Approximately 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from acne. Many sufferers feel like they have tried just about every cream, wash and pill on the market. One of the most popular and effective remedies is the Proactiv Refining Mask. While this acne treatment is available on proactiv.com, this mask is part of the classic suite of Proactiv products and is not not found in their newest line. When used properly and with the Proactiv 3 Step System, this mask can work wonders on your skin. Read on to find out the most effective ways to use this system and achieve the smooth, flawless skin you've always wanted.
Wash your face with the Proactiv Renewing Cleanser before using the mask. Pat your skin dry with a towel and make sure it is completely bare.
Apply a pea-sized amount of the mask to your finger and rub evenly onto all your fingertips for an even application.
Apply the mask to clean, dry skin, focusing on problem areas such as the forehead, nose and chin. Dab a little extra on any pimples to soak in the medicine and help shrink them quicker.
Wait 10 minutes or until the mask is dry and tight. Gently wash it off with water until there is nothing left on your face. Your skin should feel soft and clean. Pat dry with a towel.
Squeeze a small amount of the Proactiv Revitalizing Toner on a cotton ball and swab it all over your face. Once it dries, finish off with the Proactiv Repairing Lotion.
The mask is used best with the Proactiv 3 Step Skincare System, which contains all the products listed above. Begin using the mask once a week and gradually increase to twice or even three times a week to keep your skin soft and acne-free. To zap away pimples overnight, the mask can be used as an overnight spot treatment. Dab a little on any pimples, leave it on overnight and in the morning they will shrink significantly and be less visible. You may find that using one product more or less than another works better for you.
If you have very sensitive skin, this mask may not be for you. As always, consult with your dermatologist or skin care advisor before beginning a new regimen.
Ginger Emme is a full-time freelance writer and blogger from Detroit, Mich. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and communications. She has been writing online professionally since 2008 and in late 2009 decided to take the plunge into a career of full-time freelance writing.