Proactiv Solution, which is composed of a cleanser, toner, and lotion, produces good results in treating acne. A product of a five-year research, this skin treatment kit puts together different ingredients, with benzoyl peroxide the most active, to give you a blemish-free skin. The problem, however, is that when you stop using Proactive solution, your skin becomes worse than it was before you used the product. You experience skin breakouts, which appear rather uncontrollably. But there are ways to get off Proactive Solution treatment without giving your skin ugly blemishes. Here are some tips you can consider.
- Discontinue use gradually. If you are planning to stop using Proactiv Solution, it is wise to do it gradually. If you do it abruptly, you are giving your skin less time to adjust, which might result in skin breakouts. It will help if you do the regimen only once a day as opposed to the normal morning-and-evening routine. Some prefer doing it only in the morning, but it is generally up to you. Also, you can have intervals in using any of the three products. For example, you can use the toner every other day until your face clears and you are ready to stop all three products. Just remember to discontinue using them one at a time.
- Replace Proactive with a trusted product. You can use a skin product of your choice on days you don’t use Proactiv Solution. Again, this is part of the gradual process of discontinuing use of Proactiv. You can use a gentle facial soap or another skin kit, but whatever product you choose, make sure it is compatible with your skin and won’t react negatively to Proactiv. Better if you use a product with ingredients not as harsh as those of Proactiv so that you avoid over-treating your skin.
- Use only Proactiv on the blemishes and acne spots. As you are in the process of quitting Proactiv, apply Proactiv only on the acne and blemished areas. The parts that have cleared up should be dealt with the product you earlier chose to replace Proactiv with. In a matter of days, the acne and blemished areas are likely to clear up too and will no longer need Proactive treatment.
- Decrease the amount of Proactiv you apply to your skin. Use only as little Proactive as you can as you progress in the quitting process. The smaller the amounts you apply, the better your skin will adjust. After around two weeks, you can altogether stop using Proactiv.
- Observe your skin. Remember to carefully observe your skin as you stop using Proactiv and until after you switch to another product. If it shows signs of irritation at some point in that transition period, immediately visit a dermatologist.
If you want, you can go straight to a dermatologist as soon as you decide to stop using Proactiv to get advice about the best replacement product to use. Although the consultation and the replacement product itself might cost you some, you are guaranteed to have a guided alternative in caring for your skin.