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  1. If it makes you feel any better (which I'm sure it won't), my face looks pretty much the same. It is difficult not to get down about this emotionally. I guess the only thing I can say, is hold on because I'm sure better times (and a clearer complexion) is down the road. Get advice from a doctor. Try out different treatments. It may take awhile to find the thing that works for you, but in my experience there is always something that works. I am in my 40's and have dealt with adult acne all my lif
  2. I am in my 40's and have dealt with adult acne for more than 20 years. As a teen, surprisingly my face was pretty clear. My first discovery that helped keep me clear for about 10 years was BP. However about 5 years ago, BP just stopped working for me. Actually, it was making things worse. I started to only put BP on certain areas, and those were the areas that I would get cysts. I tried all kinds of different formulations of BP, but eventually just had to give it up. Then I found the Paula's cho
  3. Go see a dermatologist or family doctor and get professional advice. I don't know how many times I tried on my own to fix my skin, believing that cleanses, or products, or just leaving it alone, will magically heal it. Hey, you don't have to use anything they suggest if you don't want to. But if you are already at the point where you are not living your life by hiding away that believe me, force yourself to get help. You may be just waiting for that hyperpigmentation to fade, or the next cyst to
  4. I think you have to immerse yourself in other things. As much as I want to just stay home and hide when my skin looks bad, I always feel better when I'm out doing things. I do slather my face with a ton of makeup, which I hate to do, but it's the only way to get out and not feel to self-conscious. Sometimes just a ton of make up on my face makes me think about it less. I don't think it's good for my skin, but psychologically it's better for me. So if I'm really down, I just use lots of make up.
  5. I would bring her to a dermatologist. Let an expert give her advice. She will be more likely to listen. She is probably feeling hopeless and thinks nothing will ever help her. I would also make an appointment for her to see a psychologist or expert for dealing with her depression. Let the experts help you and her.
  6. Great idea. I usually feel good about myself until I look in the dreaded mirror. I have to force myself to not look in the mirror. Unless I have painful cysts I can feel, I don't think about my acne until I look in the mirror and it definitely leads to picking and making matters worse.
  7. That makes no sense - it cost me $40 bucks at Costco. I don't have insurance - so that was just the price.
  8. I would use the retin - a micro gel, which is the least irritating if you are going to try it. I think an initial outbreak is pretty universal, so be prepared for that. If you have moderate to severe acne, I would recommend getting on antibiotics first, otherwise tretinoin will just make your break out unbearable. Ultimately, retin-a is an irritant, that peels away the top layers of skin. It will irritate any existing acne and bring it to the surface. I think this is way most people with moderat