Hello acne.org world, I'm Ariana! A college freshman who thought her abusive relationship with acne was over, but apparently, like any annoying ex, it has come back to make my life miserable. My acne story is pretty typical, I had no acne until I hit twelve or thirteen, and then hormones kicked in with a vengeance and I realized I had to start actually thinking about my skin and caring for it, simply showering and splashing my face with water in the morning wasn't going to cut it. I briefly used the acnefree regimen, but that didn't work very well, so, at the advice of a mary kay consultant from my church, I started using the Velocity cleanser and moisturizer. That worked somewhat, but not totally, so at around thirteen or fourteen, my Dad took me to my very first appointment with a dermatologist. He prescribed me minocycline, and gave me a benzoyl peroxide cream, which worked very well for me. I had perfect skin until I hit fifteen and started running and getting in shape--it took me forever to realize that sweat is one of my biggest breakout triggers--and around the time when I turned sixteen I made the horrifyingly detrimental mistake of changing my regimen, thinking if I tried something different I could cure my mild acne. WRONG. That began a downward spiral of acne, where I tried using so many products I won't even list them here. At the height of my acne I had pretty severe nodular acne and moderate cystic acne. I was depressed, and researching acne and how to cure it literally became an unhealthy obsession. I suffered severe acne from May 2010 until March 2011, when I finally had a breakthrough with my skin. I looked back at my acne history and realized all my problems had started when I changed my original regimen, so as soon as I could, I switched back to it. Velocity facewash, clean n clear persagel, Neutrogena alcohol free toner, velocity moisturizer, and epiduo at night, while taking minocycline. I started this regimen in January, and velocity and epiduo both take a bit to start working, so it didn't start improving until early March, but my acne didn't truly start disappearing until I discovered two huge things: 1) I was senstitive to dairy and it gives me acne 2) hydrogen peroxide is lovely. I replaced my old toner with hydrogen peroxide and started seeing drastic results. That summer I had the clearest skin I've had since I was fifteen. I started getting a little bit more acne in the winter as the stress of school caught up to me, and I'm pretty sure I was lax in using the epiduo, but I don't remember. But still, a few breakouts weren't terrible, overall my skin was pretty clear, and I was satisfied. Then I made the decision to go out of town and do a YWAM DTS (http://www.ywamdts.org/ for more info) and while God completely changed my heart on that trip, unfortunately it ravaged my face. It was a combination of stress, not having much control over my diet (aka: consuming more milk and sugar than I would have liked) and being completely stupid and switching up my regimen. AGAIN. You'd think I wouldn't be dumb enough to try that again, but yes, I did, I am ashamed to say. When I came home, I had pretty severe nodular and cystic acne, and although I had been through a lot and was learning to not be ashamed and to realize that my looks do not define me, I began the journey all over again to clear skin. I went to my dermatologist, he gave me cetaphil oil free facewash and septra, a new antibiotic, because apparently minocycline had stopped working. I used that for a month, and after not seeing a satisfactory improvement, last week I decided, I am sure as heck going back to velocity, hydrogen peroxide, epiduo, all that jazz, and staying on the septra. Well two weeks in, I think there has been improvement, plus I figured out that my coverup was breaking my out, so I switched back to my old one. Hopefully I'll be clear soon!! That is the entirety of my story, hopefully it's not too long for you guys! I'll include a picture so you can sort of get an idea of what my acne looks like. Now I barely wear any makeup, so some of the red mark are scarring, but I'm trying to work on clearing the acne first before I work on the scarring. Bye guys!