As an actress, comedienne, and TV host, it is part of Alex Gonzaga’s job to take good care of herself, especially her skin. Being on the limelight, her face has to be camera-ready at all times. The 27 year old actress knows that to maintain a clear and radiant skin, she has to keep a healthy lifestyle, from what she eats to what she does off-cam.
Alex graciously shares some beauty hacks guranteed to keep face acne-free. Here are some of them:
1. Get as much sleep as you can
Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep has been proven to reduce one’s stress level. Stress which causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil leads to the formation of acne. Alex explains, “Sleep helps the skin recover after a long tiring day so I make sure I get enough rest every night.”
Personal Tip: Studies have also shown that cell regeneration happens between 10 pm to 2 am, so make sure to sleep no later than 10 so your body can benefit much from skin cell regeneration.
2. Drink lots of water
Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to hydrate skin and flush out internal toxins from the inside out. Alex shares that she always keeps a bottle of water to keep herself hydrated during long hours of shoot.
Personal Tip: Add lemon to your water to balance the PH level of your body for a more glowing skin.
Physical activity cut down stress and improves blood circulation. Exercise efficiently distributes oxygen to skin cells and carries wastes away. Alex adds, “I do pilates regularly. It is fun and a great way to relieve stress.”
Personal Tip: 20-30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise everyday is enough to improve blood circulation. You not only glow, you burn (fats) as well.
4. Sleeping without makeup on
No matter how tired she is after a long day at the set, Alex religiously takes time to remove all traces of makeup from her face to make sure her pores are not clogged with sweat, dust, and dirt.
Personal Tip: Choosing the right make-up is important as well. Some make-ups have strong chemicals and harmful ingredients that can make skin react thereby causing breakouts. Make sure to check the active ingredients in the product before you start using them. It is always safe to choose organic and hypoallergenic.
5. Invest in over-the-counter product
Alex swears by Proactiv, the leading anti-acne treatment product which is safe and effective to use by almost everyone. Alex shares, “Proactiv has always been part of my beauty regimen for six years. Its specially-formulated ingredients help treat and prevent acne.”
Personal Tip: Composed of the complete 3-Step System to knock out acne, Proactiv is very economical, safe, and easy to use:
Step 1 is the Renewing Cleanser, an oil-free, soap-free medicated exfoliating cleanser with U.S. prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide that kills acne-causing bacteria.
Step 2 is the Revitalizing Toner, a refreshing alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores.
Step 3 is the Repairing Treatment, a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria.
Every Proactiv kit comes with a free Proactiv Refining Mask, a rich, deep-cleansing mask formulated with sulfur, a proven acne- fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores where blemishes begin.
As Alex puts it, “Proactiv use only requires less than five minutes a day. It’s convenient and it works!” Take it from her, she sure knows her way to a smooth and acne-free skin.
I got word from my brand partner, Proactiv, that they have finally found the perfect Filipina who embodies the brand. Last month,27-year-old actress and comediene, Alex Gonzaga, joined the roster of Hollywood elites as the first Filipino endorser of Proactiv.
Although I am not particularly fond of Alex, I have to admit that her charm and not to mention her loyalty to the brand makes her a perfect Proactiv endorser. Shares Alex, “The Proactiv 3-Step System has been an important part of my daily skin care routine for years! It is effective and easy to use. I am so thrilled to be the first Filipina face of Proactiv and tell everyone all about my experience using it.” She further adds, “It’s mild formulation gently exfoliates my skin, removes excess oil and delivers powerful acne-fighting medicine.”
Being an in-demand celebrity, she knows first hand how stress and fatigue can take a toll on the skin. She spends long hours taping, doing shoots, and attending to mall shows. She also puts on pounds of make-up which can cause damages on the skin such as zits and breakouts. If there is one person who can sincerely and credibly share how Proactiv’s dermatologically tested ingredients make skin clear, radiant and acne-free, it is Alex.
I was quite impressed when I learned that even with her frenetic schedule, Alex purposely finds time to do her Proactiv’s simple and easy 3-Step System. She explains her step by step beauty regimen as:
STEP 1: “Before going to sleep, I apply Proactiv’s Renewing Cleanser. You can feel it gently removing impurities in your skin with its exfoliating beads.” Akex shares.
