12.19.2014
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Repairing Treatment
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2 fl. oz. for $29
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Repairing Lotion is a very good topical disinfectant for acne. The active ingredient is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and it is blended in a silky lotion base that contains an anti-irritant. It’s pricey for what you get, but is definitely worth considering as part of a battle plan for blemishes. This does contain fragrance. By the way, ProActiv’s claim that Repairing Lotion contains “prescription grade benzoyl peroxide” is meant to make it sound like a superior choice. However, the only difference between prescription-grade and over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide is the amounts used and other drugs it’s combined with. It’s not about improved efficacy.

Claims

Our light, oil-free lotion contains finely milled prescription-grade benzoyl peroxide to heal blemishes and helps prevent future breakouts. The advanced delivery system in Repairing Treatment is safe for your entire face.

Ingredients

Active Ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%.Other: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Panthenol, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance

Brand Overview

Proactiv Solution At-A-Glance

Strengths: Effective, elegant-textured AHA, BHA, and skin-lightening options; all sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection; good options for controlling excess oil breakthrough, including a colorless pressed powder.

Weaknesses: Several products contain irritating ingredients that do not help acne-prone skin; some gimmicky products that no dermatologist-created line should be selling (they should know better); mostly substandard to poor makeup options, including a sulfur-based concealer.

Created by dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, Proactiv launched in 1995 as a three-step system sold via infomercial. With the doctors' endorsements and winning personalities along with a heap of testimonials from people who use the routine (including a rotating list of celebrities, which always garners attention), Proactiv remains a very successful brand that is still going strong. The effusiveness, medical background, accurate information about how acne forms, and sincerity of its creators definitely makes for compelling television (we admit to catching the infomercial on more than one sleepless night), but what about the products themselves? Are they the answer the ads promise?

The core system consists of a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide and scrub particles, a toner with glycolic acid, and a lotion that contains a low (but still effective) amount of benzoyl peroxide. No questions here, this is a straightforward routine and hardly unique to Proactiv! Some percentage of people will benefit from daily use of this system (it contains the basics that are necessary for over-the-counter treatment of acne), but it's definitely not for everyone, and every dermatologist knows that (just check out the American Academy of Dermatology Web site at www.aad.org, for example, on their recommendations for battling blemishes).

It also goes without saying that other lines offer many less expensive versions of all the Proactiv products. However, for those who choose this system, the key is compliance, at least as long as you're seeing good results. Anyone battling acne needs to know that, barring a successful experience with the prescription drug Accutane, it cannot be cured—only controlled. We don't doubt that many people have seen their acne respond positively to a daily routine of the core Proactiv products, and for some it has been a life-changing experience—but it's not the answer for acne for everyone.

Although they still appear in ads and literature for the brand, Drs. Rodan and Fields have branched out to create their own namesake line, reviewed elsewhere on this site. While the Rodan + Fields line is not acne-centric like Proactiv, they did include products for blemishes, a few of which are similar to but more expensive than their Proactiv counterparts. And of course, this dual branding begs the question: if Rodan and Fields believe that Proactiv is the best option for those struggling with acne, why did they create alternative products in their namesake line? Why not just mention to Rodan + Fields customers dealing with acne that the Proactiv line has exactly what they need?

Along with Proactiv and the namesame Rodan and Fields line, these dermatologists also created Proactiv+, which is supposed to be smarter and faster than original Proactiv. For the most part, these products are quite similar, they just have a stronger emphasis on anti-aging issues such as uneven skin tone and enlarged pores from sun damage. We wish these products were more compelling, but many of them are truly problematic and not something two reputable dermatologists should feel comfortable putting their names on.

For more information about Proactiv, call (800) 876-9717 or visit www.proactiv.com. For more information about Proactiv+, visit www.proactivplus.com.

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06.07.2013
great product

I used this only on a occasional pimple. It worked great. But because I did not get many pimples it would expire and still have 3/4 of the container left. I wish they would make this exactly the same in a much smaller size. The product worked great though with no adverse reactions. If I can't find something soon I will buy it again. I could feel a zit coming apply this and it never came, just too much product for my needs. Highly recommended if you have breakouts often.

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