Original Proactiv Solution Review: Is It Worth It?

When you've got a face full of acne, how to get rid of acne will be your most asked question. Your face is the first thing people notice and it's natural for us to be particularly conscious about it. But let's face it, finding an effective treatment for acne is easier said than done. The market is flooded with acne treatments with tall claims and honestly, most don't work. Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you've probably heard of Proactiv. I tried Proactiv acne treatment a few years back. Does Proactiv work ? or is it just another gimmick? keep on reading my Proactiv review to find out. 


I saw the compelling advertisement for Proactiv acne treatment kit and honestly, I was captivated by all the celebrities and ordinary people's massive success with this treatment for acne. As a student back then, the kit was quite expensive and I was ready to do anything to get rid of acne so I persuaded my mom to finally buy it. 

The original Proactiv acne treatment comes with a 4 product kit; a Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, and a Repairing Treatment. A free Refining Mask is also included. The main ingredient in the cleanser and repairing treatment is 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. 

The Renewing Cleanser

The cleanser doesn't foam much but it does clean very well. However, it contains micro-beads, and honestly, I find it too harsh to use it every day. I am not a fan of physical scrubs and this cleanser is just a bit too harsh. The quantity is also quite small. It cleans very well but there are gentler options available. 

The Revitalizing Toner

This toner from Proactiv original acne treatment contains witch hazel and glycolic acid and if you've got sensitive skin like mine, this is not an ideal treatment of acne. It dried out my skin quite a lot and if you've got dry skin, I wouldn't recommend this. I don't usually use toners and this one from Proactiv is a tough sell. I recommend you to avoid it. 

The Repairing Treatment 

This is the main acne-fighting treatment from Proactiv containing Benzoyl Peroxide. If you have mild acne or occasional pimples, this is an effective treatment for acne. However, if your acne is more than a mild case, you should look for stronger acne treatments. When I first started to use it, my face dried out and I experience redness. If you're going to use it, it's better you start slow and increase your dosage. Additionally, I highly recommend you to use a moisturizer along with this treatment for acne. This treatment of acne also contains Benzoyl Peroxide which can make you sensitive to the sun so you MUST WEAR SUN PROTECTION at all times. 

The Refining Mask 

Even though it's free, the Refining Mask is the winner of the Proactiv Original Kit. Not exaggerating, I saw overnight results with this treatment of acne. The main ingredient of this treatment for acne is sulfur and it does an excellent job drying out the pimples. If it was possible, I would only buy this mask and not the whole kit. It also works excellently as a spot treatment. 


  • Good for containing occasional pimples
  • Refining mask works great 


  • Expensive 
  • Dries out skin 
  • Toner and Cleaner is harsh 
  • I experienced redness
  • No sunscreen included 

Final Verdict

In all, the Original Proactiv Solution is in no way the best treatment for acne, and for me, sadly, it didn't work. On top of that, it's quite an expensive acne treatment, and I am sure there are cheaper acne treatments that work much better. However, the Refining Mask is a stand-out. This doesn't mean that  Proactiv acne treatment won't work for anyone; I have friends who swear by it but for me, it's just a pass. Have you guys tried the Proactiv acne system? How did it go for you?

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I suffered from acne for a long time and that's how I got interested in skincare. I believe that skincare is essential and doesn't have to be expensive. Through this blog, I want to present to you skincare tips and affordable products that actually work.


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