The Renewing Cleanser is an oil-free, soap-free medicated exfoliating cleanser that kills acne-causing bacteria. It has U.S. prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide which are ultra-fine micro-crystals that penetrate the pores fast while being gentle on the skin.
STEP 2: “I follow it up with the Revitalizing Toner,” Alex continues.
Proactiv’s Revitalizing Toner is a refreshing alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores. Its Glycolic acid exfoliates dead skin cells to help keep pores unplugged while its botanical-rich formula soothes and hydrates acne-prone skin.
STEP 3: “I just squeeze a pea-sized amount of Repairing Treatment on my palm and spread it on my face,” she adds.
The Repairing Treatment is a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria preventing zits and acne.
Proactiv is available in 30-day kit (P 2,495.00) and 60-day kit (P 3,995.00). It is exclusively distributed at all Watson stores nationwide. Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask. This Refining Mask makes a great leave-on spot treatment at night for better complexion in the morning.
Alex was warmly introduced as the new Proactiv brand endoser during a Press Launch last September 29 at Buddha Bar Manila. Says Proactiv Philippines General Manager, Mari del Rosario “We are proud to have Alex Gonzaga as the first Filipina face of Proactiv. She is beautiful, spontaneous, and hip. She fits the brand perfectly. With Alex heading our local campaign, we hope to reach out to more Filipinos and encourage them to take a step and fight acne today.” Welcome aboard, Alex!
Summer is synonymous to vacations, thrilling adventures, and the great outdoors. But unfortunately for some, the high temperature can also spell acne and its complications. The sweltering heat often cause sweating, which when mixed with excessive oil, dirt and bacteria clog skin pores and lead to breakouts. But then the good news is, despite our overactive oil glands this summer, we can still enjoy the sun, thanks to the best pimple-fighting ally: Proactiv Solution! It is the leading anti-acne treatment product in the market that is proven safe and effective for everyone. Not only does it address acne from the roots, it also helps prevent facial blemishes!
How It Works
Proactiv’s mild formulations gently exfoliate skin, remove excess oil, and deliver powerful acne-fighting medicine. Its acne-care system can work alone or in combination with a dermatologist’s prescriptions. Its micro-crystal medicine penetrates pores fast and delivers instant acne-fighting action.
How to Achieve Acne-Free, Summer Ready Skin
Making Proactiv an essential part of your daily skincare regimen is just easy since it only takes five minutes to apply. Its oil-free formulation is designed to absorb excess oil giving face a more mattified appearance. Skin remains soft, smooth, hydrated, and without the greasy look and feel.
Simple Three-Step System to Acne-Free Skin:
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser
This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide. This small, fine particles are designed to quickly penetrate pores and kill acne-causing bacteria on contact. They act as tiny exfoliating beads that gently remove dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells.
Step 2: Revitalizing Toner
This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil so skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed . The soothing botanical agents in this solution also gently balance the skin tone.
Step 3: Repairing Treatment
This feather light, medicated repairing solution gets deep into clogged pores faster. It is designed to be gentler on the skin. Its oil-free formula makes it safe to use in your entire face.
BONUS: Refining Mask
This rich, deep cleansing mask uses sulfur, a proven acne blemish-fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores. It heas existing blemishes, pampers inflamed skin, and softens and refines the skin’s texture.
This summer, we can definitely beat the breakouts, by using PROACTIV!
As much as I love summer, I have to admit that the heat just totally gets to me sometimes. Aside from pimple breakouts, the sun also causes my hair to be frizzy and dry. I’ve been stressing about my hair these days because I am trying to grow it long and healthy again, and the heat and humidity are not really helping.
