I never had acne until I was in my late 20s and early 30s. I couldn't believe how bad my skin was getting so I was willing to try anything. Enter actually calling an infomercial about proactive and ordering the product. I was excited to see that they weren't kidding. I saw my skin clearing up in less then a week. Even my huge problem areas were clearing up and my skin was smoother then it had been in years! I was so excited I was telling everyone about how awesome Proactiv was. Then my skin started to really dry out. To the point of almost being flaky even when I used their green tea lotion. I learned that this does really work well, but it works best when used in moderation. Now I use my regular facewash for the most part and reserve proactiv for the once a month or so that I get acne flare ups or when I feel I need a really deep clean. Side Effects At first I thought this was the greatest product ever. My skin felt cleaner, it almost glowed and my acne was going away. But then I realized it was really stripping my skin. If you use all the steps and are washing your face more then once a day, your skin will likely become too dry for continuous use of these products, even with the lotions. Immediacy I saw improved skin within a week of using this product.