Let me preface this by saying that my skin and hair are extremely oily—like, I have to apply baby powder sometimes to absorb the oil, and people called me “Greasy Bitch” in high school, oily. That being said, Proactiv has worked fantastically for me. I would say it works as well or better than the prescription stuff. It dries my skin out, but that’s really what my skin needs. It is also much less harsh if you use it once a day (as opposed to the recommended twice daily usage). I would definitely recommend this stuff, but only to people with insanely oily skin. If you have dry or combination skin, this will probably not be helpful, and might actually exacerbate your skin issues.