Proactiv Alternatives?

I can't afford proactiv and get pretty bad break outs on my chin. Any suggestions?



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May 3, 20070 found this helpful

Hi. I don't have suggestions about alternative cleanser, sorry. But I will say stress can trigger acne. I always break out soon after I get myself worked up. Deep breaths.."this too shall pass". I hope you find what you are after.

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May 3, 20070 found this helpful

WalMart has an alernative package, much cheaper than ProActiv, it's orange and blue. You'll know which one it is. Try that.

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May 4, 20070 found this helpful

If your breakouts are severe cleaners don't usually work. Seek your Doctors advice as there are medications that will treat that form of acne, but what ever you do don't use facials scrubs unless they are very gentle. Try a detoxing diet which will clean your insides of free radicals(Bad Bugs) and then you should start seeing a difference on the outside use in conjunction with cleansers if you wish. But see your Doctor for advise first.


I hope this helps :-)

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By Sheryl (Guest Post)
May 4, 20070 found this helpful

Try Tea Tree Oil (not really OIL) It's is believed to be one of the main ingredients in ProAcitve. You can buy it by the vitamins at Walmart - it's in a small brown glass jar for only a couple of dollars. Use a Q-tip and dap it on the blemish. My daughters dilute Tea Tree Oil with 1/2 water and rub it over their face every other day. DO NOT GET IT IN YOUR EYES. It burns very badly. Also, it will remove the color from towels, bed clothing, etc.

Good luck honey.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
May 5, 20070 found this helpful

When I get them on my cheeks, especially near my ears, I know that I've forgotten to change my pillowcase, need to add more soap to the wash, and may have used HOT water and BAR soap which all


add to the problem. Chocolate and greasy foods can
certainly make matters worse as well, but using white pillow cases/face cloths/mild warm water splashes in the mornings WITHOUT soaps, or if needed using only the mildest of PH balanced liquid
cleanser/soap designed for the face. Remember that
EVERY time one touches the face/complexion, hands
and fingers must be CLEANED first, because even
microscopic dust/dirt/germs can cause MAJOR zits.
Using white face cloths/cases can be bleached 1-2x/mo. to eliminate any bacteria/virus that might be lurking there from whatever source. Also, making up the bed daily to prevent dust from settling on the pillow/sheets will do wonders. We life too fast, worry too much, and use many wrong products. Try to calm down, drink lots of water daily, take multi-vitamins/minerals (even Bugs Bunny Complete chewables will work if you are not a large person).

Try dotting any zits with Ivory Dish soap on a q-tip
and let it dry. It works wonders for most folks. Go
easy on alcohols and "astringents" on the face. Also,
lighten up on makeup, but DO use some in the problem areas as proctectant. If done lightly, it doesn't take much to remove it, and NEVER SCRUB
the skin with anytihing....easy does it...tepid water,
light rubs/pats dry or blow/air dry, and light makeup.
Forget all the things that are promoted if you cannot afford them. Just eat better, drink lots of water, avoiding sweets, grease, beer, soft drinks, and rich
desserts. You won't regret doing this. Eat more veggies other than potatoes/corn/macaroni and cheese (which are too high as carbs), and eliminate
extra sweet things. Watch the difference. It won't take long to notice an improvement. Get enough
sleep on frequently fresh linens. God bless you. : )

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May 6, 20070 found this helpful

I use a good general cleanser like Clearasil or Equate (Wal-mart's generic version), which I've added a few drops of tea tree oil to. And I never wash my face with my bare hands, no matter what the cleanser says or how clean my hands are--I've worked in the medical field over 20 years and know clean. Yet, anytime I use my hands to wash my face, it just doesn't seem to get as clean or stay as breakout free. I always use a washcloth or a facial brush to exfoliate. Always keep hands away from the face during the day, since bacteria promotes breakouts.


Tea tree won't remove color from towels or sheets. I'm sure it was probably the benzoil peroxide in a topical treatment Sheryl's daughters used. Since multiple things are used at once to treat acne, it's easy to get them mixed up.

And by the way, if you have a problem with dandruff, put a few drops of the tea tree oil in your shampoo too. It's also great to dab on cold sores, or add a few drops to mouthwash to kill bacteria, kills germs on scrapes and cuts, and lots of other things.

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May 8, 20070 found this helpful

benzoylperocsid from pharmacy
I am not sure how it is spelled. I am using Basiron gel as topical medication on acne areas and it works well. My chin and nose are not red anymore and don't itch or swell.


For cleaning I use normal skin care products, no oil in moisturizer, must wear sunscreen. Gentle scrub to get pores clean. Clean twice a day, use clean hands and towels. Takes color off fabrics.

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May 13, 20070 found this helpful

Along with those tips about cleansers, this one may help some too. Do you often sit with your chin rested in your hand? In high school and college I had to be careful not to sit that way in class or I would get breakouts along my chin and jawline, too. I guess dirt and oils from my hand would be transferred to my face by the constant contact.

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May 14, 20070 found this helpful

For a more natural way of aiding clear skin is Tea tree oil, applied directly on affected area, it has a great smell... be careful not to apply to broken skin and it might pay to test on your skin before you use it on a larger scale, also do not put near eyes or delicate skin.

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By kathy (Guest Post)
May 30, 20070 found this helpful

AcneFree is a fraction of the cost of Proactive and works great!

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By Teresa (Guest Post)
June 20, 20070 found this helpful

try Neutragena 8 hour spot treatment gel i used it right before i went to bed and the pimples got wayyy smaller and less red

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By juan (Guest Post)
August 29, 20080 found this helpful

I am 15 years old started getting acne at 12 years old. I really had a lot of pimples everywhere my cheeks forehead chin everywhere. I saw the proactiv commercial when I was 13. I tried it did not work. I was so mad I felt depressed soon.

After 2 years of having hard acne, my friend used proactiv and it worked well for him. There was one difference he used it because he just had a accident and he had to stay home and not go to school for 2 months while he was in a cast so he decided I'm going to use proactiv now that I'm not so busy he did it worked. so I figured that proactiv works better when you are not exposed to so much sun and that's why it did not work for me because when I tried it i was exposed to al ot of sun so it would really hurt my skin because some thing in the proactiv makes your skin sensitive when expose the sun. So i was going to have my summer break and I to use it there so I would not go outside for any sun exposure and it worked! The first 38 days were ruff, my skin turned so red I got so many breakouts but after that it just little by little started clearing up and now i would say my face is about 80% more cleared then what it was so I guess in another 2 months I will be 100% clear. I would really recommend this. Thank you for reading!

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