It is no secret that I have been a fan of Proactiv for a long time as it is the only product that can put a reign on my pimples. If you are like me who can’t stay away from the sun but worry about its bad effects on the face and hair, I am pretty sure you will be excited to know too that Proactiv has partnered up with Wen Cleansing Conditioner. A discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner is being offered if you purchase a Proactiv kit. WEN® Cleansing Conditioner is a revolutionary new concept in hair care made by the same manufacturer of Proactiv – Guthy Renker USA. It is a 5-in-1 formula that takes the place of shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-on conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly without lathering. It does not have all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos that might strip hair and scalp of their natural oils too. Hair becomes totally moisturized and easy to manage with continued use and what’s more, it retains color better. It is available in two scents: Pomegranate or Sweet Almond Mint.
Proactiv customers purchasing a Proactiv kit (30-day or 60-day) from the Proactiv Philippines Online shopping site https://my.proactiv.comph can choose to upgrade their kits with an additional product, Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml at Php250 discount (if purchased with 30-day kit) or at Php400 discount (if purchased with 60-day kit).
Original Retail Price of Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml: Php 995
New Price, as an Add-on to your Proactiv 30-day kit: Php 745
Best Price, as an Add-on to your Proactiv 60-day kit: Php 595
This bundle will be valid until May 15, 2015. Here’s how to avail:
1. Visit http://my.proactiv.com.ph and create an account.
2. Browse the shopping site for products you like, or go straight to http://my.proactiv.com.ph/products.htm. The Proactiv 60-day tab shows a window at the right side indicating Php 400 discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml if you bundle it with your kit purchase. The Proactiv 30-day kit tab shows a similar window indicating Php 250 discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner 350ml if you bundle it with your 30-day kit purchase.
3. The discount on Wen Cleansing Conditioner is available only for purchases of Proactiv 30 day and Proactiv 60 day kits.
4. For customers who shall avail of the Proactiv money back guarantee, please note that Wen and its equivalent purchase price is excluded from the refund value.
5. Nationwide Free delivery applies to orders of this bundle.
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
When my daughter Bianca was about 6 years old, she and her bestfriend, Kyla. went crazy over Pussycat Dolls, the girl group who made a big hit out of pop songs, Dont Cha, When I Grow Up, and Stick With You. They would sing and dance along with their music videos and would even (face on palm) dress like them. I remember her particularly gushing over how beautiful Nicole Scherzinger is that I had to go to google to find out how she actually look like. I must agree that she really is a beauty. Although my daughter has already outgrew the Pussycat Dolls, her face still lit up with excitement when she hear some good news about them especially if it’s about Nicole. In fact, she was thrilled when she learned that Nicole is the new endorser of Proactiv.
Some of you might be wondering who Nicole is. Well, let me tell you that she is of Filipino/Hawaiian/Russian descent. As success stories go, her rise to fame wasn’t that smooth and easy. She was raised in a modest household by her mom and German-American stepfather. Her humble beginning didn’t deter her from pursuing her ambition to become a successful singer. She exploded into the pop scene as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls before embarking on a solo career as a recording artist, selling a total of 60 million records. And as if these weren’t enough, she also has film experience, won Season 10 of Dancing with the Stars and was a judge at the UK and US editions of The X Factor.
Though blessed with beauty and glowing skin, she shared that it wasn’t always quite like that, “I feel like in my line of work, I’m always under the microscope. It’s quite traumatic when you have an acne breakout and blemishes because you wake up and you’re hoping that your face is clear,” she confessed. Fortunately for her, she has found a beauty ally in Proactiv. She related, “I found Proactiv through a friend in my band. She had really bad breakouts and blemishes that it scarred her skin. She discovered Proactiv, and it’s just amazing how she’s blossomed.” It is because of this that she instantly became a Proactiv convert.
“They say that the eyes are the windows to our souls, right? But when you have an acne breakout, nobody’s looking at your eyes. They’re looking at your appearance. But when you get clear, they can see you for who you really are,” Nicole says. “With Proactiv, I’m empowered now. I can hold my head up higher. I can smile bigger. And I can put the energy on other people.”
Proactiv is Nicole’s beauty product of choice over other acne medication because the benzoyl peroxide formulation found in Proactiv’s 3-Step System works safely and more effectively than other products claiming to have benzoyl peroxide in the market. The Proactiv Combination Therapy acne management system combines finely-milled, prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide with sulfur and soothing botanicals like allantoin, panthenol, aloe and chamomile. Together these ingredients gently exfoliate your skin, unplug your pores, attack acne-causing bacteria and soothe inflammation.
