I just had to make a comment (first post!) on this thread as I have tried this. Quick background: Severe acne as teenager, eventually resolved with Accutane, was "dormant" for ~5 years, came back mild/moderate but was OK on BCP, eventually decided to go off BCP and acne is back as severe as when I was a teenager. I have tried Spironolactone (worked when I was on BCP, but let's just say there were some baaaaaad side effects off of BCP), "oil cleansing method," ProActiv, AcneFree, various "natural" concoctions of my own, sulfur soaps and creams, using exfoliating cleansers, not using exfoliating cleansers, some cleansers and creams from Whole Foods that gave me nothing but an empty wallet, and other random product combinations...you name it, I've probably tried it! I do understand you must give things time, but none of these did anything but help off and on, with no real improvement or change at all. Right before trying this Oil of Olay Regenerist stuff, I was religiously using Tretinoin gel 0.01% combined with 2.5% BP in the AM which worked off and on. I gave it a solid 3 months before I couldn't take it anymore (went past the purge stage and all). The most recent, hellish breakout was REALLY starting to affect my self esteem. Like....big time. I ride horses competitively, and in this summer heat with sweat and dirt everywhere (where your makeup will melt off in about 10 seconds), I was at my wits end.
So in a fit of rage and close to tears one evening, I started scouring the interwebz again. I don't even remember what I searched for, but somehow I stumbled upon this thread. I thought, what the hell? My face was irritated beyond belief, so it seemed like a good idea. I was a little weary given that there was a "new and improved" product now, but oh well.
BASICALLY this has cleared up my face 90% in 2 days!! I saw a visible difference and almost complete reduction of my cystic acne overnight. I am not even kidding. I always read that was impossible, but now I know it is. I am only on day 3 here (and we all know how things can change), but I have never ever had my skin respond this well to any topical medication. This is what I do:
UPDATED below 9/15/14. Still clearing up! Hyperpigmentation is even slowly fading. Got one cyst, but it went away within 1-2days. Simplified what I was doing:
-Olay Regenerist "regenerating cream cleanser" or St. Ives Blemish Control Green tea cleanser (2% SA)--rotate
-Dan's 2.5% BP (had some sitting around, found it was much less irritating than the ProActiv I was using)
-small amount of Olay Regenerist night cream
-small amount Olay regenerist moisturizer with spf 15 (a little goes a long way!)
-makeup (I will only use bareminerals loose powder)
-Olay Regenerist "regenerating cream cleanser" or St. Ives Green Tea Scrub (1% SA)--only do the scrub every other day
-Dan's 2.5% BP
-Olay Regenerist "night recovery cream"
Yes, I spent a lot of $$ on Olay stuff, but FWIW, I did have a Target gift card...lol. I did take a before photo, and have been taking photos every morning. I will report back with a before/after after 2 weeks (if I forget, forgive me...I will at some point!).
In light of a different thread on this forum, this is probably a good regimen for those who like the combo of salicylic acid/BP, but who have sensitive skin. It also has niacinimide and green tea extracts.
Edited by JLPR1985, 15 September 2014 - 10:14 AM.