Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector Review: Not The Best Attempt To Enter Another Market

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Proactiv Dark Spot CorrectorTwo weeks ago we spent some time reviewing a few of the more popular skin lightening treatments on the market, including Xtreme Brite and Obagi Nu-Derm.

We also came to the conclusion that the majority of lighteners these days still use the harmful bleaching agent hydroquinone.

This was the main reason why we chose Meladerm as our favored skin lightener, due to the fact that it offers the same results as any other product, without using harmful bleachers like hydroquinone in their remedy.

Today we’re going to be discussing the effects of another popular treatment owned by the world’s best known acne brand.

We’re reviewing the Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector and for those thinking about trying it, this review is going to be extra helpful for you!

What’s This Treatment All About?

Proactiv were one of the first brands to come out with an all round at home treatment kit for acne and as a result, built themselves into one of the largest skin care brands on the face of the planet.

As a result, it’s no surprise that they would eventually start dabbling into other markets and the Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector is their attempt at cracking the skin lightening market.

It’s branded as being a treatment option for dark spots left behind from acne scars, however the concept is basically the same as most skin lighteners in that, yes you guessed it, it uses hydroquinone as the primary ingredient.

As we’ve mentioned on many occasions, this ingredient is currently on the FDA’s radar as being a potential cancer causing agent or a carcinogen as it’s known in the medical world. This study (downloadable PDF) concluded there is a possible link between hydroquinone and leukaemia…scary stuff.

Proactiv uses hydroquinoneAnother point worth mentioning is that the company only offers the chance to buy this product for those who have purchased their 3-Step Acne System. Just so you know, you can still pick it up from Amazon here if you don’t want to pay for the whole kit first and you’re absolutely desperate to give it a go.

Proactiv doesn’t reveal much information on the rest of the ingredients they use in their Dark Spot Corrector, but if we had to guess it would be similar to that used by most of the cheaper products – perhaps including some of the essential vitamins like Vitamins A, C and E.

Why It’s HOT!

Ummm, not a lot to really say in terms of major benefits in using Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector on problems like melasma, liver spots etc, other then the fact that yes hydroquinone has been shown to offer a fairly decent fading effect.

In the end though, there are MANY more negatives then positives with this treatment.

Why It’s NOT!

Where to begin? We suppose hydroquinone is a good start. This ingredient is still used in many products, including some of the better lighteners like Obagi Nu-Derm for example.

The difference with Proactiv’s product however is that it literally relies solely on hydroquinone as the primary lightening source and nothing else.

Secondly it’s expensive for a poor quality, low grade lightening lotion at $22 direct from Proactiv’s site or $26.95 on Amazon. For a cheap, not-so-well designed lightening product, it’s not so cheap!

Thirdly, it’s not very powerful. Even though it uses the most powerful skin bleaching agent known to man, it only has 2% hydroquinone, which is enough to keep it from being considered overly dangerous, but not enough to make it effective on hyperpigmentation.

In the end, what’s the point in using this chemical if there’s not even enough of it to have any positive effect on dark spots?!?!

Finally it has horrible reviews from the people that matter…their customers! You can confirm this by looking at the reviews on Amazon when you get a chance. We’re afraid there’s not very many happy customers.

Skin Score!

If you do have extremely mild hyperpigmentation, which was formed after some acne scarring, Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector, might be helpful for you. In the end however, there are a gagillion better options available to you and which are also much safer as well.

We really gotta say this…Proactiv, please stick to what you know best…Acne treatment! And even that’s pushing it.

In fact, Proactiv didn’t even make our list of the top 3 skin lighteners. Awkward.

Overall Score: 75%

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4 comments… add one

  • Hi everyone
    So today is my second day using the proactive dark spot
    Corrector I haven’t seen any results yet so I can’t really say
    Much about this product yet. All I know is that as soon as I
    First applied it I felt sort of a weird sensation on my skin. I
    will continue using for about another couple of weeks and I
    will let everyone if there has been any improvement at all or

  • Thanks for keeping us in the loop Rosy! I’m interested to see how it works out for you :-)

  • Years ago, a physician prescribed hydroquinone 2% for my melasma. It certainly worked to lighten up my skin condition & I was truly pleased. HOWEVER, after reading thoroughly about hydroquinone — its effect/side effects and finding that the bad side effects outweighed the good, I discontinued its use. Melasma came back….with a vengeance! Darker & more pronounced. Please be careful. To this day, I still could not find a natural treatment that works for this skin condition. For a time, I used kojic acid but after many years of use, lightening was very minimal. I was ready to use the Proactiv product but thanks to this site, I found out that its main ingredient is ….hydroquinone. No thank you.

  • I used it it seemed to be wornikg at first but I had to stop using it after a week because it dried my skin out so bad and started making me breakout.. Honestly I get better results just washing my face with water.


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