So I've never had the greatest skin. When I was fourteen or so, I took an antibiotic for my skin, used prescription topicals and my acne eventually cleared up. For the next few years it fluctuated a little, but for the most part it was reduced to the occasional bad breakout, but mostly just a spot here and there. Anyway, finally when my acne seemed to clear up for a while, it got really bad. Worse than it's ever been. This started around August, and it took me by surprise since I haven't had too many problems with my skin and I'm now 18 and thought I was over the acne phase. I've been using proactiv for a few months and just started my third month of apri (generic desogen), which has seemed to finally start clearing up my skin. The problem is, though it's not as bad as it was, I still have a lot of acne and I feel really self conscious about it.
So my question is, does anyone have suggestions for products to reduce my acne and scarring? Even though my skin is starting to clear up, it's pretty damaged from the really bad phase and I'm still not clear from breakouts. Unfortunately, a dermatologist isn't really an option right now, so drug store products or other fairly inexpensive stuff would be helpful. I'm looking for something that isn't just for the occasional break out, but rather for moderate-severe acne. Also if anyone has had experience with apri or another hbc that really helped their skin, I'd really love to hear about it. I've been using benzoyl peroxide 10% along with proactiv for a few months now, and I'm still breaking out consistently. I tried going on Yaz a few years ago, but had a really rough time with the side effects and it didn't really seem to help my skin at all. Any advice would be really appreciated. Sorry for the long post, I'm just getting really tired of feeling bad about my skin and the lack of improvement.