Proactiv is a very popular, 3-step acne clearing system developed by two dermatologists. The key to using Proactiv perfectly is to make it a daily routine (like brushing your teeth, it should come as second nature after a while) without omitting any of the three crucial steps. Moreover, the 3-step system must be applied twice a day–in the morning and at night before bed–in order to be truly effective. The secret to Proactiv is that it’s a preventive measure in addition to being a treatment measure. Thus, it must be used every single day for best results.

Things You'll Need

Cleanse your face with the Proactiv Renewing Cleanser. Make sure to do it correctly: Wet the area to be treated, then apply a dime-sized amount of the cleanser all over your skin, massaging it in a circular motion for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, then pat dry with a clean terry cloth towel.

Follow up the cleansing with the Proactive Revitalizing Toner. Pour some of the toner onto a cotton pad and apply all over your skin. Wait about a minute or two for the toner to dry. Don’t rinse off.

Finally, finish up with the Proactiv Repairing Lotion, which contains powerful acne medication called benzoyl peroxide. Apply the lotion all over the area to be treated and allow to dry. Don’t rinse off.

Repeat the entire 3-step process above every morning and every night before you go to sleep.


  • Make sure your face is clean and free of any makeup before you start applying the products.

    The Proactiv system can be used anywhere on your body where you have acne–including the neck, back and chest.

    If your skin becomes overly dry or flaky, apply an oil-free moisturizer as a fourth step.

References and Resources

Official Site for Proactiv