It’s been 8 days since I started using Proactiv. Yes, it’s a bit embarrassing for me to admit using it, especially as a 32 year old man, but I was desperate. I can not believe that I have more pimples on my face now as  a 32 year old person than I did back when I was a teenager. It’s utterly ridiculous that I still have to go through what I thought would end by the time I graduated from college. But no, these little critters are relentless and they’ve been attacking me with no regards to my feelings whatsoever. I waited and waited and used all sorts of over-the-counter methods of eliminating these little zits, but I couldn’t wait any longer to take desperate actions. I’m engaged and getting married in a few months! I refuse to get married with a few dozen pimples sunbathing on my face.

So I made the Proactiv purchase and have been using it without fail for the past 8 days. I still have zits everywhere on my face. I counted 29 the other day. Not 29 blemishes, but 29 actual live zits; the ones that itch and hurt at the same time. But I can feel the medication working. My skin feels different and I can feel the pimples slowly dying. Couple more new zits  have popped up the last couple days, but it’s definitely at a slower rate than it was before.

Proactiv also sent me a book written by the two female “doctors” that created the medication. It’s called “The Doctors’ Secrets to a Lifetime of Clear Skin”. It lists 30 truths about acne. As I read through them, I felt that it was good useful information. There are three things I learned from reading the book.

1. Take Control Of Your Acne

Acne is not curable but controllable. People will always get a variation of some acne. Acne is such a broad term that any blemish that pops up on your body can be labeled as acne. There are many medication out there to help us control it but none of them offer a cure for it. To control it, we must take care of our skin on a daily basis. It’s almost like washing your hair or brushing your teeth. If you don’t take care of them, they will go bad. In the same way, if we don’t take care of our skin, acne will appear.

2. If Pimple Is Visible, It’s Too Late

There are two ways to treat pimples. Treat the ones that are already visible on your face and treat the ones that have not yet appeared on your face. Acne goes through different stages like all other things in life. When a pimple is visible on your skin, it is in the very last stage of its life. When we use topical cream to treat the visible ones, we’re basically playing catch-up because new ones will appear by the time existing one dies. The best way to treat them is to prevent them from appearing in the first place, by taking care of our skin using proper medication, everyday.

3. Use Three Steps To Prevent Breakout

There are two chemical solutions that fight acne well: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Basically what you need to do first is clean up the dead skin cells using an exfoliating benzoyl peroxide solution. Then open up the clogged pores by dissolving them with salicylic acid based toner or astringent. Finally, once the pores are open, use benzoyl peroxide based lotion that will kill the pimple.