First I want to start off saying that the Regimen has worked wonders for me. It cleared up about 97% of my acne in the 1.5 years I was on it. However, I decided that I didn't want to be on it my whole life. I also started to see my face age faster than normal. Although I moisturized very well and always used jojoba oil, I could see my face changing. That is when I decided I would try stopping the regimen. This may not work for everyone, but for those who are afraid of stopping or weaning off the regimen I hope it gives you hope.
I started to slowly decrease the amount of BP I was using about 4-5 months ago. I did this VERY slowly since I was afraid of breaking out. There were periods where I would have a few more spots than normal but if that happened I would up the amount of BP for the next few days until the spots cleared up and then I would start to decrease the amount again. You have to do what works for you. Pay attention to your face and use your own best judgement.
My monthly cycles are a big factor in when I will break out. When I was using the full amount of BP I would still get 1 spot around that time of the month but it was nothing crucial. Decreasing the amount of BP, I would get maybe 3 very small spots on my face but I kept with it. It's worth it for me to keep weaning off the regimen. I am no longer self-conscious about having 2-3 spots on my face since it used to be SO much worse.
I noticed my face was a lot softer and less dry as I started to decrease the amount of BP I was using. After about 3-4 months I was down to a pea-sized dot of BP in the morning and at night. It was then that I stopped using the BP at night and replaced it with Tea Tree Oil. I started with 5 drops of TTO in 1 pump of Dan's moisturizer with about 5 drops of jojoba oil. Guess what, no new breakouts! Every week I replace the TTO with the AHA at night and that keeps my face exfoliated and smooth. It's been about 1.5 - 2 months since I have been using a pea-size amount of BP in the morning and TTO/AHA at night. My face is still clear!
I do get a few tiny spots near my eyebrows because I use an eyeshadow to fill them in but it is not too bad. I also have oily areas near my nose that sometimes get a random spot but it usually clears up in about 1-2 days. My face has not gone back to what it was before I was on the regimen. I no longer have 20 active spots on my face and my face is so much smoother and softer.
I won't say my face is 100% clear but I do know that it is a lot better. My spots heal faster and are much smaller than before. If anyone is trying to stop or at least wean off the regimen I hope this helps you out. The TTO is a great antiseptic and it's natural!