Anyone tried Walgreens version of proactive?

United States
May 23, 2010 1:48pm CST
A mother of DD2's classmates said Walgreens carries a version of proactive that's supposed to be inexpensive. Anyone try any generic versions?
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@Hatley (164670)
• Garden Grove, California
23 May 10
3SnuggleBunnies I am not sure what proactive is but I do use a lot of generic versions of over the counter stuff as Walgreen's prices cannot be bet.are you talking about the yogurts with active bacillus or whatever it is called, having senior moment here.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
23 May 10
I think what you're thinking of is activia which is a yogurt to help the digestive system I do believe lol Proactiv is a facial cleanser used to fight acne. It's rather on the expensive side, but it's because it's 3 different products used in a process.
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@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
23 May 10
Walmart had one, too, something with the name of a famous teen girl singer on it. It may still be made, I don't know. My son tried it a few years ago and it worked even better because it had more of the active ingredient-which I forget what it was but I was looking at labels. Go ahead and get the inexpensive stuff! Check the labels and if they are the same and the generic is the same amount or more of the main ingredient just buy that. No sense paying for a name brand when generic is the same but cheaper.
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@GardenGerty (98250)
• United States
23 May 10
I have not used that particular product, but I am very confident of the Walgreen's version of various things. I have been tempted by the system as seen on TV. I need to go to our Wal Greens, now that we have one, and see what they do have.
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@Jaluke (679)
• United States
23 May 10
I personally would be a little weary of it, though I've never tried it. Proactive is a complicated 3 formula process. Even the original product in itself is a little risky. You HAVE to use the product exactly as instructed because if you don't and you start using it and then quit, I've known a lot of people who end up then breaking out worse. So a generic version of the product would kind of worry me a little.
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@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
26 May 10
Walmart has one too called 'Acne Free' or something like that, Cetaphil also has there own system but I've never tried any of them. But If you have any of the real Proactive stuff bring the bottle with you and compare ingredients - you may be pleasantly surprised. I used to buy Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and one day out of curiosity I compared the list of ingredients to a store brand and they were EXACTLY the same. I would bet the Walgreen's stuff is a pretty close match. Also, 'systems' like Proactive are nothing more than a way to get into a routine. You can build your own system using a gentle, non-comedogenic face wash, a water based benzoyl peroxide acne gel and a light, oil free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. It's more about being consistent and using gentle products than anything. The idea of a 'system' just promotes consistency. Plus it's usually cheaper to buy them separately.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 May 10
Well, there is no one in our house that is in the age that Proactive would be a product that we will need, so the short answer is that I've not used the WalGreens version of proactive. However, when it comes to over the counter medications, I typically use only the store brands of medications because of the fact that they serve the same purpose, are usually just as effective of the name brands, and they cost far less. The worst thing that you can do is try it and find that it isnt as good and then go to the name brand.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 May 10
I've often wondered this about their brand compared to Olay. Olay works literally wonders but it is very expensive...and the Walgreens/Rite Aid brands are not. I check ingredients best I can see them (they are always so tiny and small writting it is hard to compare). Maybe one of these days I will give it a try, it is just that I have not had to much luck with store brands in this type of thing before. Olay works so good, I hate to deviate after finding it after all these years.