How old do you have to be to use the acne treatment PROACTIV?
Hey Dave, can you tell me how old do you have to be to use the acne treatment PROACTIV? I've heard great things about it, but I fear that at 14 I'm too young and would rather have real facts than try to argue with my dad about it, yknow?
I haven't heard of PROACTIV, but a little bit of investigative work with our pal Google will certainly reveal any of the limitations or restrictions of this prescription drug.
First off, I simply used Google to search for "manufacturer PROACTIV" and instantly found that the manufacturer conveniently has an AdWords paid advert in the search results:
I won't click on this ad, however, because I can just as easily type in the short URL and save the company a few cents in ad costs: PROACTIV.com.
First thing I see on the PROACTIV site is that famous celebrities like Vanessa Williams, Jessica Simpson and Elle Macpherson all use this skin care system. Impressive! I kinda wonder how much these celebrities are charging the company to use their likenesses and names, but since PROACTIV is produced by Guthy-Renker, I get the feeling that this is more about marketing than pharmaceuticals.
Buried in the Customer Care: Product Questions area is the following question and answer:
But let's not stop here.
The active ingredient in Proactiv Solution is benzoyl peroxide, so let's pop over to the US Food & Drug Administration site and see what the FDA has to say about benzoyl peroxide, shall we?
Ah, interesting. On a page entitled On the Teen Scene: Using Over-The-Counter Medications Wisely, the FDA says:
I can't find anywhere on the Proactiv Solution site that indicates what dosage of benzoyl peroxide is in their product, but it seems reasonable to assume it's at ten percent, doesn't it? Further, note the implication here: Clearasil and Oxy-10 have the same active ingredient at the same strength as Proactive. And I bet it's a lot cheaper).
Anyway, from my research it's clear that Proactiv Solutions is a very popular approach to dealing with acne, and it's also apparently safe for 14 year olds, but I'd encourage you to try less expensive over the counter solutions coupled with a good cleanser before you pay for the fancy 60-day supply.
Whatever path you travel, good luck to you!
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