How to Use


Here's how to treat acne blemishes using the Proactiv+ 3-Step system.
All steps are designed to be used together and consistently for best results!
Skin Smoothing Exfoliator


Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Prepare your skin for advanced acne-clearing treatment by smoothing away excess dirt, oil, and other impurities.

  • Apply a large coin-sized amount to dampened skin.
  • Gently massage in circular motion for 1-2 minutes.
  • Rinse thoroghly with warm water and pat dry.
Skin Smoothing Exfoliator


Pore Targeting SOLUTION

Stop acne at its source with this formula designed to deliver blemish-fighting medicine directly into the pore.

  • Apply a minimum of 2 pumps to clean, dry skin
  • Gently smooth over entire face—do not rinse off.
  • Allow to fully absorb before proceeding to Step 3.
Skin Smoothing Exfoliator


Complexion Perfecting Hydrator

This medicated moisturizer WON'T clog pores - but will help calm redness, brighten tone and fade the appearance of post-acne marks.

  • Apply a minimum of a large coin-sized amount to dry skin.
  • Gently smooth over entire face—do not rinse off.
  • Allow to absorb.
  • If going outside, also apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.

How to use your Proactiv+ 3-Step System

Boost the power of Proactiv+ by following these simple steps


Your First Six Weeks Using Proactiv+
A Week-by-Week Guide

Congratulations! You are about to start your clear skin journey with Proactiv+. We can’t wait for you to enjoy the beautiful complexion you deserve. As you begin your transformation, we want to give you an overview of what you can expect in the coming weeks



Clear acne with the power of Rx, without a doctor’s visit. After 30 years as a prescription-only acne-fighter, the retinoid Adapalene takes center stage in our newest innovation – ProactivMD, the complete healthy skin regimen which includes cleansing, toning, hydration and sun protection, all in one easy-to-use, benzoyl peroxide-free system.


  • Cleans and gently exfoliates the skin with tiny exfoliating beads
  • Helps unclog pores and minimizes the appearance of pores
  • Helps balance the skin’s pH
  • Provides UVA/UVB protection
  • Helps control shine
  • First FDA-approved over-the-counter topical retinoid* for acne treatment
  • Dermatologist developed and tested

How to Use

ProactivMD is designed to be used consistently for best results.
DAILY AM & PM: Deep Cleansing Face Wash
Use twice daily, morning and night. Treat your whole face avoiding eye area. Apply a generous amount to dampened skin and gently massage with fingertips for 1-2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
DAILY AM & PM: Balancing Toner
Apply to cleansed skin with a cotton ball or pad in an upward motion, morning and night as needed, allowing Balancing Toner to dry before moving on to the next step. If irritation or sensitivity develops, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
DAILY AM: Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
Apply to face and neck as needed. Can be used under makeup. Apply liberally prior to sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours. Children under 6 months: ask a doctor.
DAILY PM: Adapalene Gel 0.1%
Adults and children 12 years of age and older: Use once daily. Clean the skin gently and pat dry before applying the product. Cover the entire affected area with a thin layer. Children under 12 years of age: ask a doctor.


Deep Cleansing Face Wash
Ingredients: water, cocamidopropyl betaine, distearyl phthalic acid amide, polyethylene, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, jojoba esters, ammonium laureth sulfate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, menthol, butylene glycol, PEG-120 methyl glucose dioleate, sodium hydroxide, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, fragrance, chromium hydroxide green.
Balancing Toner
Ingredients: water, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, polysorbate 20, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, rosa canina fruit extract, anthemis nobilis flower extract, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) leaf extract, panthenol, glycerin, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium PCA, tetrasodium EDTA, benzoic acid, citric acid, benzophenone-4, imidazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, blue 1, yellow 5.
Daily Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30

Active Ingredients: avobenzone 3%, octisalate 5%, octocrylene 7%

Inactive Ingredients: water, isopropyl lauroyl sarcosinate, glycerin, dimethicone, diisopropyl sebacate, polymethyl methacrylate, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, sucrose tristearate, silica, pentylene glycol, polysorbate 61, dimethiconol, sodium stearoyl glutamate, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, tocopheryl acetate, glycyrrhetinic acid, panthenol, triethanolamine, allantoin, carbomer, potassium sorbate, zinc gluconate, xanthan gum, disodium EDTA, hydroxypalmitoyl sphinganine.

Adapalene Gel 0.1%

Active Ingredient: Adapalene 0.1% (retinoid)

Inactive Ingredients: carbomer 940, edetate disodium, methylparaben, poloxamer 182, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide.

May contain hydrochloric acid to adjust pH.


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