I have had skin problems since the second half of my 5th grade year. Having to hear that it happens to all children who are going through puberty was rough due to the fact that very few of my peers had acne.
It was really bad for a long time. I have used many different treatments in order to get it under control. These include oral antibiotics, Retin-A (multiple times), salicylic acid, benzyl peroxide, Clindamycin, Differin, alpha hydroxy acids and spironolactone. The treatments helped only a little. Starting at about the age of 28, the amount of acne I got started lessening considerably. Currently, I only get a few pimples around the time my period starts. Not sure why this has occurred by I am certainly not going to complain.
Now that my acne is under better control, I am left with the aftermath called hyperpigmentation. This is when a blemish leaves a dark mark behind after it has healed. It is very common in darker skinned individuals and it is hard to treat (at least for me it is). I have scoured forums and articles about getting rid of these marks which has led me to try all sorts of products (chemical peels, acid serums, acid toners, hydroquinone etc). It seems like they have either just not worked due to them not being strong enough for my skin or they would actually work but take more time than I gave them. It is really frustrating.
I have been keeping my face routine simple these days and pretty much have accepted the fact that my skin will be crappy looking for the rest of my life. For “treatments” I have started to use a homemade 5% niacinamide cream (supposed to be good for hyperpigmentation), a lactic acid serum (occasionally) and sunscreen every 2 hours. I am not going to get my hopes up about the 5% niacinamide cream that I made but I do have to say that it moisturizes my skin really well and leaves me with a glow. I would highly recommend it to anyone into making their own products or to find a product on the market that contains it.
If you are interested in skin care and want to find good products I would highly suggest going over to https://www.makeupartistschoice.com/. They have so many products to choose from. Another good site is https://www.makeupalley.com. You can see reviews on products and decide if you want to try them or not.