The Truth About Proactiv
hello hi everyone and welcome to skincare with hyrum if you don’t know who i am my name is hiram and i’m passionate about teaching you how to perfect your skincare routine so make sure you and hit the notification bell so that you can see my videos every single week so i have a photo shoot in like 15 minutes yeah 15 minutes and if there’s one thing i hate more than anything in the world it’s a photo shoot oh my god i hate them so much it’s like 30 minutes of discomfort and watching my self-esteem slowly just fizzle away so i’m gonna make this video as long as possible uh i wish i was kidding the truth about proactiv this video has been so requested and i am so ready to make it because i have my thoughts about this brand and from what i’ve seen there seems to be a little bit of confusion as to what my thoughts are on this brand as to what my thoughts are on this brand yeah i said it right i did right whatever and i only realized that recently when curology was using me for their new marketing campaign and i was looking at some of the comments and seeing what people were messaging me and so many people were like hi rum’s bought out he said he hated curology now he loves them what’s going on and i was so confused i was like i’ve always loved curology like since way back in the beginning of my channel what the hell are you guys talking about and then i realized it’s because they mixed up my thoughts with proactive and i was like oh okay for this video i deep dived into all the ingredients for all of proactive products and i want to talk about them with you guys if you aren’t familiar with my truth about videos i like to talk about brands overall and from formula standpoint and go through ingredient by ingredient to let you know whether i think it’s worth it or not most the time not but sometimes there’s good ones i mean some of my favorite brands that i did truth about videos where i railed on them hard have some of my favorite products as well it’s a nuance for you but i definitely have my personal opinion when it comes to proactive and i want to get into it with you guys so let’s get into it so i don’t know about you guys but when i think of proactiv i think of the tv commercials with katy perry when she has one tiny little pimp on her forehead and she’s saying i really struggled with acne like it was really really hard i mean don’t get me wrong i love katy perry but that’s literally what comes to mind and these commercials were [ __ ] everywhere and they always advertise their three-piece system to abolish acne forever i’m not going to lie their products were pretty convincing because i remember even at one point with my little country ass thinking hmm what is that and that was about as deep as it got but considering i knew nothing about skincare honestly that’s pretty impressive the reputation among proactive was that it was really for teenagers who were struggling with a [ __ ] ton of acne all the people i knew who got proactive were either a rich or two really struggling with breakouts i don’t know if teenagers to this day still use proactive because when i was younger it was definitely really big but i think nowadays the skincare industry has changed so much and there’s so many more options out there so i don’t even know if proactive is performing in the way that it used to but also when i think of proactive i think of the thousands upon thousands and thousands of messages and comments that you guys have sent me talking about how proactive destroyed your skin and you’re trying to find skincare to repair it afterwards so proactive doesn’t have a good rep going for it the overall brand philosophy i really resonate with more medical sophisticated no-nonsense type skincare that delivers the results it’s supposed to but let’s get into the ingredients because ingredients don’t lie [ __ ] ingredients don’t lie [ __ ] merch in the description box below ingredients tell the truth way more than any marketing campaign claims celebrity sponsorships etc etc like i said before they have their signature three-piece systems and they have three different systems the first and most popular being the original acne treatment system now from what i can tell this is the og one that they advertise way back in my day how old am i that makes me sound like i’m a boomer bear come my day this is the one that promised to get rid of any acne and it has a cleanser a toner and a moisturizer so the cleanser is formulated with 2.
5 benzyl peroxide now benzoyl peroxide is one of the best if not the best acne treatment ingredient out there i recommend it on my channel a lot as well as salicylic acid i personally like salicylic acid more because i think it just has more benefits and less downsides but benzoyl peroxide from a dermatologist perspective is the best ingredient not only getting rid of acne but also blackheads and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation which are the spots that you get after you break out that are kind of like dark scars 2.
5 is in a crazy high concentration so it’s more of a gentle cleanser and alongside this ingredient there’s also sodium hyaluronate a concentrated form of hyaluronic acid to draw in moisture and chamomile which is great for soothing sensitive skin i personally will say i think this is a good product it’s a gentle cleanser that’s formulated with a low concentration of benzoyl peroxide for anyone who does have a little bit more sensitive or compromised skin the only downside to this cleanser is that it does have fragrance the cleanser is honestly fine it’s something i would use i think it’s basic it’s a gentle concentration of benzoyl peroxide but moving on to the next products like the toner my opinion shifts on that a little bit now the toner from them is basically the rose pixie toner there’s not much difference the second ingredient is glycolic acid and glycolic acid is an amazing ingredient for the skin to help exfoliate the dead skin cells off and while i think glycolic acid is amazing in no way do i think it should be used every single day like it’s definitely a very strong exfoliant that should be split up and this product also has witch hazel which i’m not going to completely condemn proactive for using witch hazel but i will say in product sentiment for people with really breakout acne prone or sensitive skin i wouldn’t necessarily say that’s the best ingredient to use it also has fragrance as well which is really where i say i really think this toner is similar to pixi from an ingredient list standpoint there’s not that much of a difference and i definitely don’t think it should be used every day like they claim finally the moisturizer it’s also formulated with 2.
