One of the things I had to deal with after running my first full marathon last Sunday was my pimple breakout. The following day, I not only woke up to an aching body, I also woke up to a pimple infested face. We’re not talking about modest looking pimples here mind you, we’re talking about big, fat zits.
Anyway, I kind of expected this scenario already after I spent a total of 7 grueling hours running, with the last two, under the heat of the sun last Sunday. I knew it was inevitable that the combination of sweat, heat, and dust will cause my skin to break out that is why I had my Proactiv Renewing Cleanser ready and on stand by. Personally speaking, it is hands down, the best post marathon or post exercise facial wash for me.
You might be wondering what makes Proactiv Renewing Cleanser superior than the regular cleanser / soap. Well, let me tell you that it is because of its formulation. While it may seem counter intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog pores any better than gentle cleansing. In fact, it may actually worsen acne. Although it reduces surface oils and dead skin cells, using harsh products, laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents) to wash the acne off the skin may cause it to worsen and become more irritated.
Proactive Renewing Cleanser gently unplug pores because its fine polyethylene beads efficiently exfoliates dead cells and gently relieve impacted pores of impurities. It does not contain any surfactants/detergents unlike many other cleansers. Surfactants are the chemicals responsible for the sudsy foam and lather in detergents. It strip skin of essential oils and cause its barrier to become damaged and vulnerable to irritation and impaction.
Proactiv Renewing Cleanser’s oil free and soap free medicated formula contains advanced micro crystal benzoyl peroxide which when combined with a mild cleanser can lightly and gently wash the skin. Based on my experience, the Renewing Cleanser does not cause a stinging sensation after washing that is why I prefer it over other facial wash in the market. Usually, right after running, I wash my face with it because I know that the benzoyl peroxide penetrates the pores fast. It attacks and kills acne-causing bacteria thereby reducing the number of acne pimples.
Take a look at some of its winning ingredients:
Benzoyl Peroxide. The essential anti bacterial agent that fights acne. The 2.5% concentration is just effective as the 10% found in most solutions. This low concentration gives an acne-fighting benefit with no side effects.
Sodium Hyaluronate. This mucopolysaccharides act as humectant that draw moisture to the skin. Mucopolysaccharides are gel like substances surrounding the collagen and elastin in the dermis layer of the skin.
Polyethylene. These small round beads have no sharp edges that can tear and scratch the skin. These are responsible for removing old and dead cells. This gives my face the squeky clean feel after washing.
Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract. A botanical extract known for its soothing properties. Skin feels totally relaxed after washing.
The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is included in the Proactiv Solution 30-day and 60-day kits. It is best used with the Proactiv Combination Therapy. It is the one that helps remove dead skin cells and impurities that clog pores while the advanced microcrystal benzoyl peroxide in the Proactiv® 3-Step System kill acne-causing bacteria. The glycolic acid and other exfoliants reduce excess oils and dead skin cells.
For better results, use morning and night. Just apply a small (dime-sized) amount to damp skin and gently massage for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day. If you are going outside use a sunscreen.
Proactiv Solution kits are available at:
a. Proactiv Online Shopping: http://my.proactiv.com.ph
b. Proactiv Delivery Door–to-Door Hotlines: Metro Manila Landline: (02) 729-2222 Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888 PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444 Mobile Number: 0917-801-888
c. Proactiv Mall Kiosks Glorietta, Ground Floor Trinoma, 2nd Floor
d. Watson and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwi