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Acne board

Hello everyone,

I can hardly believe I'm saying this, but I have had acne for over 30 years :dizzy: In three decades, there is no cure?? I just received some ProActive yesterday--it's the same benzoyl peroxide that was around when I was in high school. It didn't work then and it probably won't work now. I'm 46 and while all my friends are buying anti-aging creams and heavy-duty moisturizers, there I am standing like a fool in the acne aisle.

I have had various successes over the years, but they were all short-lived... I used topical erythromycin in my 20s, until it stopped working. I had beautiful, clear skin during my pregnancies, but obviously that is not a long-term solution :D More recently, salicylic acid (Murad products) was a miracle drug until that stopped working too. I've tried oral antibiotics and they either didn't work or I had an allergic reaction. I won't go on the pill or use Accutane.

Is there anything else that can be done?? I'm sooooooo sick of this. My acne is mainly in the center of my face and it's usually big and red. I can't tell you how many times I've been walked around with big, painful, face-distorting lumps. Who knew when I was a teenager that my acne would last the rest of my life?? Am I going to be breaking out when I'm 90?

Thankls for listening to me whine. If you know of any great acne advances (other than Accutane), please share!