put the product on in the correct order. I also took the liberty of lining up the bottles, number first and side by side in the medicine cabinet to make this process as easy as possible for her.

  • Bottle #1 is the renewing cleanser and is to be used first. The cleanser is a common acne treatment that contains benzoyl peroxide, which is meant to penetrate any acne spots, and exfoliate and destroy the bacteria that collect on the skin.
  • Bottle #2 is the revitalizing toner. The toner is alcohol free so it won’t dry out the skin. It removes all the excess oils from the skin and is supposed to leave the skin with that soft feeling.
  • Bottle #3 is a medicated lotion that is supposed to repair the skin by penetrating the clogged pores. It is also supposed to help minimize imperfections such as spots and scars on the face.

My daughter told me I was acting crazy about all of this business about labeling the bottles with a black marker and arranging them in order, but I told her she would thank me later.

Right now I want to get her focused on the new treatment and applying the three most important elements of the system. We can figure out the best use of the rest of the products once she gets a solid schedule for the essentials. I put these bonus products back in the box for safe keeping until we are ready to take the next step. I feel like we have once again started a new chapter and I am hopeful that we will see some results from Proactiv.


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