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Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review – Acne Skin Care

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review – Acne Skin Care

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review for acne prone skin care. If you have been suffering with acne prone skin like me since I was in high school, you’ll LOVE trying Proactiv’s Renewing Cleanser that’s part of a 3 step skin care routine for the management and prevention of acne. Read my review on Proactiv Renewing Cleanser ! (Step 1)

proactiv renewing cleaners photo

proactiv Renewing Cleaner photo

Covering up acne with makeup was always easy for me, but after a while I hated living with constant acne surprises especially around high stress final exams! I was suffering in high school with acne during my senior year and received a Proactive kit that year for Christmas! I started seeing small results in as little as 3 days! This was a skin care routine that blossomed into a good habit and I learned how to properly take care of acne prone skin. It’s important to stick to a daily skin acre routine, consistency is king! (And I’ll prove why below) How to get clear acne free skin? I believe Proactive is the best choice to get clear acne free skin!

proactive review before and after photos

Proactive review before and after photos –  How to Get Clear Acne Free Skin

proactiv renewing cleanser review - Before Photo

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review – Before Photo My skin was suffering with break outs!

I’m going to review the 3 step Proactiv system separately to really explain each step and why you need all 3 skin care products! The Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is the most amazing acne cleaner you’ll ever meet. I love the exfoliating beads the best. My skin always looks more even toned and feels like it can “breathe” again after using the renewing cleanser.

proactiv renewing cleanser review after phtoto

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review After Phtoto – Clear Skin like a movie star!

Proactiv Renewing Cleanser is often imitated but I have never seen any perfectly duplicated! (I’ve tried many) The “Dupes” will often have the same ingredients BUT they never use the same high quality Proactive uses or the same ratios. The best ingredients in Proactiv Renewing Cleanser are finely milled, prescription-grade Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%  which helps heal and prevent acne by killing the bad bacteria in the pores, and Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (Read all about skin care ingredients) which are the tiny exfoliating beads proactiv uses to remove dead skin cells and it’s also found in many body scrubs to resurface the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The next big ingredient in Proactive that makes it work wonderfully is Glyceryl Stearate. This acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. Proactiv put a tremendous amount of care in the quality and ratio of the ingredients and that’s why it works the best to clear up acne and prevent new acne from forming!

The Best way to use Proactiv Renewing Cleanser:

  1. Make sure your makeup is properly removed, use my DIY organic makeup remover. Once your makeup is removed, Proactiv can do the job it’s meant for. This Proactiv cleanser is best for removing dead skin cells, not your makeup. You won’t get the best results if you rely on the renewing cleanser as your primary makeup remover.
  2. After removing your makeup, I highly recommend you use your Clarisonic Skin Care Brush to remove excess skin cells and left over makeup remover, dirt and oil from your skin. This also will make the Proactive Renewing Cleanser perform better and faster! This professionally preps your skin for all you skin care products and should also be used before your Night Time Beauty Routine.
  3. With damp skin, apply a pea sized amount of the renewing cleanser to your forehead, each cheek, and chin. Gently use your fingertips (clean sanitized hands) in upward circular strokes pressing firmly into your skin so you can feel the cleansing beads (Magnesium Aluminum Silicate) exfoliating your dead skin cells away and resurfacing your skin. Keep gently massaging your face for 1 – 2 minutes.
  4. Rinse away the Proactiv Renewing Cleanser and use your Clarisonic Skin Care brush for a final deep down clean. The benzoyl peroxide will work to deeply destroy any bad bacteria in your pores and prevent new acne from forming!
  5. Pat your skin dry and continue with the Proactive Solution Revitalizing Toner.
proactive renewing cleanser steps

Proactive Solutions steps 1-2-3

I want to mention that it’s important to use all 3 steps. When I had “lazy days” I though I didn’t need to use the toner or repairing lotion. Wow was I wrong! Or when I ran out of one step, my acne would come back! I also once made the horrible mistake thinking that my skin wouldn’t mind if I missed using Proactiv for a couple of weeks since it was so clear and acne-free, my acne came back worse than ever! It took a good 3 weeks to get my skin back to normal!

Thank you for reading my Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review !

Do you love the Proactive Renewing Cleanser? Did you enjoy my Proactiv Renewing Cleanser Review? Please let me know in the comments below! You can always purchase Proactiv® Original 3-Step System from their trusted website <– $19.95

 Now read about using STEP 2, Proactiv Revitalizing Toner


  1. Hi Jen,
    I have only toner and cleanser. Can I use anything else instead of the lotion?

    • Hi Masi,
      I wouldn’t use anything instead of the Proactiv lotion. This skin care kit is all designed to work with each product that’s perfectly PH balanced for each skin care step. I’ve tried substituting the proactiv toner with just witch hazel when I ran out, and my skin broke out. You really need each part of the system for it to work.
      Good luck!

  2. Hello! Wonderful review! I was wondering if you could use the proactive with the retrieve cream?

    Thank you!

    • I believe proactive is compatible with most face creams and serums except it may neautralize anything with vitamin C in it, making the vitamin c not work.

  3. Hi Jen, I am a little confused. I started doing the oil method you have about having great skin. I broke out really bad and now I am going back to my acne meds. How long do you have to stay on ProActiv in order to switch to your oil cleansing method instead? Please clarify. Thank you! Im super confused.

    • Hi Jessica,
      It sounds like your skin is going through detox. It’s hard to switch from synthetic to natural skin care. If proactive works better for you keep using it. The oil cleansing method works for my sensitive skin. I also broke out at first because it took a while to adjust to the change. Proactive will strip all the natural oils from you skin causing it to over produce oil. When you make a drastic skin care change to natural oil cleansing method, you skin is so used to being stripped of natural oils and over producing that the olive oil can take a while to adjust to. You skin will eventually stop over producing oil and learn to love the oil cleansing method.

  4. Hi,I m jyoti from Jammu my skin looks v.fairer today I can explain my story I was suffering from lots of acne in my face everything I was used BT no result i m v.tensed abt my acne I can decided if acne is not stop I will suicide definitely ….then I see the proactive add in TV
    channel I says 2 my mom abt proactive. My mom told me order the proactive..I can use proactive in1 and half month my acne totally clear and 4 years permantely stopped my acne no one acne in my face its really work fast I suggest to all guys uses proactive kit this cost is v.low and gives ur future happiness ur self confidence..I m v.thankful proactive makers u r god for me ..plz don’t miss the 3 steps

    • Hi Jyoti,
      I agree, proactiv is a powerful skin care treatment. Sorry to hear about your struggle with acne. I know how you must have felt. It’s the worst being unhappy in your own skin. Hiding acne is not easy. I’m happy you have good results. Thank you for visiting.

  5. Hi,
    I have just used the renewing cleanser and I cleansed my whole face (including eyes area), so after I washed it off I felt stinginess. Is it possible to use other type of cleanser on my whole face first then I apply proactive cleanser on affected area? Because I usually wear eye makeup and it doesn’t seem clean by only using the makeup remover for eyes. Hope you will give advise!

    • Hi Lina,
      Never use the proactive cleanser around the eyes, I bet that hurt and dried out the skin. For eye makeup remover, I like to use olive oil on a cotton pad, it conditions the eye area too, just don’t get it in your eyes! 😉 The proactive cleanse is strong at first, it can take the skin a while to adjust – you also Have to wear a sunscreen if you go outside or your skin will peel. The benzoyl peroxide in proactive causes the stinging. You might want to skip it if your skin is that sensitive. Hopefully the third step is ok for you with that benzoyl peroxide too. Good luck!


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