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The reason that Proactive is supposed to work is b/c of the Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid are supposed to work TOGETHER. The products are specifically designed to be used together, so by taking out the products that have benzoyl peroxide in them and replacing them with other products, you probably aren't going to get a good result, and may even irritate your skin even more.

Personally, I thought Proactive was a bunch of hogwash. It didn't work for me AT ALL, but I have heard stories of people that it did help. Those people seem to be in the minority though!

Anyway, basically you can get the same effect of Proactive for half the price in your local drugstore. Proactive's main ingredients are Benzoyl and Salicylic Acid - I mean, it's not like it has anything "special" in it that most acne sufferers haven't already tried a million times. They just put the stuff together in a convenient little system, added some soothing "botanicals" like aloe and such, jacked up the price, paid Jessica Simpson a hefty check to plug it and make it seem like a miracle, and there you go. It's so overrated. If you want the same effect, go to Walgreens and get one product with Benzoyl, another with Salicylic, then go home and use them together. There ya go, homeade Proactive for ya.

Can ya tell I'm not a fan of Proactive? LOL. Also, yes, I agree with you that stress, diet, and sleep play a larger role controlling one's acne than does anything topical you put on your face.

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