Adult acne, if you suffer from it, can be one of the most distressing, embarrassing and confidence-draining things to happen to you, other than weeing yourself in public. My good friend Gemma has suffered with red, blotchy, spotty skin since she was a teenager and it's never seemed to budge. I told her to religiously cleanse and tone, but this only seemed to work for a little while and now she's back to being spottier than her 16 year old brother. At 27 with two children this is making her life pretty awkward and uncomfortable. She's literally tried pretty much everything going, including prescription medication, but nothing has seemed to work thus far. Here's a few pictures of her skin as it currently stands and I have to say a huge thanks to her for agreeing to share them with us... she told me she was really embarrassed to send them!
As you can see, her skin is not in great nick. For this reason she's agreed to take the plunge and put celebrity favourite Proactiv to the test. It's a favourite of Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, Avril Livigne and even teeny bopper Justin Beiber (although don't let that put you off) so it must do something right. Gemma is trying the full system, which includes a cleanser, toner, day and night moisturiser plus a clay mask, for the next few months to see if it really can make a difference to the state of her skin.
Renewing Cleanser - This mild, oil-free formula gently cleanses your skin, while tiny exfoliating grains smooth away dead skin cells so they can’t clog pores. Salicylic Acid helps to remove existing impurities, so blemishes fade away.
Revitalising Toner - Our gentle toner helps balance skin tone and lift away old, dead skin cells to reveal the fresh, radiant skin beneath. The Revitalising Toner removes excess oil while soothing your skin with natural botanical extracts.
Repairing Day Lotion - Specially formulated to keep breakouts under control throughout the day, this light lotion is great for the entire face. Salicylic Acid gets to the source of the problem to dry up blemishes and help prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming.
Repairing Night Lotion - Our gentle Night Lotion is formulated with Salicylic Acid to help prevent future breakouts while you sleep, plus Retinol to equalise skin tone and reduce the appearance of pore size. Also contains Vitamins D and E which are designed to help alleviate the visible effects of free-radicals caused by sunlight.
Refining Mask - This rich deep-cleansing mask is formulated with Sulphur, a blemish-fighting ingredient that penetrates pores where blemishes begin. Cool Kaolin helps absorb surface oils while our special formula is designed to ease and soothe the skin. This mask also helps clear blemishes, leaving your skin looking fresh and radiant.
Three days in and she already says her face is as smooth as her baby's bottom, so it's looking like there may be hope! Stay tuned because Gemma will be updating me once a week on her progress so we can really see if Proactiv is as proactive as it claims!