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    Quote Originally Posted by Muduh View Post
    My grandson used ProActiv, then some prescription stuff and now he's on that stuff that you have to have the checkups to make sure it isn't damaging your kidneys or something like that. The thing is, his face wasn't horrible to begin with. My son was against the strong stuff, but he lost out to the kids mom. Anyway, his face always looks red and sort of waxy. It's like he has no pores or something.
    Oh Muduh, that can't be good! When I had acne problems, I had tried everything from Retin-A to antibiotics. You know what ended up working for me? Drinking plenty of water (I was carrying around liter bottles of Evian way before everyone else did) and using Cetaphil cleanser (about $9 or $10 for a big container at the supermarket or drug store). My dermatologist recommended it--it's gentle and moisturizes the skin (even oily skin needs moisture). My skin's pretty darned good now as an adult, but I still use that, even when facialists etc. try to push their expensive potions.

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    I've used ProActiv as well as my sister and a few friends. They all like it quite well. If you seem to be sensitive, just use it every other day. Accutane definitely works, but it's very strong with the possibility of terrible side effects. You should try everything else before you even consider it. There are problems with night blindness. It's good the doctors keep tabs on you while you're on it. Your acne problem should be pretty severe in order to resort to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prhoshay View Post
    I would also like to suggest that anybody with face outbreak problems seriously up their water intake everyday. I say this because my son, who was raised to drink plenty of water everyday (we even had the water machine with the big upside down bottle on it), found out that when he cut his water intake, in favor of soft drinks, his face broke out, big-time!! Everything improved when he got back to drinking a decent amount of water...and I didn't have to nag him about it. He saw, for himself, that water really was the most beneficial thing for his skin. His skin is gorgeous.

    He still will drink soft drinks, but water is his main beverage.

    i am using proactive along with my teenage son and i love it- but don't really like the cost. during the month if i let my self get dehydrated more than a couple of times especially during the heat of the summer i get huge zits, the deep painful kind. I totally back up the above statement about water! running off to get a glass of water now.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by snickertink View Post
    i am using proactive along with my teenage son and i love it- but don't really like the cost. during the month if i let my self get dehydrated more than a couple of times especially during the heat of the summer i get huge zits, the deep painful kind. I totally back up the above statement about water! running off to get a glass of water now.......
    I just last night saw a commercial on tv and the ProActiv was 19.95 for several bottles of stuff. You might want to check their website and see if that's a sale or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerLVNV View Post
    My son uses the ProActive but it only works when we get him to use it. It's very hard to get a 12 year old to wash his face let alone put something on it religiously. He drinks a lot of water so that helps, but he also indulges in the sugary stuff.

    I was thinking about using The Body Shop Tea Tree wipes since that would be easier for him, just whip it out and wipe it on, voila.

    It will take some convincing though, he's not really self conscious about his breakouts.
    Unless he's getting such big zits he's getting scarring I'd leave him be. He'll be selfconscious about his body/face/skin soon enough! It's like getting kids to take showers...one day you are having to lay down the law to get them in there more than once a week, the next month they are in there every day for half an hour...the difference...puberty and interest in whatever sex attracts them.
    One thing on acne for the non-teens among you---if you've been through the teen thing, had your skin settle down for several years, and then start getting acne again you may very well have rosacea, which may look similar but is very different (a bacterial infection I think). If you flush easily--turn red after half a drink or spicy food or a little exercise--and are breaking out again see a dermatologist. They have very good medicine for it now, but unfortunately prescription and lifetime. If you just leave it be you get broken capillaries on your face and a nose like W.C. Field's---basically you start to look like an alcoholic. So definitely see a doctor before you have permanent changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muduh View Post
    I just last night saw a commercial on tv and the ProActiv was 19.95 for several bottles of stuff. You might want to check their website and see if that's a sale or something.
    i'll have to check that out, also take a list of active ingredients to wal-mart and check out the genaric kind and see how they measure up.
    Thanks Muduh for the tip

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    When it first came out I paid $120 to have it shipped to Canada. It didn't work for me at all, such a waste of money

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    I know several people who swear by Proactiv. Speaking of which, I'll bet this is a successful ad campaign

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    ^ haha that's so funny.

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    ^ OMG I am so insulted! I don't have a girlfriend and had a bad case of acne which has cleared up tons, but still.

    *ETA* I remember when my parents went to San Fransisco, they brought back like another version of Proactive, only it was called Klear Action. It was good though. Now that I've run out of it, I can't possibly book a flight to the States just for it.. Though I'd love to. I'm using Clearasil now and so far my skin has been okay.
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