It's All About the Ingredients
Like any perfect recipe, high quality, effective ingredients, combined in exactly the right proportions, are critical to a product's success. These are the key ingredients that make Proactiv+ so effective at clearing acne, helping prevent new breakouts, and delivering exceptional skincare benefits like smoother, more radiant skin.
Benzoyl peroxide is widely known as one of the best anti-acne treatments because it starts killing bacteria on contact in the pores, where acne starts. You'll find it in steps 1 and 2 of Proactiv+. Glycolic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) and salicylic acid (anti-acne treatment) are excellent at sloughing off dead skin cells so that pores don't become clogged. This also helps to minimize the look of pores and give an all-over radiance to skin. Used in the right sequence and in our proprietary Proactiv+ formulations, these tried and true ingredients can control your acne.
The gold standard in treating acne... also aids in unplugging pores and reducing oil production. Read More
Glycolic acid helpsskin to look and feels smoother and appear softer and more radiant. Read More
Salicylic acid encourages dead skin cells to loosen and shed. Read More
A skin brightening agent, kojic acid is designed to inhibit the formation of pigment. Read More
When hyaluronic acid is applied to our skin, it helps boost moisture levels. Read More
Even more skincare ingredients for even better skin
Proactiv+ offers exceptional skincare benefits, like hydrated, even-toned and radiant-looking skin, and these new ingredients can give you these beautiful results. Our Skin Brightening Complex contains skin brightening botanicals like kojic acid, licorice extract, bearberry root and sophora root. Our moisturizing complex has powerful humectants such as hyaluronic acid which pulls in moisture like a magnet to visibly plump us and hydrate the skin. And our skin conditioning complex has specialized skincare ingredients like bisabolol designed to help soothe and calm redness and irritation. All three of these complexes are in Step 3 Complexion Perfecting Hydrator along with a skin mattifier and nourishing prebiotic. These are the high-end skincare ingredients now found in Proactiv+.
The gold standard in treating acne, benzoyl peroxide (BPO) is an antimicrobial acne medication that works by starting to kill p. acnes bacteria on contact, right in the pore. BPO also aids in unplugging pores and reducing oil production, which can be caused by hormones and occurs at the beginning of the acne cycle. It's been used for over 50 years in treating mild to moderate acne without any of the known bacterial resistance often associated with antibiotics. You'll find a 2.5% concentration in Steps 1 and 2 of Proactiv+.
For many dermatologists, the 2.5% BPO concentration is as effective as higher ones, but significantly less irritating for most people. What makes our proprietary BPO so effective and gentler our exclusive Smart Target® technology consisting of encapsulated and micronized BPO tdesigned to go directly into the pores where it is needed.
Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Originally it was derived from sugar cane. It's a common, effective skincare ingredient known for its exfoliating and skin brightening properties. Glycolic acid helps to loosen the bonds of dead skin cells and enhances exfoliation of the skin's surface and within the opening of pores to help reveal the healthy living cells beneath. Glycolic acid helps skin to look and feel smoother and appear softer and more radiant. Glycolic acid is found in Proactiv+ Step 1 Skin Smoothing Exfoliator.
An anti-acne medicine and mild beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid encourages dead skin cells to loosen and shed, helping keep the pores clear of cellular debris. This is especially important in treating acne so that pores are not plugged by dead skin cells, which can trap oil and bacteria if left on the skin's surface. Without a buildup of dead skin cells, pores can look smaller and skin more radiant.
Salicylic acid, derived originally from the bark of the willow tree, is one of the most common active ingredients for mild to moderate acne because of its success on clogged pores. It's found in Proactiv+ Step 3 Complexion Perfection Hydrator. (0.5%).
Hyaluronic acid is in the Moisturizing Complex of Step 3 Complexion Perfection Hydrator.. It's a naturally occurring humectant agent that can hold several hundred times its weight in water. It's found in the human body in large amounts in the spaces between skin cells, providing moisture and plumpness. It's not an "acid" in the traditional sense as there's nothing harsh about it.
When hyaluronic acid is applied to our skin, it acts as a magnet to draw moisture to the skin helping to keep skin visibly plump and hydrated. Hyaluronic acid is also known for its soothing, calming and protective properties. As a key ingredient in Proactiv+ Complexion Perfection Hydrator., it provides oil-free moisturization, so that your skin will feel softer, smoother, and more supple.
Skin Brightening Complex
Skin Brightening Complex
Our proprietary Skin Brightening Complex contains kojic acid, licorice extract, bearberry and sophora root. Each of these ingredients is a natural skin brightener specially selected to deliver solutions to some of the most common problems of an acne-prone complexion, such as, unwanted pigmentation, redness, blotchiness and dull, ashy-looking skin. This effective Skin Brightening Complex helps skin become more even toned, brighter, and more radiant as well as fades the look of post-acne marks. It's found in Proactiv+ Step 3
Complexion Perfection Hydrator.