Here is what Nicole Scherzinger, certified beauty icon, wants you to know about Proactiv: “What would I say to somebody who has gone through breakouts and blemishes? That there’s hope. That you can take control. That you can do it. That you can change. Proactiv gives you clear skin. It gives you clarity of mind and self and spirit. I would say that you can take charge of your life again. You can be empowered. You can be who you are meant to be.”
Proactiv Solution is available at all Watsons and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwide.
It’s that most
wonderful stressful time of the year again. Yup, you read it right! Christmas, the holidays, is synonymous to S-T-R-E-S-S. But wait, before you condemned me to grinchdom, let me explain myself. Christmas is all kind of stress. Good stress what with all the excitement brought about by christmas shopping, family reunions, gift giving, etc. and well, bad stress due to traffic, christmas rush, tying loose ends before closing the year, and scrambling to finish the work week before going on vacation! Let me tell you that both good and bad stress may aggravate Acne.
How’s so? You might ask. Well, the increased levels of stress stimulate the body’s production of various hormones and trigger different changes in the skin. Sometimes it causes the skin oils to become more viscous making you more acne prone. Stress also reduces your body’s natural immune defense. As a result, your skin doesn’t fight off bacteria build-up as well as when your body is out of stress. When these happen, we become more prone to breakouts. Acne begins when oil collects at the base of the hair follicle and becomes trapped by dead skin cells. Bacteria flourish, form a plug and swell beneath the skin. Stress can make acne worse, causing more anxiety, and creating a vicious cycle.
At the risk of sounding such a pimple errr party pooper, here are some tips on how to stay STRESS-FREE this christmas:
1. Get a good night’s rest. There’s nothing like an eight-hour sleep to ward off stress. This will pack you with enough energy for all those endless christmas parties and get-together.
2. Do your christmas shopping early. Saves you the trouble of braving the crowds in the mall and elbowing your way to the long line in the cashier.
3. Carpool to and from work. Traffic is inevitable in this crazy jungle we call home. Make getting stuck in traffic fun by having some good company with you.
4. Focus, focus, focus. The jolly christmas atmosphere at work can prove to be a total distraction. Who wouldn’t want to linger over coffee breaks a bit or check out what gifts your officemates receive? Although it is perfectly alright to get into the christmas spirit, this can cause some delay into our work making you in the end, more stressed to the nth power. Manage your time wisely and do first things first!
5. Use Proactiv Solution Combination Therapy to prevent acne before they begin. Proactiv’s Combination Therapy treats acne and prevents future breakouts. It is a 3-Step System that work together to cleanse your skin, fight the blemishes, help stop new one from forming, and gently heal damaged skin.
Step 1: Renewing Cleanser. This medicated Renewing Cleanser is made with exclusive micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide – featuring smaller, finer particles designed to quickly penetrate pores to start killing acne-causing bacteria on contact. Tiny exfoliating beads gently remove dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells to help keep pores from clogging.
Step 2: Revitalizing Toner. This refreshing, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities and excess oil so your skin looks and feels clean, soft and refreshed – not tight and dried out. Soothing botanical agents gently balance skin tone.
Step 3: Repairing Treatment. The repairing acne treatment is a feather-light medicated treatment that gets deep into clogged pores faster but is designed to be gentler on the skin. It’s an oil-free formula that’s safe for your entire face.
Bonus: Refining Mask. This rich, deep cleansing mask uses sulfur, a proven acne blemish- fighting ingredient that reaches deep into the pores, heals existing blemishes, pampers inflamed skin, and softens and refines the skin’stexture.
Ongoing PROACTIV Promotion: The Proactiv 60-Day Limited Edition Pack with FREE Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control 50ml is available at Watsons and SM Department stores (Beauty Section) nationwide.
