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So it is no secret that I struggle with adult acne. Not only am I still dealing with acne like a teen, I am also in my 30s and starting to get fine lines. I will admit that it used to be much worse than it is now, but the time has come to rid myself of all of that. I have been using the Proactiv+ system for the last month and I want to tell you about my experience. I do want to mention that the “plus” in the name means “more” with more advanced skin care benefits built in to give you more luminous complexions. I can solemnly say that I have noticed a more luminous appearance so I will go on record as backing that.
The first step, and quite possibly my favorite in the entire system, is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. I love exfoliating and this one is perfection. Not only do I actually feel the scrubby bits, but it is gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate anything. I typically use this after my regular cleanser. I have always double cleansed, and I like to leave exfoliation for my last step. This has a benzoyl peroxide acne treatment in it, so SCORE!
The Pore Targeting Treatment is the second step in the process. After I pat my face dry I apply this to my entire face. My pores are the size of dinner plates and they trap all of the bad things. This is ALSO a benzoyl peroxide acne treatment and it is love.
Before I move on to the 3rd and final step I want to share something that may be borderline TMI. This morning when I was doing this step I noticed that a textured/bumpy area on my cheek looked a little different. I gently ran my fingernail over it and a ball of sebum rolled right out. That means that this ball of sebum had been trapped under a layer of skin and between these two treatments and exfoliation it unearthed it. That is amazing if you ask me. I love to see physical changes. Bonus is that there was NO irritation during the process.
Because of my combination (oily and dry patches) skin I have always leaned towards gel moisturizers and the Complexion Perfecting Hydrator feels like the perfect merge between a gel and a cream. It feels sort of heavy when you first apply it but soon after it sinks right in and feels light. I smooth it over my face and then down my neck! LOVE it.
A bonus to the routine is the Skin Purifying mask, which is a sulfur acne treatment. When I feel a blemish coming on I apply it on with a q-tip for preciseness and sleep. By the time I wake up the next morning all signs of the blemish are usually gone.
I never usually show my bare skin on my blog, but Proactiv+ has given me the confidence to do so. Mostly because it is in the past! In the photo below you can see that my skin suffers from redness, textured skin, large pores, and just in general unhappiness. In the after picture you can also see that my skin is more hydrated, it’s smoother, and past acne marks are faded. Also my texture, tone, and pore appearance has improved leaving my skin brighter and more even.
So tell me in the comments below: What do you find that gives you confidence? Is it a solid skincare routine, a gorgeous lipstick, or a lucky charm? If it is a lucky charm then GIMME GIMME!
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