In 1995, Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields came together from their residency as dermatologists at Stanford University to help their patients find a better acne treatment than antibiotics or skin-irritating topical medications. By combining low strength medicines with gentle skin care ingredients, the two dermatologists developed the facial cleanser called Proactiv Renewing Cleanser, toner and moisturizer as one system called Proactive Acne Solution, used together every day to gently fight acne and ensure facial skin health over the long term. Both the Original Proactiv and the New Proactiv system are now available, the second option offering a different, more easily-absorbed version of their active ingredient, benzoyl peroxide.
Most people are unaware that, besides the Proactiv cleansing system, the company offers a wide range of other products, including shower and bath products like shampoo and conditioner, in addition to a cosmetics line with Proactiv foundations, loose powders and concealers. Night creams, sunscreen and facial masks are also available, but unless you first purchase the main Proactiv cleansing system, everything else can only be found through special distributors. This is worth the search, however, as Proactiv foundations, for example, are mineral-based, containing natural botanicals and vitamins to soften and condition your skin, all working together with your skin's natural oils to blend your coloring for a perfect match.