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Complete your beauty regimen with Proactiv

Women’s beauty regimen are often deemed complicated by many with all the elements that come with it. We go through all the trouble of cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing because we want to ensure that our beauty comes out in all its majestic glory. But really, when you think about it, it all boils down to having a healthy attitude and lifestyle. A well-balanced diet, positive disposition, sound fitness plan, and ample sleep and resting time make a big difference. 

Having the right product in your beauty regimen counts a lot too. For us with acne prone skin, that is Proactiv Solution. Here are some healthy and practical tips from our well loved brand Proactiv Solution that might help you achieve that radiant and beautiful skin:

Make sure to have clean hands before washing or touching any part of your face. Remove any trace of makeup and dampen skin with lukewarm water. Some use hot water to clean their faces thinking it might help kill bacteria. If anything, this will just increase the blood flow in your head making your face turn red. Also, hot water won’t open your pores, and neither would cold water close them. Pores appearance depends on the amount of oil, dirt, and dead skin that have accumulated in them.

Keep exfoliating. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells. Proactiv Solution’s exfoliating beads aid in shedding those dead cells and prepare your skin for any medication that will be applied. 

Never scrub. Exfoliation is different from scrubbing. While exfoliation gently removal dead skin cells, scrubbing is its violent counterpart. It won’t rid you of acne but instead create small skin tear that will make you more prone to infection and inflammation. 

Use a mild cleanser. Cleansers with strong alcohol content remove the skin’s natural oil and moisture making it drier which results all the more to an increase in oil production.

Avoid pricking your pimples. Spot treatment on areas marked with acne won’t work either. Instead of pricking, pick a proper treatment that would work for you. Proactiv Solution is your best bet. When consistently applied, Proactiv Solution works without fail. 
  

Good thing it is here to stay to help solve Filipinos’ perennial skin problems such as acne. Proactiv Solution uses a 3-Step system that can help you achieve that clear, healthy, and glowing skin. Complete your daily beauty regimen with Proactiv Solution and in no time, you will have that beautifully radiant skin you have always wanted. 

The three step Proactiv Solution kit is available in all Watson or SM Department Store nationwide. Price is at Php 2,495 for the 30-day kit and Php 3,995 for the 60-day kit. 

Proactiv Success Stories

I chanced upon a friend who I have not seen for a long time the other day and she remarked how she’s been missing some of my selfies in Instagram. I hate to admit it but my struggle with adult acne have put my face off social media for a while.

It’s true that acne tends to create a wall between you and the world. When you have acne, you avoid social events and shy away from situations that would put your pimples on spotlight. Case in point, I cannot count the number of times I have to save myself from an embarassing conversation that started out as nice but ended up awkward because the person I was talking to cannot help but remark about my breakouts. I know its rude but I mean, how can they help it when I have big angry pimples screaming, ACNE!

Anyway, Acne influences a person’s self-esteem and self-confidence in ways a person with a perfect skin won’t even understand. Even mild breakouts have a negative impact on how a person with acne feels about herself. Trust me, I know.

But for the Acne warriors out there like me who’s been battling with this skin disease for a long time, here’s a word of advice. Carry on, don’t give up because Proactiv Solution is here to help us win the fight! Proactiv Solution is the only acne management system that successfully combines medicated ingredients to treat and control acne. It uses several ingredients in one system to address the blemishes you have now and help keep new ones from forming. With Proactiv, you’ll get back the control you once have over your skin in no time.

Here are some inspirational stories from ordinary people who have won over acne and who are now enjoying the life-changing benefits of clear, beautiful skin.

Alex Gonzaga

alex gonzaga

I’m really thankful I gave it a try. I use Proactiv everyday and it’s amazing. It really works! It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean especially after a long day at the studio. Now, I have balanced skin and my acne is under control. No more oily cheeks, no more dry skin and best of all, no more pimples.”

Know more about Alex’ full story here: ALEX’ STORY

Nolin Dela Cruz

Nolin Dela Cruz

“After six weeks of using Proactiv, my skin improved. Ngayon, mas confident na ako…”

Watch Nolin’s full story here: NOLIN’S STORY

Lourdes Agcaoili

Lourdes Agcaoili

“Nakita ko agad ang resulta. Nag-heal ang mga pimples at na-lessen ang oiliness. And then nung umuwi ang husband ko from abroad, he said, Wow ang ganda mo ngayon. You look great!”

