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From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 05-04-2005, 12:07 AM (1 of 16)
Does anyone else suffer from this? :sad:
My 15 year old daughter is going thru this too!!!
I suppose my hubby is realizing it is an issue...the other day I came home to him watching an infomercial about Proactiv! :monkey:
Then he asked if I had ever tried it! :bang:

Has anyone ever tried this product?? I just hate to spend that much on something that don't work. Yes it does come with a money back guarentee....
I heard the testamonials...but I want to hear what "real" people think. Not that Vanessa Williams, Jessica Simpson and those others are not real....but hey they can pay the big bucks to go see a skin doctor....or air brush their photos!!
Sorry to say I live in the "real world"~a zit between the eyes or on your chin isn't a life or death situation :cry: but I prefer not to have to deal with it. :nah: As for my daughter....she is a beautiful girl, she deserves to get acne-free!

Blessings & Smiles

Frogs have it easy....they just eat what's buggin' them.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-04-2005, 12:35 AM (2 of 16)
I have a niece that swears by Pro Activ. She had terrible acne and she now has gorgeous skin. Her brother also uses it and his acne has also disappeared.

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From: Mom of Six
Date: 05-04-2005, 06:30 AM (3 of 16)
My son was suffering from a terrible case. The DR. first put him on antibiotics & gave him some prescription creams (don't know the names) His skin was clear in about a month. The Dr. said an infection under the skin causes a lot of acne & the only way to get rid of it is with antibiotics. He had tried a lot of things before this & was very meticulous about washing. He still washes often to keep it away. Out of 6 kids 2 had the bad acne & these were the ones that didn't get sick as much as the rest. Dr. said germs & bacteria affect each person in a different way. You might want to check with your Dr. I know everyone is different & only you & your Dr. can say what is right for you.
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From: Dede
Date: 05-04-2005, 07:43 AM (4 of 16)
I had very bad skin when I was a teenager; it was hormonal. I saw a dermatologist (yes, they were around in those days) who mentioned what I ate had nothing to do with this. He prescribed a good skin cleanser. I still have the odd pimple once in a while; it mostly occurs when I have a fever or when I'm very tired. I don't do anything about it as it clears out within a few days. I also suggest you see a dermatologist for your daughter. Good luck.
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From: toadusew
Date: 05-04-2005, 10:13 AM (5 of 16)
My daughter suffered from terrible acne when she was in late elementary years and in junior high. We tried everything--meds, doctors, etc, and nothing worked. Then she asked us to let her try Proactiv--and it almost worked miracles! Within 2 weeks, her skin cleared up and we were all sold on it's benefits. Now, she gets the kit--cleanser, toner, and something else (don't remember what)--every 2 months and her skin is clear. She gets an occassional odd pimple, but it usually goes away within a day or so after she spot treats it. Of course, she is also religious about her skin care regiment--uses the products faithfully and keeps her skin clean. And she found a make up that works for her, which is in the Nutragena (sp?) line.

Like you, we didn't want to spend that much money on something, but it really did work wonders for my daughter, and it's cheaper than the doc. :bluewink: Also, there aren't any side effects like there would be with oral medications.

By the way, we probably got Proactiv for my daughter when she was about 13 or 14; she is now 18 and has been acne free since using Proactiv.

Hope this helps a bit. :smile:
User: toadusew
Member since: 01-08-2005
Total posts: 369
From: Magot
Date: 05-04-2005, 12:07 PM (6 of 16)
My dear Hubby has acne , which he has passed onto my daughter. She went the hormonal route and went on the pill, which helped her with the terrible periods and cleared up the acne. She has now come off the pill and is more careful in her diet so as not to eat any foods which have been fed hormones/antibiotics (as many of the factory farmed meats are) and remains relatively spot free.
Thee is a difference between teenage spots and acne - classically Tony has the red form, acne rosacae. which forms in a T across the face and can lead to spots on the chest and back as well. He went to the Doctor who proscribed a cream for him, which left him with a face like a chemical burn for 4 or 5 days untill something started to happen. Very unpleasant - he is now on long term anitbiotics - erythromycin - which works well but has occasional nasty gut side effects if he doesn't take it with meals.
love and kisses, Jan
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 05-04-2005, 12:20 PM (7 of 16)
My sister has always had acne....(she's 43 now) and tried Proactiv, but it didn't work...neither did all the antibiotics the Drs prescribed. So she lives with it...
I didn't get acne till I was's not bad, only when my period is due. I don't do anything for it...don't need to really. (I'm 50 now...if I get a zit...people think I'm younger hahahahahahahah :re: )
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From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 05-04-2005, 08:56 PM (8 of 16)
I went to the Derm Dr. about a year ago..I had a really ugly rash next to my mouth and flowing down on my chin. It was ugly! My family dr tried to treat it with steroids and that only caused it to flare up.
The derm dr prescribed tetracycline...which I did take...I missed a day of taking it, then went back to taking it the next day and it sent me into a major reaction! My chest got tight, hard time breathing....was finally given a cream to apply. It did the trick on the rash, sadly it don't help with the zits.

