Proactiv 3-Step System Review

//This post was sponsored by Proactiv as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.


Well guys, we made it. It’s been a few weeks since I started putting Proactiv to the test and I have some very interesting results to share! When I started photographing for this review I had to pose by my favorite quote on my bedroom wall, “fake it work it until you make it” because I think this totally holds true with skincare: you can try to fake bad skin as much as you can with foundations and concealers but why not work it out with a good skincare regimen that really gets to the root of the problem?

//Proactiv review: the storm before the calm

Proactiv 3-Step System Review
Results may vary depending on your skin and your experience.

So let’s start with some quick background about my skin and why I jumped to the Proactiv bandwagon: I have combo skin, oily in the t-zone and severely dry everywhere else with lots of acne. Kind of a mess, I know, so I tried Proactiv to help with the acne portion. Here’s how my skin has changed:

-It’s become drier. I knew this was going to happen since Proactiv is all about oil control and any kind of acne medication is drying.
-I no longer have acne on my cheeks.
-The acne bumps on my forehead have gone down. Not completely, but they’ve gotten better.
-The acne that does show up isn’t as bad. I haven’t gotten any cystic acne or bad zits, so I’m hoping this is a trend that will continue.

So my advice is, try out the 3-step system (Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Toner, Repairing Treatment) but don’t use it on areas of your face that are severely dry, because this will only make it worse. Concentrate this on the areas of your face where you have bad oil and acne but make sure you use lots of the moisturizer because it’s so important to rehydrate your face often, especially when using a strong anti-acne medication.

Side note-your skin will absolutely hate you for about 3 weeks. Everybody goes through it when they change skincare, but I definitely noticed that my skin got a lot worse before it started to calm down.

Proactiv 3-Step System Review

So if you’re any more interested in Proactiv-and I hope you are!-you can check out their products online and see it this is the system for you. You can also check out my first impressions of trying this out and see how it compares to my overall review!

I’d love to know, how do you work to control problem areas in your skin?


Thanks for reading,

Kelly Baum

About Kelly Baum

Kelly Baum is the founder of A Thing of Beauty, a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog founded in April 2011. Kelly is a designer and photographer and freelancer in her spare time.


  1. Oh wow you can definitely see a difference! Whenever my skin gets bad it stresses me out, which only makes it worse haha. You look great! 🙂

  2. I love your site! I have never tried proactive before. I have used another skin care line for over a decade that has worked for me. I think the key to keeping those problem areas under control is finding a system that works just for you (and in 3 easy steps).

  3. Totally agree with you! You can actually fix the root of the problem with skincare and mesotherapy! Its been a month since I haven’t put up any concealer, so I know what you are talking about! Glad that you found a product that suits our needs

  4. I used this stuff in high school and haven’t thought about it since but your results are great! I may need to revisit this product. That’s amazing!

  5. What a difference – I mean you were gorgeous before and after, but it definitely cleared up your skin and brightened your glow. 🙂 I tried Proactive in high school and loved it.

    XO Jillian

  6. My son tried Proactive when he was a teenager, but it didn’t work for him. I know that every one’s skin is different though. What seems to me to be a negative commercial for Proactive, and I don’t think that the company realizes that it seems negative, is the commercial with dancer Julianne Hough saying that she has used this product for 10 years. She is clearly not a teenager any more, but she is still having to use it. It clearly doesn’t get to the root of the problem, and keeps a person having to continue to use it for years & years, which keeps the company in business. My son finally had to get on a prescription drug to completely get rid of his acne. It was a powerful drug and they had to do blood work every month to make sure that his liver function was good. It got rid of his acne completely and I wish that we had gone to a dermatologist sooner so he wouldn’t have had self esteem issues in high school.

  7. We signed up for a “free one month trial” for my soon year before last, I figured if it worked for him, I’d go ahead and shell out for us both, even though funds are limited here. This is what happened:

    We got the package, complete with rotating brush, after paying over $5 S/H. Then my bank account went into the red. Looking at the statement, I noticed a $90 charge. I called the number and was told that by signing up for the “1 month trial,” I’d actually agreed to try and be charged for a THREE MONTH supply. I said we didn’t get a three month supply and was told that they would come. I said we didn’t want it and to cancel the order. She said she couldn’t because I’d already been charged, and it was past the date I could cancel. We’d had the stuff three days. Full days, not business days. I told her to take our name off future mailings. She said it was done. I thought the matter was done–and then I got another shipment of ProActive, along with a $30 charge. Another call only to be told I had gotten my order too late to do anything. I told three operator id cancelled last time. He “checked” and said that wasn’t in their records. I told him I wanted to cancel and my name taken off the records. Yes, ma’am!! Until I got stiffed for $63.95. Yet another call, this time to be told that LAST TIME I’d been sent the ‘rest of” my three month order. Excuse me??? I didn’t place a three month order!!! Yes ma’am, when you signed up. I delayed the events of the left two calls; they weren’t in the system, and we record our calls for just this reason! I, of course, got the package too late to do anything…except this time I’d not gotten anything. Fed up, I said I was going to dispute tree payment and report them; suddenly they were helpful…slightly. They could refund HALF of my last shipment…if I sent it back. I just needed to pay a $10 return fee. So I’m going to get $30(minus shipping)on a $63.95 order I NEVER GOT?!? I hung up and called my bank. They were very helpful and got back the last two month payments. Unfortunately, it was too late to fix all the damage the initial payment had done to my finances after having put my account way in the negative.

    Insult to injury? My son used the ProActiv we DID have twice a day, faithfully…and it didn’t work. That company now could not pay me cash money to use anything from their company. Sorry this was so long, but I needed to share. As far as I’m concerned, ProActiv is one of the most famous scams on the market.

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