Last winter was tough. I made a huge move to a really cold place last year (compared to the sunny, humid South). My skin was not putting up with it. Flakes for days. My skin broke out constantly. They were huge and ugly too. And my skin looked like shit. I was popping every pimple with a needle. Destroying my skin. That's when I decided that enough was enough. My skin could have pimples but it needed to feel healthy and not broken the way dry skin does. I don't remember the changes I made at the time (I tried some really crazy heavy moisturizers, a humidifier, covering my face with a scarf every time I stepped outside, all things I am adopting again since fall is here), but I do know that switching to CeraVe moisturizing cleanser (from my olay foaming) and moisturizing meticulously and even stopping acne treatments was part of it. I started using AHA this summer which is a godsend because it's not as drying as a lot of other treatments. I continue to use tazorac faithfully. Started using my clarisonic again too. And I started using cerave cream on my cheeks. I need it to keep the dryness at bay. I go a full month or more at a time without any serious pimples now. And when they come, I deal with it like I dealt with yesterday's pimple. I ice it. I use tazorac like normal. And I skip my AHA in the morning and moisturize like crazy with CeraVe cream. And I take ibuprofen every few hours. That seems to do the trick. The pimple is gone today. It's such a relief to have good skin. That looks decent. It's one less thing to worry about in this crazy life of mine. One less thing to be depressed about (struggling with some pretty severe depression).