5 benzoyl peroxide and has a very very very basic formula with silicones and no nonsense i don’t have a problem with a very simple formula and i don’t have a problem with silicones i think they can be really beneficial for anyone who’s experiencing a lot of water loss through their skin which is definitely people who are struggling with breakouts think about breakouts like holes in and well you’re gonna leak a lot of butter what the hell that voice sounded like trump mom can you come pick me up i don’t like that it is formulated with benzoyl peroxide in a leave on treatment first off because i don’t know if you’ve ever tried benzoyl peroxide leave on treatments but they are not fun they stain your sheets they’re not the most pleasant formulas to use feel like you constantly have to worry about accidentally touching your clothes and bleaching it but also because i don’t believe it’s necessary in addition to the other treatment ingredients in the other products that you use every day which is kind of like my main problem with this entire system but unfortunately the moisturizer does have fragrance as well all the products in their original system for acne prone skin have fragrance if you don’t know my opinion on fragrance no it’s not the devil even though i’m dramatic as [ __ ] and i usually say that anyway but i truly don’t believe it’s evil it’s just not necessary to formula and especially in formulas where they’re preaching to be used for sensitive skin fragrance should not be in those formulas because it’s only risking additional sensitivity while providing no purpose and benefit to the actual formula itself it’s just unnecessary i’m a big believer that treatments are amazing for the skin but you need to be very particular about what steps they’re being used in and how often you’re using them and my main issue with this system is that you’re going in with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser then following up with a glycolic acid toner and then following up with another benzyl peroxide treatment on top and then not wearing sunscreen what proactive has always been adamant about how this three step system is the only skin carotene that you need which while i somewhat agree with the minimalistic approach to skincare i definitely disagree with some major points one of the big problems these days i think that there is within the skincare community is that people tend to overly treat their skin they’re using too many treatment ingredients too many exfoliants too many retinols and pushing the skin over the edge when in reality a lot of times people’s skin just needs a good amount of moisture a good basic amount of exfoliation and soothing treatments and a lot of times overusing treatments creates the actual problem that you’re trying to avoid and it doesn’t allow your skin to ever really have a break to recover so to think that anyone who uses this three-step system every single day with all those treatment ingredients alongside potentially irritating fragrance while not using sunscreen i don’t know kind of a lot at once and i don’t blame proactiv for not necessarily including a sunscreen but when you’re stacking that many actives on top of each other i think it’s good nature and i know that it’s possible for them because they do include a sunscreen in their next system which i will talk about next looking at these ingredients i honestly wouldn’t recommend this toner and if you are looking for like a higher concentration of glycolic acid without risking any irritation or sensitivity i would highly recommend the glycolic acid treatment from crave beauty klavo yaha it is amazing my skin is somewhat sensitive to high concentration of glycolic acid or if you’re really wanting to you know go as high of a concentration as you can the ordinary glycolic solution is also great from an ingredient standpoint my skin was really sensitive to it but i still think it’s a great formula so long as you are using sunscreen if you are looking for a good sunscreen to use i highly recommend checking out my sunscreen videos i’ve done one what was that my sunscreen videos done one on drugstore sunscreens and one of my favorite drugstore sun sun screens oh my god am i having a stroke is the stroke of symptom of covet sunscreens i have a whole video dedicated to my favorite ones overall next is their proactive md three-piece system this one is kind of like the premium of their systems i believe like the best quality one at least from what i was able to see it seems very like medical very dermatology cleanser from this line is actually really good and it’s probably my favorite product from the whole line it has green tea to soothe redness and jojoba oil esters for hydrating but also balancing the moisture of the skin and it’s not too stripping at all and it’s fragrance free the moisturizer from this line though is at best i mean it has panthenol which is a good hydrating agent but that’s about the only ingredient that i was like oh that looks good it is a sunscreen moisturizer but it does utilize chemical uv filters now i’m not going to bag on proactive too hard at least they have a sunscreen i am happy for that but i’m personally not a fan of chemical uv filters especially for anyone with more sensitive skin which seems to be their primary clientele and overall the formula is just very basic like honestly i could find a lot of very similar sunscreens at the drugstore for weight less i don’t like products that are moisturizers and sunscreens in one because in reality you don’t need very much moisturizer for your face but you need a lot of sunscreen for your face and in order to get enough sunscreen on your face you would have to use a lot of that moisturizer like a good good amount of that and most of the time for moisturizer sunscreens like that people just aren’t using a large amount and then a line that’s entirely focused on active ingredients exfoliants acne repair it’s really critical that you’re getting the highest protection of sunscreen possible and i really wish it wasn’t like a moisturizer and a sunscreen in one but you know not complaining too much at least they have a sunscreen in their line i recommend where possible splitting up your moisturizer and sunscreen step or just using a sunscreen instead of a moisturizer because most sunscreens do already have hydrating moisturizing agents that function exactly like a moisturizer if you are looking for good mineral ones at the drugstore these are a few of my new favorites the babel botanicals daily sheer spf 40 mineral sunscreen this one is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and it’s amazing it’s a mineral based sunscreen that has a really lightweight formula and amazing ingredients i was really blown away when i saw this ingredient list and i would say it has a white cast rating about 1 to 1.
