Can Proactiv Solution Cause Itchy Skin?

by Kelley R. Ellert ; Updated September 28, 2017

Proactiv solution is used to combat acne, but it can lead to itchiness in some cases.

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Proactiv solution has become a popular product for combating acne, but it can result in itchy skin. The itching can go away as skin gets used to the product or you might need to take steps to reduce the itching.


Proactiv contains benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria that clog pores and cause acne. This ingredient can also dry out the skin, leaving it itchy.


Proactiv solution works with three steps: cleansing, toning and treating. The cleanser contains rough micro-scrubbers to slough away bacteria, dirt, oil and dead skin, but it can also cause irritation to sensitive skin that is not used to the harsh abrasiveness of the cleanser.


Just because Proactiv solution is causing itchy or dry skin doesn’t mean it isn’t working. After reducing usage to once a day or adding moisturizer, the Proactiv products and ingredients can remain in use without causing the itching skin.

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Kelley Ellert has been for Flack Me and various other websites since 2007. She also works for Rylin Media producing commemorative magazines on major sporting events. Ellert graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and communications.