It's taken me a while to write because I couldn't really believe that my skin, after over ten years of frustration and insecurity about my face, had finally cleared up. My acne was/is the deep, painful cystic kind -- the kind that can make you feel like you are nothing but a face covered in sore spots. I was skeptical that tons of BP would do the trick, since I believed my acne was diet/hormone related. Whatever the cause, though, your suggestions have helped me clear up, and about 6 months later, I'm completely acne free, except for a stray one here or there (but even those are not quite as grisly as they might have been otherwise).
I'm thrilled and relieved, to say the least. I can't believe I've found the answer to what feels like a lifelong battle. I really appreciate your recommendations and website.
Here's my regimen, for anyone interested:
Cetaphil cleanser (the unscented kind) -- I later switched to your cleanser and found it worked just fine too.
Cetaphil moisturizer (unscented)
A few drops of Jojoba oil mixed in with the moisturizer, on my drier days, and especially in the evenings
Your Benzoyl Peroxide -- lots, as recommended. I've scaled the quantity (but never the frequency) back some since my skin's cleared up and that seems to be enough to maintain my clear skin.
I also avoid all products containing fragrance, and switched my makeup to Bare Minerals, which I think helped too. I apply the moisturizer before the BP, but otherwise I pretty much keep to the regimen you've outlined.
I'll also note that I drink tons of water, and eat a vegetarian diet with as much raw fruits and veggies as I can.
Thanks so much, Dan!