I don't see much active stuff at all right now, mostly just the hyperpigmentation marks. My cheeks look a lot like yours in terms of the red marks that take awhile to fade. The one product I can't recommend enough (it gets rave reviews from just about everyone on this site) is aloe vera gel. It seems to do a really good job of smoothing out skin texture and fading post-acne marks. Most people swear by it straight from the plant, but I use just a regular bottle of aloe vera gel and seems to do the trick too.
p.s- I always see your posts on the forum, and I just want you to know that you're a gorgeous girl, Lilly! People who meet you for the first time are sure to notice the shape of your face and your pretty eyes first, and I'm sure they don't even notice any hyperpigmentation. That's my problem where I'll think people are examining every inch of my skin for flaws, when in reality they don't even notice or care...it's just a mental habit I have.
Yeah I'm lucky at the moment by not having much active acne. Some of it though are shallow bumps still - not completely flat yet but not really active I guess - and they don't really show up in pictures.
Actually I do remember hearing some good things about aloe now that you mention it. I might try it out. Where do you find bottles of the gel? And it's probably best to get one as natural a possible right?
Thank you for the reply and kind words too - that's nice of you to say. I think that as people with acne, we're so focused on our skin that we've convinced ourselves its the only thing other people notice because often it's all we see when we look at ourselves. We're also often our own worst critics. I'm going to try and not be so hard on myself and try not to worry so much of what others think. (Having said that though - I feel ridiculously exposed by having added photos here... :-P)
Yeah you're skin isn't bad at all. You don't have many actives which is good. Red marks as you know take time to fade. Exfoliation and whatever product you choose will work, but takes time. Stick stick to something very genre, yet effective. You're a very cute girl girl and I wouldn't be turned off by the qualitify of your skin if I met u for the first time. Good luck with whatever treatment you choose. and also, I'm extremely jealous that you live in Australia. I'll trade countries any day!
Thank you, also, for the reply and kind words Murph.
I haven't had much luck in finding an exfoliant that doesn't break me out. Do you know of any good ones?
Being gentle and having patience is good advice. As with anything skin / acne related I think patience is key!
Haha if it were possible I might take you up on that - you're in NYC right? I've always wanted to visit there. But Australia is beautiful so I'd probably be coming back :-P