I'm 18 years old going onto 19 years old. I've been battling acne since I was 14 years old and maybe a little younger than that. I've tried a lot of products including store products, proactive and even this one product over the internet. Didn't work. I've gone to a dermatologist and it still didn't clear up. Finally went to the doctor's to get on birth control, been on it for almost a month now and right now it's making my acne worse or at least I think it is, the doctor said within 3 months it should clear up, so far no improvement. I see a lady at a salon and she is an Aesthetician if you don't know what that is, just google it. But she has been doing microdermabrasion which help in the beginning but then the acne starts to show again. She gave me a cleanser, lotion, and night time cream, honestly feel like that's making my face worse too. I don't go out much right now because it's god awful right now. I mean there is big and red ones, white heads, obviously blackheads but I rarely pay attention to them because you can't seem unless up close. All around my chin/mouth and on the sides of my cheeks are covered and my forehead has a few pimples here and there. I have scars which is noticeable and I also have acne on my chest and back so I try to cover up even in summer.. I hate going swimming but I love swimming at the same time, I like being in the sun and being tan but it's impossible at this point, I was going in a tanning bed but stopped because I realize it's just super bad for you and it won't help my skin in any way. There's so many things out there that I would do if I didn't have this crap. I know I should be grateful that I don't have anything else but acne feels like a disease to me especially for all the pain it causes. I mean my face is swollen right now and the pimples are very painful. It's hard to put my face on a pillow when I sleep. I've tried icing my face but the pimples just get irritated. My skin right now I'd say is super duper irritated which stresses me out. I've learned acne is hormonal and I'm stressed all the time so you think my skin would just be use to my body being stressed, nope! I have an appointment today with that lady and I hope she sees how bad it's gotten since not seeing her in 2 weeks, I'm really scared to see her to be honest because she pops my pimples and this time I don't think I'll be able to handle it, I'll probably pass out from the pain. I'd have to say I've spent lots of money trying to fix my face and I'm too the point where I just can't afford it anymore. I really don't want to go through this anymore. I need more information though I get why acne happens I've read millions of articles on it tried natural things tried everything nothing works. I literally would like to have something else and not acne. I just can't deal with it anymore because it's emotionally draining and it's sad that out of a lot of people I'm suffering with acne that has been painful and hard to deal with.