Disclaimer: I received this 3-Piece Acne Treatment System with Adapalene complimentary from Influenster & ProactivMD for testing purposes, but all opinions are my own.
I was pretty surprised that I qualified for this box but at the same time I wasn’t because there was a question in my survey to get in for this box that asked: “would you be willing to try a 3-step skin care routine?” I clicked “yes” of course because I’m willing to try anything once.
I was excited when I got the e-mail from Influenster with the subject line: “YOU’RE IN!!” but I have to admit that my excitement did fade a bit when I saw that it was a box of ProactivMD products… I’ve seriously heard nothing but bad things about this brand from family and friends and don’t get me started on those damn commercials!
The box was a good size to fit the three products inside. When I first opened the box I was welcomed by this postcard:
The back side of it:
I was interested to know that Proactiv is offering products over-the-counter now and was actually getting a little bit excited to be able to try this 3-step face care routine.
I thought everything was packaged a little messily but oh well, everything was perfectly in tact.
The first step to the face care routine is the Deep Cleansing Face Wash. The directions tell you to use this twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night but it doesn’t mention anything about removing makeup–just daily dirt and oils so I only used it during the day because at night; I need a face cleanser that removes makeup so I stuck to my usual one (First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser).
I used this face cleanser for 4 days in a row before I had to stop. It seriously dried my skin out. It’s been 3 days since I stopped using it and I still have chapped, white spots on my face from dryness. I don’t see a difference in the cleanliness of my face… my blackheads and whiteheads are still quite noticeable… there are no less than there were before I started using this cleanser.
The second step is an Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment. It doesn’t really give great direction on when to apply this gel but I decided to use it shortly after washing my face with the Deep Cleansing Face Wash in step one. I smoothed a thin layer over my nose where I have the most blackheads and on my chin where my whiteheads live… I know the Deep Cleanser caused the dryness because I scrubbed it around my nose the most and that’s where my chapped, white skin is. This acne treatment wasn’t the cause for the dryness… but I didn’t see it do much at all. I don’t have acne so I couldn’t really test it on that.
Step three is the Daily Oil Control w/ SPF 30. The directions on the back of the bottle tell you to apply it 15m before you go out into the sun. I mentioned (above) that I did this routine for only 4 days but, I actually forgot to use this third step on the first day… I didn’t forget on the second day, though. My face became extremely itchy not too long after applying this–I was surprised I didn’t break out into a rash nor did my skin turn any shade of red. I do think this cream caused the itchiness and it definitely helped the cleanser dry my skin out, too.
I am sad that I used these products on my face and am desperately trying to get my face back to a nice, healthy moisturized state now. I do not recommend this 3-step skincare routine to anyone. I’m sure there are plenty of better serums, creams, and gels out there.