Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne and Jenna Fischer to rep Proactiv

Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, Jenna Fischer Proactiv spokespeople

WWD reports today that Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne and Jenna Fischer are the latest faces to join Proactiv’s stable of celebrity spokespeople. I guess money talks—each is reportedly being paid in the millions of dollars in exchange for endorsing the anti-acne products in infomercials.

Does anyone really believe they actually use this stuff? Or that it even works in the first place? I’ve not tried it, but the reviews I’ve read are mixed, and it just seems like a glorified benzoyl peroxide preparation, which you can find at any drugstore.


Wednesday, January 13/2010 at 6:37 pm

I tried ProActiv and it made my skin so dry and irritated that when I went off that stuff, even the most gentle cleansers felt like it was burning my skin. It took forever to heal my skin.


Thursday, January 14/2010 at 9:50 am

I’ve struggled with bad skin for the MAJORITY of my life. I’ve tried everything, including the dreaded Accutane. Pro-active made me breakout in a huge rash on top of my acne. Not a good experience at 17. I would never buy it again.


Thursday, January 14/2010 at 11:21 pm

Yeah right Katie Perry uses this or needs to, she looks like she has amazing skin. On a side not…I can’t use anything with benzoyl peroxide, makes me an itchy red mess.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, January 15/2010 at 5:01 pm

I’m with you guys – I think most females have pretty thin skin and this stuff is just too harsh. I’ve had better luck just leaving breakouts alone, rather than trying to dry things out with benzoyl peroxide, etc. There’s something to be said for being kind to your skin…


Monday, January 18/2010 at 2:37 pm

It’s true, there’s nothing special in ProActiv.

I tried it for a while because I had really bad skin. It didn’t seem to help at all. I talked to my derm and he said it wasn’t worth it. The benzoyl peroxide levels were too small to have any real effect on moderate to severe acne and that if you had mild acne you could get away with something much cheaper from the drugstore.

It mostly works for people with the simple ‘oops I’ve got a clogged pore because I forgot to take my makeup off” type of skin, but if you have real acne you need to see a dermatologist for stronger and more suitable treatments. Acne is rarely a case of just having dirty skin.

On the other hand, I do like ProActiv’s sulpher face mask. If you use it as a spot treatment it helps a little with redness and swelling, and helps your zit clear out faster. But it’s not a miracle or anything. Just useful.


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