This is my first day at acne.org. I stumbled on to this web site about 2 years ago. The site was a lot different then. After half heartedly attempting the regimen for a few weeks I wasnâ€™t seeing amazing results so forgot about it entirely. I realize the reason I wasnâ€™t seeing results was because I wasnâ€™t following the regimen exactly, or using the correct products. Two years later I am still battling a mild, sometimes slightly more severe, acne problem. I have many blackheads and white heads and occasional inflamed acne. I also have quit a bit of red hyperpigmentation from previous outbreaks that takes FOREVER to go away! Any way I have been using Clinique three step, level 3, for a little over a month now. My skin is currently mostly clear with occasional whiteheads. However during the month I have been using Clinique I have had quite a few break outs. I decided to stick with the system a bit longer because I have read about â€œpurgingâ€ that can occur when using this type of system that generally clears after the first month or so. I do believe the â€œpurgingâ€ has stopped and my skin is almost completely clear now. However my skin is very dry, tight, and flaky. Not much more attractive than the acne itself. So I have decided to stop using the clarifying toner. Since the toner contains so mush alcohol it is more than likely the main cause of the irritation and dryness I am experiencing. I am replacing it with Neutrogena rapid clear lotion, which like the Clinique toner contains 2% salicylic acid, without all the alcohol. I am going to give this a few weeks and see what happens. If after this attempt I am still experiencing break outs then I am going on the acne.org regimen again and following it exactly this time.