Dear Dan and Acne.org,
I struggled with cystic acne on my face (mainly my chin, but also my chest and back - yuck!) from my early teens until last year when I found acne.org during yet another frantic search for a "cure" after another breakout. I spent over a decade searching for a "cure", slathering on concealer, and hiding from photographers at weddings. I've been following the regimen for a year, and couldn't be more pleased with the results - I rarely have a zit nowadays, and if I do it's usually because I forget to bring my benzyl peroxide with me on a trip. I use the Acne.org benzyl peroxide (you can't find a better, more reasonably priced BP on the internet or in the store), but everything else I use is "drugstore" - Trader Joe's nourish facewash and moisturizer, and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night AHA+.
My "before" picture is from 2009 - my chin was covered with with cysts and I had some on my cheeks and near my hairline. I even had makeup on in that picture (yep, I even wore concealer to work out because I was that self-conscious). My "after" picture was taken at a family gathering last month. I'm not even wearing makeup in that picture (I rarely wear much concealer/foundation now - usually a light foundation like Almay smartshade). I still have some scarring on my face and chest, but it is fading slowly. Not having new outbreaks to contend with has accelerated the healing process.
I knew it was working when my boyfriend told me "Your makeup looks great today. Really natural." and I wasn't wearing any! Please, if you're on the fence, do yourself a favor and give the regimen a try for a few months (you will flake for the first week. Don't worry, it stops.). I wish I had found acne.org ten years ago!!!