I never had acne as a teenager but in my mid-twenties, I started breaking out like crazy. It really affected my self esteem and I was embarrassed to go out without heavy foundation. This stuff has been incredible! It is not an instant magical cure all, but after using it for about a week, my face look remarkably better. I've read that if salicylic acid-based products are not working for you, you should try benzoyl peroxide-based products, and that was true for me. I wouldn't normally consider spending so much on a face product, but it is well worth it!