I've been battling acne since I was 13, it was a lot worse (though not cystic) than a lot of my peers. My parents spent thousands on medication, the dermatologist, etc. I was on Retin-A for 6 months which burned and didn't really do much. From 13-16 my acne was pretty bad, then it cleared up with minimal acne. I quit that and switched to Clean & Clear BP 10%, which seemed to help.
I'm 26 now and for the past few years my skin was under control (I was using BP 10% at night), to the point that I never wore make-up. In July of this year my skin blew up out of no where! My friends looked at me differently and being that they're so nice they didn't say anything but could tell something was very different. It had got so bad I couldn't bring myself to socialize, my life did a complete turn around. I couldn't even go to work at times, I was so embarrased! I was doing everything I could from eating completely different to buying vitamins and changing up my routine.
One night I came across your site and with little hope left I followed through. Dan, you and this site you created are AMAZING! I am now clear!
My skin reacted just like you said in the "what to expect" column. First week it improved, second week I had a pretty big break out from my skin purging, and from the 3rd week on it just got better. I'm now on my fourth week and my skin is smooth and all that I am dealing with is blemishes. The blemishes are also fading quickly since they're just surface blemishes.
Thank you so much!