Once we started As Seen on TV,
the column that tests infomercial products, we knew we'd have to tackle the biggest one: Proactiv.
The skincare system claims millions of customers, has stunning before-and-after pictures of its clients, and features Sean Combs and Jessica Simpson in its commercials.
But does Proactiv really work? We used it for two weeks, then rated the products in three categories:Look
: My skin looks matte but flaky around the forehead. I think the Proactiv cleanser may have dried out my skin. My friend Anna, who has more oily skin, says there's no problem with it.Feel:
My face stings a bit after using the Proactiv toner every night (Anna agrees), but I love the tightening feeling of the twice-weekly mask - I don't even want to wear makeup after using it.Value: An entire Proactiv kit sells for $59.95
. That's priceless if you've got problem skin and limited health insurance for the dermatologist, but if you're normally fine with Clean & Clear, buy one special product (definitely the mask) for tougher days.