So, what are you waiting for. Follow these tips and have very merry stress-free Christmas!:)
Been trying out other several skin care products these past months and I must say that nothing is as effective really as Proactiv in eradicating pesky pimples. I thought that now that I am pimple free (thanks to Proactiv), I can get off the combination therapy and use ordinary skin care products instead. I thought wrong, my recent pimple breakout can attest to that. Nothing works as well as Proactiv when it comes to preventing acne breakouts and blemishes. The Proactiv Solution 3-Step System is still the right choice. As being the leading pimple-fighter, it treats acne safely and effectively by attacking it at the source where a build-up of dead skin cells and bacteria clog pores.
It is mild enough to use every day. In fact, this is the only skin care brand that I allow my 13 year old daughter to use because it doesn’t leave the skin itchy, red or stingy. The combination of medicines penetrates deep into the skin to destroy the bacteria and help reduce inflammation and heals the lesion. Skin clears without the drying, peeling or chemical smell that may be found in other products.
The Combination Therapy treatment consist of three products:
The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3) contain finelymilled, prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide with soothing botanicals. Together these ingredients gently exfoliate your skin, unplug your pores and attack acne-causing bacteria.
The Revitalizing Toner helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells to prevent future breakouts, and the Refining Mask helps reduce inflammation. When used together regularly, Proactiv not only eradicates pimples but prevent future breakouts as well.
Benzoyl peroxide, the powerful ingredient that is effective against all kinds of acne (blackheads, whiteheads, and big red pimples), is bactericidal, meaning it kills bacteria, rather than simply slowing down their growth. It also works very quickly improving acne as early as five days after starting treatment.
Proactiv contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. This concentration is mild, yet powerful enough to kill acne causing bacteria. It is finely milled, with proprietary advanced microcrystals that delivers the medicine without irritating the skin. The benzoyl peroxide technology is unique to Proactiv. Although it may cause drying, peeling or redness if not delivered in the right amount (too strong concentrations) or surrounded by the right mix of ingredients, it a great first line treatment when used in combination with antibiotics for severe cases.
To provide you with a stronger arsenal to fight acne, Proactiv released a Limited Edition 60-Day Bundle Pack with upsized Refining Mask (2.5oz instead of the regular 1oz) and Free 50ml Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control. These are exclusively available at Watsons and SM Department stores nationwide.
I just got word from Proactiv that if you buy the Proactiv 60-Day Kit, between July 15-December 31, 2014, it will come with a Free Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control and upsized Refining Mask ( size from 1.oz to 2.5oz). So you buy this Limited Edition Kit, you’ll actually receive the following:
Proactiv Renewing Cleanser 120ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Revitalizing Toner 120ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Repairing Treatment 60ml (inside the box)
Proactiv Refining Mask – upsized from 1oz to 2.5oz (inside the box)
Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control (shrink-wrapped with the box)
Yep, you’ve read it right, all these for the price of Php 3,995 only. Isn’t this a super great deal?! I have been regularly using the Daily Oil Control but when my daughter and I tried this Proactiv Advanced Daily Oil Control, we find that we like it better because it not only absorb excess oil but it also gives a more mattified appearance. This allow us to forego powder application. The less you apply on your face the better! I noticed also that it really does help control excess oil because throughout the day my skin doesn’t appear too shiny when I use this. I am into running and sweat can really cause my face to become extra oily especially during long runs. I liked that the Advanced Daily Oil Control gently balances my skin. It hydrates my skin and leaves it healthy looking.
My 13 year old daughter also likes using this lightweight, oil-free moisturizer. As a mom, I really have no qualms when it comes to letting her use Poactiv because I know that it is hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin. Perfect for teenagers with acne problem actually. My daughter’s skin remains soft, smooth and hydrated while using this product. Plus it gives her and also me that satiny, flawless looking complexion.
Using the Advanced Daily Oil Control is very easy, you just have to:
1. Apply daily or as needed onto clean skin.
2. Use fingertips to gently apply a thin layer to the entire face.
3. Allow to dry completely.
4. For best results, use after Repairing Treatment.
This promo pack is exclusively available at Watsons and SM Department Stores (Beauty Section) nationwide. These special packs are specially marked with a red sticker on the upper rightmost corner of the box. Make sure to ask for it as items on display at Watsons or SM may be non-promo packs or dummy boxes only.
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.