Murad made my sister's face worse, imo. I think she stopped using it. The weird thing is that she was also on birth control before (dunno if she still is on it), and her pimples didn't clear up either. I don't think my sister will ever be able to get rid of her pimples. Of course she doesn't have bad acne or anything.
I did try proactiv before, but it made my skin worse. My face felt dry sometimes, and oily other times when I used it. But I started using Mary Kay products (blemish control toner, velocity facewash, etc) and it really helped clear up my pimples. I only had a few, but the products I used before Mary Kay would not make my pimples clear up any faster, and sometimes they would get worse. In the end, I gave up using other crap and opted for Mary Kay. Now I just use the MaryKay blemish control toner, along with Shiseido The Skincare facial cleanser. I also occasionally use Shiseido Pore Purifying Scrub to exfoliate.
My boyfriend used to have really bad acne, to the point where I had to photoshop the skin on his face. lol I touched up a bunch of the pimples and scars he had on his face. Proactiv did not work so well for him. At one point his sister did a bunch of microdermabrasion stuff on his face, which worked well at first, but his acne came back and it was pretty bad again.
Honestly, if you have REALLY BAD ACNE and you are a girl, consider using birth control pills. One of my friends had really bumpy skin and was prone to whiteheads in high school, so her mother got her a prescription for birth control and it really changed her life. Her face looks so clear and smooth now. Just find the right one for you. You might get side-effects from BC, but over time they're supposed to disappear.
If you are a guy (or girl) and have really bad acne and have tried everything, consider talking to a dermatologist to prescribe you Accutane. Accutane is not for everyone, since it had some pretty dangerous side effects, especially if you might be allergic to whatever is in it. Accutane is somewhat pricey, but the results are lasting - it can potentially clear up your acne for good, granted you might still get pimples if you do not wash your face properly. HOWEVER, my boyfriend is currently on Accutane and is almost done with his prescription. His face is clearer than mine - no pimples, no red, rashy skin, and his past acne scars are fading away. It's really changed his life as well. EDIT
- you should add "Neither" as an option in the poll.