I wanted to post a thread and let everybody know what is working for me. I was skeptical about going the traditional route for dealing with my acne. I am 34 years old and started developing acne approximately one year ago. Two things that changed in my life at that time was using MAC makeup and getting engaged, which meant planning a wedding. I started to become anxious about my acne because I wanted to have a "perfect" face for my wedding. So I did what everybody else does, I tried every product on the market to "cure" my acne. Surprise, it didn't work. Only made the problem worse. After too long, I started to develop cystic acne around my jawline.
After I got married, I became more depressed about my acne. It effected all aspects of my life (job, marriage, friends, family, etc.) I took a little time off of work to cope with the depression, went on antidepressant medication and still looked for a "quick cure" to my acne. I simply could not accept that I had acne.
That was my problem. I was so stressed out about having acne, it just made my life hell and my acne worse. I finally went to a dermatologist who prescribed the traditional route for my acne. I wash with Cetaphil in the AM and PM, use Duac in the AM and Retin-A every other day in the PM. That's it. Oh, I also take OTC as a birth control. During the day, I cover my red marks and pimples with Almay Clear Complexion makeup.
Why write this message. Because I surrender. I have missed out on so much of life because I worried so much about how I looked. Ironically, my acne has improved (besides the medication) since I gave in and accepted that I have acne. Don't get me wrong, I probably still look in the mirror too much. But I feel better and I suppose that is what matters. My husband, family and friends accept me with all my pimples and red marks, I guess I should too. I hope this message helps someone. My philosophy eat dessert first and enjoy life!!!!! You only get one.