I have been frustrated with my acne for a while. It's not super severe... most of the time I only have 1 or 2 actively infected pimples on my face, sometimes I have bigger breakouts where I get a whole bunch of pimples at once, but what bothers me the most is the marks that are left behind. I have very pale skin, and even if I get maybe 1 pimple a week, it will leave a huge, dark, purple/red spot on my skin, like a dark bruise, and these marks do not fade away for months, so at any one time I have these really bad dark marks all over the place. I was keeping track of a specific one because I remember I got the pimple on Thanksgiving, to see how long it would still be there. That mark has faded somewhat, but it is still clearly visible, after all these months! I just hate these because they take forever to go away and by the time they eventually heal I have new ones anyway. It seems like even if I don't have a lot of pimples, my skin will always look hideous because these marks take such a long time to heal. Do you bepimpled folks get these really dark discolored areas where you have had a pimple? I don't think they are actually scars, and they are pretty smooth, not swollen or bumpy or crater-like or anything, just dark colored.
I currently treat my acne with Proactiv, and I honestly don't know if it's even helping. It's not making my skin perfect or anything, that's for sure. I have tried various prescription stuff and that was about the same. Maybe it helped some, but I don't know, it wasn't that great. At this point I guess I can just deal with the fact that I will have a few pimples most of the time, and what I really want is to find makeup that will cover the dark marks. A lot of concealers just don't do it. I would like to share that so far my favorite product for covering them is called Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick! This stuff is pretty great, but I am really curious what other products people have found and would love to try some more products out. What makeup products have you tried that actually do a good job of covering acne and/or dark spots? I do use a good moisturizer all the time which I imagine helps the skin heal, but if there's anything else I should be doing to help them fade faster please let me know about that too! THANKS!