5 good price point i’ve really been liking this one or my newest discovery the coco kind spf 32 zinc oxide sunscreen this one only has zinc oxide amazing ingredients non-irritating it is a little bit heavier on the skin but it’s really nice to be able to find this at target and if you want to have some good moisturizer recommendations go check out my best drugstore moisturizer video because i make recommendations based off of what your skin type will be and what will fit best for you and then in this line they also have their 0.
1 adaptolene gel now if you don’t know adapoline it’s actually a retinoid that used to be prescription but it’s no longer prescription so you can buy it pretty much anywhere and it’s amazing for getting rid of acne scarring and aging as well but here’s the thing you can find adaptiline in a very affordable formula at the drugstore is called differin it’s super popular and the formula is nearly identical to the proactive one there’s not too much of a difference and you guys know me i don’t really think you should just be like throwing your money away if you can find just as good of a product at the drugstore but it’s not bad and it’s fragrance free so i’m happy to see that overall this system i will say is the best system that they have albeit that i’m not necessarily blown away by it it’s not bad and then finally they have their proactive plus acne treatment system now this one is a little i guess you could say step up from the original one but to be honest i feel like it’s just kind of an addition on to the original acne system they have their skin smoothing exfoliator which i believe is an exfoliating cleanser it’s also formulated with 2.
5 benzoyl peroxide which kind of confused me a little bit because i was like wait don’t you already have the other system with a 2.5 benzoyl peroxide cleanser i am confusion it also has ingredients like coconut acid and linoleic acid which i honestly get a little bit nervous about when in products aim for people with more oily acne sensitive prone skin because these are known to potentially block pores and not be the kindest to people who do have an excess of moisture and oiliness on their skin but this also has fragrance as well so i honestly don’t understand their reasoning for why they launched this cleanser when it’s almost exactly the same as the other one in between the two i honestly would recommend the original acne treatment system cleanser instead of this one then they have their poor targeting treatment with 2.
5 benzoyl peroxide which is a levon treatment that has hydrating ingredients like glycerin and sweet almond oil but also has fragrance as well and again i don’t really understand the purpose in this one when they already have the moisturizer from the other line that also has 2.
5 benzoyl peroxide do you guys see what i’m saying when i’m a little bit confused by this line i just don’t know what to think of it like if they would have had one with fragrance and then one without fragrance i would have been like okay here we go i’m here for this they’re really similar and i don’t understand the benefit of one over the other i don’t know finally their complexion perfecting hydrator which this one i think is unique and definitely the best product in this system it has 0.
