How Proactiv® Works

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The Proactiv+ System

Clear Skin Starts in the Pore

We know acne, and we know skin. And we know what it takes to have a clear flawless-looking complexion, which is what you'll see with Proactiv+.

The Proactiv+ System clear skin starts in the pore

We know acne, and we know skin. And we know what it takes to have a clear flawless-looking complexion, which is what you’ll see with Proactiv+.

We also know that acne begins deep inside the pore, launched by a "perfect storm" of microscopic events - bacterial overgrowth, excess oil production, dead skin cells that clog the pore, and ultimately, inflammation creating a red, swollen bump on your skin.

Proactiv+ is an acne-treatment system that delivers skincare in every step. Formulated not only to heal, treat, and clear acne, it also helps to diminish the evidence of past breakouts, restoring skin to its healthy-looking appearance. Here's how:

What's the Difference

We revolutionized acne treatment 20 years ago with the Proactiv 3-Step System. With continued research and technology, we are able to bring you the latest and most effective system to fight acne breakouts and achieve radiant skin. And so, here's what we've done to make Proactiv+ even more successful in creating a clear, smoother and brighter complexion for you.

Smart Target® Technology

You may know that benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is the gold standard in treating acne; it’s a strong medicine that effectively kills bacteria in the pores, where acne starts. But BPO can also be irritating to your skin. Our exclusive Smart Target® technology encapsulates BPO so it doesn’t sit on skin’s surface but is pulled directly into your pores with laser-like precision to start killing bacteria on contact. In fact, with Smart Target®, Proactiv+ now delivers 2X more BPO into the pores.

Added Medicine

Formulated with antimicrobial BPO (2.5%) in Steps 1 and 2 to kill acne-causing bacteria in your pores. We've added the acne medicine, salicylic acid (0.5%), to Step 3 of Proactiv + to help prevent breakouts by keeping pores clear of excess oil and dead skin cells.

Built-In Hydration

Each step in Proactiv+ contains hydrating skincare ingredients formulated to attract, lock-in and help moisturize the skin. You won't experience the dryness often associated with acne medicine. In fact, you can expect results comparable to high-end skin care, because that's exactly what Proactiv+ is!

Skincare Benefits

Once your acne is under control, you'll want to erase the evidence and restore your skin to its natural beauty. Now, Proactiv+ has powerful skincare ingredients like skin brightening botanicals, omegas and hyaluronic acid to address other skin concerns associated with acne, like redness, post-acne marks and uneven tone and texture. For as long as you use Proactiv+ with its blend of brighteners, moisturizers, and conditioners, you'll enjoy your new-found smooth, uniform, clear, and radiant complexion. With Proactiv+ you'll be experiencing the best combination of medicine and good for you skincare ingredients. Clear skin without compromise.

The Results Are In

Prior to making Proactiv+ available to the public, a 13-week user-perception study was conducted. Not only did every single participant enjoy fewer breakouts, but over 90% of them also reported:

  • Smaller-looking pores
  • Less oily skin
  • Smoother-looking skin
  • Improved look of texture & clarity
  • Visibly improved post-acne marks
  • Brighter-looking complexion
  • Less dryness
  • Less irritation & redness
  • More radiance