The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Proactiv Revitalizing Toner

I just repurchased my fifth (or is it sixth?) bottle, so I guess a review is in order.

Like a lot of fellow desperate acne-plagued human beings, I gave the Proactiv "Combination Therapy" set a try, never mind that benzoyl peroxide products never ever work for me. Waking up everyday with a spanking new, gloriously inflamed pimple on your cheek heavily impairs your judgment. And EQ (but of course).

I actually went through two kits - that's 60 days worth - before I threw in the peroxide-bleached towel, and all I had to show for it was even more irritated and inflamed skin, and lots of leftover toner. It stayed in the back of my drawer for a while, until one day, I got bored, maybe, and decided to give it another shot. Thank goodness I did, because five (or six) bottles later, I'm still happily repurchasing.

The Good

+ It's alcohol-free.
I find that my face tends to get oilier if I use an alcohol-based toner; maybe stripping all the moisture off the skin causes the oil glands to overcompensate.

+ It contains 6% glycolic acid with a suitable pH level for exfoliation, which is what I need my toner for. If there's one thing I picked up from Paula Begoun, Cosmetics Cop, it's that exfoliation is key. When used in conjunction with my Clarisonic Mia, the result is smoother skin and less blackheads. Not zero, but significantly less.

+ It's fragrance-free, at least as far as I can tell.

+ No-nonsense packaging. And sturdy and spill-proof, too.

The Bad

+ It doesn't really help with acne. It doesn't aggravate it, but it's not the cure (as the marketing people would have you believe).

+ A bit pricey for a toner. A bottle costs around 30 SGD, but I try to get ahold of it during sales or promotions which, if you're in Singapore, happens like every other week. With twice a day use one bottle is good for three months or so. I apply it with these really awesome cotton rounds from The Body Shop - it saves a lot of product compared to cotton balls. Seriously, they're awesome.

The Ugly

+ Justin Bieber is a Proactiv spokesperson. So, umm, yeah, that's a serious hurdle.

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