5 salicylic acid so you are getting that salicylic acid benefit but at a lower concentration not anything too risky or sensitizing there’s a bunch of antioxidant rich root extracts licorice root extract which helps to brighten any dark spots on the skin sodium hyaline rate squalene to help moisturize the skin vice bala a great antioxidant there is some palm oil in there but it’s at such a low concentration so it’s not crazy bad but again i’m not crazy about seeing palm oil products and unfortunately fragrance but i really think proactive did find kind of like a good formula besides the fragrance i actually am really impressed by this formula and i think on its own it would be really good but again we come back to the problem of having so many octaves layered on top of each other a benzoyl peroxide cleanser with a benzoyl peroxide levon treatment with a salicylic acid moisturizer oh that’s just so many treatments stacked on each other i get worried for the sensitivity of the skin and honestly a good alternative to both of these cleansers would just be either the cereal acne foaming cleanser it’s a four percent benzoyl peroxide cleanser with no fragrance and good ingredients to really get those benefits or just using the penoxyl four percent or 10 benzoyl peroxide cleanser as well both those are available at the drugstore they do what they’re supposed to do they’re really effective and they’re non-irritating and honestly what more could you ask for if you’ve watched my videos you know that i’m always like be careful when it comes to treatments be very particular about when you use them don’t overdo it be careful and then when i see brands like this coming in and recommending just layering actives upon active subhan actives without a sunscreen i’m like what was the reason i don’t know it’s just unnecessary and i think teaching people that the more actives a product has the better which is not true whatsoever alongside having good octaves you need to have good hydrating soothing ingredients to reinforce your skin so you don’t push it over the edge and then we come to one of my least favorite things about this brand is that they really encourage their customers to buy all these products together in these three piece sets and then build them like every two weeks to 30 days instead of paying one lump sum so initially you’re like wow 30 for a three-piece set that’s actually a really good price but you have to really read in the fine lines to see that oh that’s only one of the three payments that they’re going to be deducting from my account this actually costs 90 or 100 which means that each of these products come down to about 30 to 35 each which is not very cheap i mean it’s not the worst thing in the world but i would consider that to be kind of low end luxury and with the formulas that they’re providing and literally that you can find almost exactly the same formulas at a drugstore price point that to me is a little bit of a rip off i don’t know that it’s worth that price point and maybe this is unpopular opinion but i’m the type of person where i’m like show me the total up front don’t give me a certain price and then charge me more later i want to know the entire price it just seems a little old-fashioned and it feels a little bit like proactive is kind of stuck in the old tv days like when you would call the number and give them your credit card information and they’d bill you three different times i’m like girl catch up with the times we’re no longer doing that we just like seeing the price in front of us and being able to judge whether it’s with her or not for ourselves and not being catfished into this certain price point and then having to pay that every single 30 days or two weeks do you guys agree so now we come to my final thoughts on the brand what do i think of proactive well for benefits deposit these i do like that they introduced a lot of people to the world of skincare i like that they got the conversation going among teenagers back when a lot of teenagers just didn’t know that skincare was an option at that age and be it whether they did damage a lot of people’s skin or not i do think that there is value in introducing people into the world of skin care to start up that conversation but for downsides i think first off the brand is just too simple they really ride on this three-step routine but in my mind don’t necessarily have the right steps like the fact that two out of the three systems don’t include a sunscreen to me is not the worst thing but when you’re telling people that this is all the skincare that you need there is a problem with that because you absolutely need sunscreen i mean it’s the most important thing and when you’re using really strong actives like what they deliver it makes it all the more important to use the sunscreen but in addition to that they use too many treatments they’re using so many ingredients that are stacked on top of each other for daily use that could overly sensitize your skin and push it over the edge i don’t think that you should be using a benzoyl peroxide cleanser a strong exfoliating toner and a benzyl peroxide moisturizer all on the same day repeating that seven days a week that’s a lot and it’s really important that you give your skin a break by using products that don’t have treatment ingredients it’s like the brand is simple in the wrong ways and also complicated in the wrong ways i also believe that proactive is overpriced for the formulas that they’re delivering i just i’m really not impressed i would love to see them utilize a lot more natural extracts deliver higher quality sunscreens mineral based sunscreens utilize soothing agents more high quality moisturizing agents something beyond the formulas that look almost identical to the drugstore ones that we have today and i think that may be because proactive is still riding on their success from way back when but people are becoming educated about skin care people are looking at their ingredient list and people are getting really picky and if brands like proactive don’t catch up soon and start delivering really high quality formulas that match what people are looking for they’re gonna be left in the dust and that’s just the way that business works and then finally i don’t like that in a lot of their products they do include fragrance and irritants particularly within their acne treatment systems i think it’s super ironic that in a system made for people with the most sensitive and irritated skin that they’re using unnecessary fragrance in my mind it just shouldn’t be in there and they’re excluding an entire audience of people who could be using their products had they not have formulated with fragrance because if you didn’t know fragrance allergies are rising every single year and it’s becoming a big issue and if brands don’t extend their reach into fragrance free formulas to deliver to their customers again they’re going to be left behind and you know i think there is something to be said about the thousands of comments that i get from people saying that proactive absolutely destroyed your skin i can’t ignore that and for that reason i just don’t like proactive i’m not a fan of the brand and honestly i just wouldn’t recommend them and given all of this i want to answer a question you guys are constantly asking do i think curology is better than proactive and to that i say yes i do believe curology is better i’ve always loved curology i love that they always stick to fragrance-free and non-irritating formulas i love that they only have their one treatment product i love they connect you with dermatology providers to answer your questions just like so many reasons i mean there’s a reason why i partnered with curology and i haven’t partnered with proactive and i mean this goes way back you can see my unsponsored video about curology from was it two years ago so yeah if you were to go with one i would personally recommend curology it’s more bang for your buck better formulas and just all over a better experience but what do you guys think what are your thoughts on proactive do you think i dragged them enough do you think i should have dragged them more do you agree with me do you disagree i want to know and if you haven’t already be sure to and to the notification bell so that you can see my videos every single week and i’ll see you guys in the next one