The Acne.org Regimen usually works quite well for most cases of acne without the need to add in other stuff. Here are Dan's thoughts regarding adding salicylic acid. http://www.acne.org/...l#salicylicacid
If you have dark skin go with the darkest shade. For more coverage stipple it with a makeup sponge. For sheer coverage use your finger tips. There is also a Smart Shade concealer that you can dot on red marks that may need more coverage to hide.
Personally, I love Smart Shade and it's just about the only makeup I've found that works well with topicals and doesn't cake up.
Anytime someone is not having the expected results, we must look at the products you are using and the process. Please take the quiz and read through the biggest mistakes. http://www.acne.org/...html#notworking
Bottom line, the Acne.org Regimen works best when you follow it very strictly, using only products we know will work. If you are using other things this may be part of the problem.
The thing you need to keep in mind is that for AHA's to be effective there needs to be certain pH level. We know our moisturizer is compatible, however we can't be sure that every other moisturizer is going to be at a pH to allow the AHA to still work.
The first few months can feel like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs. It isn't unusual to still see some breakouts but if you are using the products as directed, as time goes on the breakouts should become smaller and heal quicker than before. Usually by the third month most cases of acne are under control.