Best Products for Acne Management - Proactiv New Zealand

Best Products for Acne Management

Finding the best acne treatment is about discovering the best products for acne and acne cream designed to help you not only control your blemishes and breakouts, but also help you discover a clean and fresh skin complexion.

Pimples and mild acne breakouts can be effectively managed with a strong daily cleansing regime that contains the right products for fighting blocked and angry pores and helping prevent them from becoming pimples in the first place.

Off-the-shelf Acne Treatments

For mild acne and breakouts, there are many off-the-shelf products which don’t require a medical prescription for use and can be highly effective in preventing breakouts.


Benzoyl Peroxide is the active cleansing ingredient in Proactiv and other acne creams and cleansers. It can be effective in managing blemishes and stopping them from developing in breakouts. Found in 2.5% and 5% concentrations, it’s important to read any product’s ingredient and concentration list to ensure you’re selecting the right product for your skin.


Other products for acne treatment can include Salicylic Acid which is usually found in spot treatments to help shed dead skin cells and manage the oil in your skin.

Benzoyl Peroxide: Clears and helps prevent pimples (contained in Proactiv+ Step 1 Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Proactiv+ Step 2 Pore Targeting Solution with Smart Target™ Technology and Proactiv+ Clear Blemish Relief). 

Salicylic Acid: Unclogs your pores and encourages skin renewal (contained in Proactiv+ Step 3 Complexion Hydrator, Proactiv+ Mark Fading Pads and Proactiv+ Cleansing Body Bar).

Side effects

Both active ingredients can result in side-effects which may affect your skin tone and complexion. The most common side-effect experienced by users of both products is usually dryness but often this is mild and can be managed with an oil-free, light moisturiser.

It’s also important to note that Benzoyl Peroxide, as a bleaching agent, can sometimes discolour towels and fabrics so you should always wash your hands thoroughly after applying.

Pay careful attention to how your skin reacts with any new product by exposing only a small area first. This will help you manage irritations and potential blemishes resulting from products you have never used before.

Dryness: The most common side effect, dryness, is usually mild. If the skin is visibly scaly, apply a light oil-free moisturiser. NOTE: If you experience dryness, irritation or dermatitis, you may want to give your skin some time to recover by trying a lower concentration or reduce the frequency of use.

Irritation: Mild irritation may be reduced by less frequent use. Keep from eyes, lips, mouth and sensitive areas of the neck. If excessive swelling, irritation, redness or peeling occurs, discontinue use. If these persist, consult a physician. Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight and other sources of ultra violet light.

Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis (red, dry, itchy skin) can be caused by irritation or allergy. If you experience contact dermatitis, discontinue use immediately and treat it with a mild topical steroid, such as hydrocortisone cream (available in most pharmacies), or consult a healthcare professional.

 Bleaching of clothing: Benzoyl Peroxide products may bleach or discolour towels and fabrics. Wash hands after use and allow skin to dry completely before coming into contact with clothing.