I will see about getting the Proactiv for my would be worth a try!

Will let ya'll know how it goes.
Thanks for y'all input!

Blessings & Smiles

Frogs have it easy....they just eat what's buggin' them.
User: MyGirlFriday
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From: Domestic Goddes
Date: 05-05-2005, 06:40 AM (9 of 16)
I had clear skin throughout my teenage years - and never had a spot or zit until my mid-thirties. Horrible, red, inflamed nasty ones. Yuk.

I use Dermalogica - which I think originates from your side of the Atlantic?
The medicated clearing gel is very good and after a month it chased the nasty red spots away without giving me a "sun burn" effect or drying my skin out. Link below for their website.
User: Domestic Goddes
Member since: 01-04-2005
Total posts: 108
From: Bama
Date: 05-27-2005, 05:16 PM (10 of 16)
I ordered Proactiv for my 16 yo son. It didn't help him at all.
I took him to the dermatologist who prescribed antibiotics plus a cream medication. His acne cleared up about 50%.
A huge improvement to me but he's still not happy about it. I'm refusing to let him take the other medicine the Dr told him about. (can't remember the name, the one that might cause depression in some people)
Since he's been getting out in the sun more and going swimming, it's clearing up a little more.

I get an ocassional zit or two. I started using what was left of his Proactiv and it cleared mine right up. Go figure.
User: Bama
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 05-27-2005, 06:45 PM (11 of 16)
Proactive did nothing for my Grandson.. His has gotten better now.. but the last year was terrible for him.. He will be 17 in November..
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-27-2005, 06:49 PM (12 of 16)
My daughter swears by proactive-especially around "that" time of the month when she really breaks out.
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From: MaryW
Date: 06-02-2005, 08:50 AM (13 of 16)
I had acne from teenage years until I was in my late forties. Nothing worked, I tried creams of every description, skin peels, dermabrasion, everything. It cleared up once the wrinkles started to appear. :sad:
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Member since: 06-23-2005
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From: Laurieb2851
Date: 07-01-2005, 03:45 AM (14 of 16)
I had a horrible time with acne as a teenager. I have pale skin so if I got acne it showed up big time and I wasn't allowed to wear make-up. I had a girlfriend I sat and had a cola with at our neighborhood drugstore (back when Coke was real and tasted great) and she looked at herself in the mirror and at me at the same time and said, "You know, I might have more pimples - but yours show up more." Now this girlfriend I knew put make-up on and by the time she got it all on she looked like she fell in a flour bin so I just kind of giggled to myself. It can be hurtful for a kid though to have acne.

Our old family doctor prescribed a forumula that was of his own formula that he had made special for his own daughters when they were teens. It worked wonderful for me and I didn't have acne at all after that. Years later I asked him to prescribe something for my daughter and it was something completely different that he gave her. I don't remember if it worked or not, long time ago - but her skin is relatively clear now. I think our old family doctor should have put his forumula on the market - it really was a miracle remedy. That doctor is a brilliant man. He invented a bird feeder that actually keeps squirrels out and donates them to nursing homes and group homes. What a special man.
User: Laurieb2851
Member since: 03-08-2005
Total posts: 16
From: Shellymoon
Date: 08-07-2005, 09:38 PM (15 of 16)
It cleared up once the wrinkles started to appear

Wish that happened to I've got acne AND wrinkles! Good grief.
Shelly Moon
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From: allie-oops
Date: 08-07-2005, 11:15 PM (16 of 16)
46years old, and I have horrible cystic acne. No medical insurance, so I can't go to the dr. The thing that has helped me the most is goat milk soap - just the plain stuff. It's wonderful. I've not tried Proactive [can't afford it]. People I've asked are split on it - sometimes it works, sometimes not.
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
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