The other day while cleaning out my front hall closet, I happened upon a stack of ancient fashion and beauty mags packed with juicy sex advice, skincare tips, and the “latest” in fashion and gossip. Jen & Brad, OG Supermodels on the cover—it was pretty sweet.
I sat there intrigued, cracked one open and started flipping through. Most of the content was obsolete–I wasn’t wearing platform sandals this season (or this decade), and the skincare advice I found was likely even more outdated than the parachute pants featured on page 64, but at the moment, I thought I just may have struck gold.
Eager to pull a DIY fix, I read the advice: a step-by-step how-to on removing blackheads with one’s bare hands. (The gist of it: you “loosen” the pores with a piping hot washcloth for a couple of minutes before squeezing the blackheads out with your fingernails.) Magazine in hand, I scurried into my bathroom, pulled out my frightening magnifying mirror, and went to work.
Spoiler alert: I failed miserably at trying to get rid of blackheads using force. I did manage to seriously irritate my skin. There was a lot of redness and a new pimple or two, but the blackheads didn’t budge they just became more noticeable.
Now I was pissed. Ok, maybe I should have put modern resources (and my energy) to better use, so I emerged myself in online research (and more closet clean-out procrastination). It didn’t take me long to learn that, to get rid of blackheads, one must first understand that blackheads are a form of acne.
What comes next isn’t rocket science: to treat acne, you need an effective acne product. So I checked out reviews of just about every acne treatment on the market. From drugstore brands to prescription medications and here’s what I found to be the front-runner.
There’s a new line from Proactiv® called Proactiv+. And what makes it the absolute best thing that Proactiv® has produced to date, is something they call Smart Target® technology. I think of it in the same way I think of how medicine is able to effectively do its thing when we swallow a pill. Basically, Smart Target® technology encapsulates one of the system’s active acne-fighting ingredients—benzoyl peroxide—which helps it get into the pore where the medication is released to fight blackheads at the source. Benzoyl peroxide is a powerful ingredient that is clinically proven to fight acne-causing bacteria. Other treatments containing benzoyl peroxide can often leave the ingredient on the skin’s surface which is the reason many acne products can dry out your skin and cause more redness.
Once I started using Proactiv+, change happened quickly. After a few weeks, my pores went from looking monstrous to non-existent, and—yes!—my blackheads started to disappear. Actually disappear. And I haven’t seen such small pores since before puberty. see: sleepaway camp years. I also began to notice an awesome youthful glow I had not seen in many, many years.
For what it’s worth, it’s not just me who thinks Proactiv+ is one of the single greatest, does-what-it-says-it-will products of all time. Turns out, 85% of people who used Proactiv+ for 13 weeks said they noticed better results with Proactiv+ than with other acne prescription treatments they’ve tried.
Based on a user-perception study after 13 weeks of use. 85%. That’s huge.
If Proactiv+ doesn’t work, there’s a money back guarantee (less S&H) so you don’t have to worry. And if you’re anything like me, you will likely consider it the best money you’ve ever spent.
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Written By the Betches Sponsored by Proactiv®