Ok. Well. I used Dans regimene for about a year and a half but it didnt get me all the way clear. By some miracle I was about 95 percent clear for my wedding in September (I hired a great makeup artist, too). But I was still embarassed to go swimming. And thats what really made me want to try something else. I should be able to have fun at my wedding!!! It was great but I feel like I held back a bit too much.
After the wedding I switched to using just Neutrogena's "Clear Pore Mask/Cleanser" with BP. I wanted to cut out a step from the system and avoid bleaching towels, etc. It helped a little. About the same as Dans system though. It gets clear all the way and then bam! Cyst! So I kept kinda going back and forth with that and Dans system. I tried to go "all natural" and use Dr Bronners and jojoba oil only. Did nothing. Skin still broke out. Then I got the brilliant idea to try Mario Badescu products from an old recommendation from someone. Wayyyy too harsh (most of their products had alcohol and glycolic acid)! What a waste of time! Plus the products were expensive. Their spot treatment did zap zits but it just turned it into a horrible red scab. It ended up making my skin worse and I returned to Nordstrom for a full refund (gotta love their return policy).
After that I went back to Dans because I still had some. I switched to the olay sensitive skin wash with minimal ingredients and their sensitive skin lotion. Skin was always like 80 percent clear. Like I said, it clears up then breakouts then as soon as the breakouts clear up another big cyst pops up.
I was kind of just starting to accept the fact I was going to always have to deal with having less than perfect skin. I kept checking back on acne.org to see if any magic cure was discovered, or just simply to read his blog and the message boards. I noticed this product called "Carley's Clear and Smooth" under the treatment reviews. Seeing that it had about 4.5 stars by nearly 500 users made me click on it.
I wasnt quite sure what it was at first, but read the reviews anyway. After spending 2 whole days reading the reviews and reading their website 3 times over I decided to order their product (which is soap and a treatment wash). I was a little skeptical about ordering because of previous and recent failure. I still am wary. But over the past week I have documented my experience with this product. I am not going to jinx myself with a success story yet so I will just continue to track my progress!