Proactiv is a skincare regimen used by teens and adults to treat moderate to severe acne. Proactiv is an over-the-counter product and may be obtained through infomercial sales and the Proactiv.com website. Nursing mothers may have concerns as to whether it is safe to use while breastfeeding.
Manufacturers of Proactiv state that their products are safe and that none of the ingredients are contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation. However, they still advise users who are pregnant or breastfeeding to consult their physician about the use of Proactiv during this time.
Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient in Proactiv 3-Step Solution. Dr. Thomas Hale, author of “Medication and Mothers’ Milk,” states that benzoyl peroxide is safe during lactation, as transcutaneous absorption is minimal and would be metabolized completely by the mother prior to reaching the milk ducts.
Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in the Proactiv Gentle Formula 3-Step System. Dr. Hale lists salicylic acid as a topical medication compatible with breastfeeding.