Watch Lourdes’ full story here: LOURDES’ STORY

Mark Chuahiock

mark Chuahiok

“After using it for three months, my friends began noticing that my skin was improving. Then after six months, my face cleared. I recommend Proactiv to my friends. Now, I am the one inviting them for photo shoots.”

Watch Mark’s full story here: MARK’S STORY

Mike Irapta

Mark Irapta

“Of course I will recommend Proactiv, talagang effective siya. Makikita nyo naman wala na yung acne ko.”

Watch Mike’s fullstory here: MIKE’S STORY

Start your own succes story, use Proactiv now!:)

Benzoyl Peroxide and Proactiv

There seemed to be a lot of over the counter medications in the market today which claim to be the perfect treatment for acne. While it is good to have a good number of choices or options in terms of acne treatment, it is also wise to be discerning when it comes to products that we use on our faces.

For years now, the gold standard for treating mild to moderate acne is benzoyl peroxide. This topical antimicrobial medicine is known to specifically target P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts and is widely popular for its anti- inflammatory and anti-pore clogging properties.

Though not classified as antibiotic, it has been the cornerstone of prescription and over-the-counter acne therapy medication including Proactiv for over 50 years now.

An exclusive form of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) can found in the Proactiv 3-Step System’ s Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3). The crystalline BPO present in these Proactiv products were finely milled in order to achieve the pore penetrating action that is needed to control the acne cycle without compromising gentleness on skin.

Other Ways To Treat Acne

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SOAP

While it may seem counter-intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog pores any better than gentle cleansing. To a certain extent, they have been seen to do more harm than good since such actions only worsen acne. While we cannot deny that cleansing and scrubbing reduce surface oils and dead skin cells, most cleansers available in the market today are laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents). Surfactants which are responsible for the sudsy foam and lather in most cleansers, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin’ s barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and infection. Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser contains fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation.

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SALICYLIC ACID

Salicylic acid, another ingredient present in most acne treatment medication, breaks through the plug but does not kill the P. acnes bacteria, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Acne is caused by a variety of factors so it is best to use a medicated cleanser, like Proactiv, with proven ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide or sulfur that help unclog pores, kill bacteria and/or reduce inflammation.

PROACTIV SOLUTION VS. ORAL DRUGS

When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. Although there are studies which support the effectivity of these methods in controlling severe acne, due to the nature of these drugs, there have been rising concerns about the safe use of these drus as well. For example, in 2010 alone, suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin have been reported. Hormonal pills, which are primarily use as contraceptive are found to cause water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer too. With Proactiv Solution you’ll have none of these side effects.

We should always exercise extreme caution when choosing acne treatment medicationsince it is not just just our beauty that is at stake here but also our health. We have to always choose an acne treatment product with ingredients that are proven and tested safe for us to use like Proactiv Solution.

Understanding Acne and It’s Cure

Back when I was a gangly, pimpled face teenager, I thought acne was a just a natural consequence of the monthly period growing up process. Information about acne was scarce back then and treatment costs a fortune. And so I just resigned myself to the fact that I would be stuck  with these spots on my face forever. Teenagers and adults (including me of course) burdened with Acne need not fret what with all the information and affordable treatments that are available in the market now.

In case you’re wondering what exactly is acne and what would be the best treatment for it, here’s a quick guide from Proactiv Solution.

An acne blemish begins approximately 2-3 weeks before it appears on the skin’s surface. So while it may seem like you get a pimple overnight, what you’re actually seeing is the final stage of a much longer process. It starts in your sebaceous hair follicles – the tiny holes you know as pores. Deep within each follicle, your sebaceous glands are working to produce sebum, the oil that keeps your skin moist and pliable. As your skin renews itself, the old cells die, mix with your skin’s natural oils, and are sloughed off. Under normal circumstances, these cells are shed gradually, making room for fresh new skin.

Dead skin cells may block the pores, resulting to over-accumulation of oil underneath. Bacteria that live on the skin naturally begin to grow and multiply in this site, triggering an inflammatory response causing a red, angry pore that we see as pimple already at the tail-end of the acne formation process.

I’ve tried dozens of acne medications and even sought medical treatments for it but so far the only one that worked best for me is Proactiv Solution. Other treatments are reactive. They spot-treat pimples only when they are visible and inflamed, an indication that they are already at the tail end of the acne formation process. These treatments often leave scars or dark marks, and do nothing to prevent future breakouts. Proactiv Solution’s Combination Therapy prevents acne at the root cause and destroys the acne cycle. Here’s a step by step guide.

1. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) works by removing dead skin cells, ensuring that the pores don’t get clogged.
2. The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner (Step 2) removes excess oils too, eliminating food for bacteria.
3. The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and the Proactiv Repairing Treatment (Step 3) kills the bacteria and prevent proliferation
4. The Free Refining Mask helps reduce the inflammation and swelling.

What I like about Proactiv is that it contains only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, a safe and effective concentration which makes it OK for daily use and may be applied to the whole face. With Proactiv’s Advanced Microcrystal technology, eradicating bacteria is faster and gentler than common spot treatments. Spot treatment is the most commonly used method of treating acne because these are cheap, easy to apply, and more often than not promises miracle cure overnight. These products mostly contain high concentration benzoyl peroxide at 5% or 10% which although kills acne bacteria, may result to redness or irritation as well. These products may also cause hyper pigmentation (dark acne marks).

I have at some point been given topical medications to control my acne. The problem with it is it needs close doctor supervision since long term use of antibiotics in general may cause bacterial resistance – making the person “immune” to the benefits of the active ingredient.
Another good thing about Proactiv Solution is that it will never have bacterial resistance because it does not contain an antibiotic, but rather an anti-microbial agent. It is safe for long term use for the treatment and prevention of acne.

When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. Though I didn’t have to go to that extent, thank God! Studies show that although these methods are extremely effective for severe cases, there are side effects that make experts think  if the benefits really do far outweigh the cost. For example, there were reports in 2010 linking suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin. Hormonal pills, which are mainly indicated as a contraceptive sometimes causes water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer. Proactiv Solution does not have these side effects.

I have also bore the brunt of painful acne injections in my never ending quest to control my acne. Recently, The Philippine Dermatological Society is campaigning for awareness among Filipinos to patronize only the services of highly qualified doctors, and not to be too trusting of attendants who may not have the proper training and experience to do this. This type of procedure is extremely painful, and when done by inexperienced hands, may cause scars for life. And because acne is a cyclical condition, recurring acne imposes recurring painful injections.

I have found the perfect cure for acne with Proactiv Solution because it is gentle on the skin. My journey to clear skin need not be painful what with the advanced micronized benzoyl peroxide and ingredients designed by Doctors Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields.

The promise of acne’s miracle cure comes in different shapes, sizes, and prices. It doesn’t have to be designer packs that costs Php 10,000 in expensive clinics. Proactiv Solution is the world’s number 1 anti-acne treatment because it does not only effectively cures acne but it is cost effective too! Millions of customers worldwide can testify to this including Hollywood superstars. Since it is confident that it can give you the skin you want, it dares you to try it risk free – you get your money back if you’re not happy.

So what are you waiting for, try Proactiv Solution now!:)

Acne Attack Info Graphics (Information and Treatment)

Acne…you’ve tried it all and you’re tired of those unsightly pimples, acne, and bad skin. You are not alone in this fight for clear, blemish free skin! In fact, many people of all ages are living with these pesky pimples, bumpy blemishes, and bad skin.

Natural home remedies are the new standard for acne treatments all of which can be easily found in your pantry and refrigerator.  Who knows, you may be eating many of the foods that double as a natural acne treatment and cleanser for breakfast. Acne treatments can be this easy; it’s up to you to try them all to find the treatment, cleansers, and tricks that work the best for you. The next time you have oatmeal for breakfast, experiment and smear a spoonful on your face while you’re getting ready for your day.

This five-step process incorporates everything that’s already in your makeup bag.  Standard cleanser, primer, concealer, foundation, and powder are the essential elements of everyone’s makeup bag. Don’t be shy gentlemen, covering up your acne and pimples with makeup doesn’t take anything away from you masculine nature, and hey male celebrities do it everyday! Speaking of celebrities, many of them deal with painful acne, bad skin, and blemishes just like you do. You are not alone; even these seemingly perfect people have their own face and skin pitfalls. Their stressful lifestyle is harsh on their face and skin leaving a rough surface that can easily be picked up by the paparazzi at any distance. Take for example, Cameron Diaz, John Cusack, and Adam Lambert, they’ve dealt with the nasty effects of acne. However, they have the luxury of the almighty airbrush and a makeup team.

Everyone wishes that they could have their own entourage of makeup artists and skin experts but you can do away with any of these professionals after paying close attention to this info graphic. Take charge of your skin using everything from typical acne treatments to natural home remedies to lotions and cleansers that perfectly covers up acne cover up. Don’t think twice of passing this information to your friends. Now’s the time for you to start pinning, tweeting Acne Attack! You and your friends will be glad you did!

 Information Credits: http://www.beautybridge.com/acne-attack-infographic.html