It's been 4 months, 7 days since I started the regimen. I haven't broken out at all for about 1 month (so I haven't had any pimples tempting me to pick). My face is so clear now, I've stopped wearing makeup as of a week & a half ago. I've used up 4 tubes of hydroquinone 4% and that has gotten rid of most of my acne & non-acne related PIH. I look OK, in terms of complexion, but I'm still noticeably red & shiny by midday (I still also have big pores on my nose and cheek area around my nose, but they seem to be getting smaller). So if Almay 0.5% BHA makeup produced a shade that matched my skin tone, I would still use it. It's truly great makeup -aside from Chanel which costs a fortune- the best I've ever tried. It helped prevent breakouts, healed them, concealed them and balanced out my skin. Looked great all day, did not cake or collect in my smile lines, I never looked shiny (not even on my nose!). So why did I stop using it? My skin cleared and calmed down so much (thanks to Dan's regimen), that you could tell the difference between skin tone and makeup under my eyes (I don't wear makeup around my eyes at all...my skin is perfect around my eyes, I wear contacts and I don't need shadows or mascara because I have big almond eyes with long, curly black lashes...I gotta have something good, don't I? . My husband told me I look yellow under my eyes! I realized this is because the Almay makeup has a red undertone, and I have an olive undertone (I'm of spanish background). None of their colors seem to have an olive undertone, so nothing matches! I'm reluctant to try anything else, because I feel I've tried almost everything else and I don't want to break out. Plus, no makeup saves me 15 min. in the morning. Plus I just don't like the concept of makeup in general (men don't wear it...why do we have to?????)
So I need to find something that will control the shine & redness without breaking me out. I'm going to try Aveeno's 30 spf daily sunblock because it has good reviews on acne.org (not shiny, not white-looking, doesn't break you out, even helps with acne...we'll see). At least until Dan comes up with a sunblock.
I've also switched from Dan's cleanser to Clean & Clear's sensitive skin cleanser. I've been on it for 1 month...so far perfect (cheaper & easier to buy then Dan's).
And I stopped the hydroquinone and the Almay BHA makeup 2 days ago because both ingredients are not recommended for pregnant women, and I had my first IUI yesterday (intrauterine insemination). I'll know in 2 weeks how it goes...keep your fingers crossed for me!
So my regimen is very simple now: Dan's BP in the morning, Dan's AHA at night. we'll see how it goes.
Best of luck to everyone!