If you’ve dealt with acne of any kind, you understand the need to get rid of it in any way possible.
I never had a huge problem in high school or college. I got hit in my early twenties. It was deep, cystic, uncomfortable, embarrassing and detrimental to my confidence. With Proactive’s catchy marketing and major promise of relief, I decided to give it a go. For the most part, it worked. I slowly (verrrrrrry slowly) started seeing signs of healing.
The thing is- Proactive (and many other acne treatments) use this thing called Benzoyl Peroxide. I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t use this product because HOLY CRAP am I thankful that it got me out of my rut. However, I am here to warn you against the possible negative side effects and give you an insight as to why I decided it doesn’t work for me.
Benzoyl Peroxide provides oxygen to kill bacteria in pores and follicles and it provides benzoic acid to minimize build up and congestion. SO, this is why…well, it works. The thing is, it doesn’t actually FIX the problem. It simply hides your acne for another day.
Here’s what the Proactive commercials don’t tell you: BP dries the skin and increases levels of inflammation and free radical production, which leads to premature aging. Its effect is similar to a sun burn. Repeated use damages the skin’s structure and slows the healing process, which leads to red and brown marks that last weeks longer if you are using BP.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not down with aging quicker than I need to.
When I really started putting all of this together, I decided to ditch the BP for good. It was a terrifying thing to decide. I didn’t know how my skin would react. Would I regress 8 years? Would I totally regret my decision? I was going to find out.
I did some research and came across TONS of people going through the same thing. We all wanted to get off Benzoyl Peroxide, but we didn’t know how. In my next post, I’m going reveal exactly what I did to free myself from this damaging product. I’m pretty much BP free and already my skin looks younger, tighter and has more of a glow!