My curse of acne started when I was in middle school. In high school I went back and forth to the dermatologist and got rounds of prescriptions that either a) I was allergic to or b) I was never properly instructed on correct usage. My senior year I received a chemical peel along with microdermabrasions and blue light therapy. It worked!! My face looked AMAZING!! My first year of college I was able to maintain it with a few minor stress breakouts here and there. Nothing too unfixable (yes I made that word up).
When I was off in training for the army.. It came back. As hard as our sergeants were on us one even pulled me aside in is office and was like "Randolph, you don't have to live like this. We'll make it a priority to get you whatever you need for your skin." This was kind of nice and shaming at the same time. All I could think was "wow it must be really bad if even they want to help me." :-/
I was prescribed Retin-A Micro and it was life changing. I mean, no scaring or anything. Unfortunately once I got tapered off of it my acne slowly started coming back. When I tried to use the Retin-A Micro again it didn't work.
Since then I've tried numerous things that just flat out didn't work, or worked for a bit and stopped after a while. Of course the search will continue and I'll share what works (and what doesn't). Until next time.. Stay beautiful!!