As a 21 years old woman who has had acne since I was 10-11 years old... I'm pretty sure I've tried all the creams and scrubs there are, and personally feel like creams are an absolute no-go since they contain fats or at least are fatty or oily, and scrubs just break your skin causing more scarring. The only thing I have not tried is to change my diet to a wheat- and/or milk-free one, I've heard that that helps from many but wheat and milk are hard for me to cut off from my diet. :c
Then again the only thing that has ever worked for me are antibiotics. I tried them the first time when I was 15, ate them for half a year, and it was wonderful. Nearly no pimples anywhere after 3-4 weeks of eating them. Sadly my doc thought it would be a good idea to stop eating them 'cause they're antibiotics and if you use 'em all the time they lose their effect... My skin was okay for like a month after I quit the antibiotics, and then it came back. It also started to spread from just my face to my shoulders, arms and even occasionally some on my belly and thighs. Thus I have severe scarring on my arms, on top of my shoulders, back, face, thighs and the absolutely worst one for me personally; my chest and breasts.
Acne can ruin your self-esteem so badly. Someone must be wondering why the chest area is the worst one for me, but the explanation is simple to that one: I love my body. I love my curves, I love the femininity of all of it (now that I've come to accept my body fully in the last 1,5 years), I love it when my boyfriend looks at me and goes all "Damn you're sexy and beautiful!" even after almost three years of being together. What I do not love, in fact I hate it, is the scarring, scars and pimples on my thighs and chest and shoulder area. For a woman who loves to be naked and her skin felt and pet with her beloved one's hands, legs and body otherwise too, the bumps there are, like, the worst thing there could be. Hell, make it scars like those that come from when you cut yourself with a knife and it's not a problem, but pimples? Just, no. I can remember a couple of times when I've started crying in my beloved one's arms 'cause of feeling bad 'cause that looks bad, and isn't pleasant either.
Anyway, after accepting my body shapes as they are and being able to enjoy all the curves I got (note, I'm not overweight, I've always been normal weight but I've thought my ass looks huge and saggy no matter what and felt really insecure 'cause of that, up until like a half a year ago or so) I decided that it's time for me to get my face and skin in order. So, I'm on antibiotics again! And yet again, they're working wonderfully. My doc wanted for me to lower the dose after a month of eating them but I've noticed that it's gone worse after lowering it, so now, being a grown-up and all that, this time I had the guts to tell them that I wanna up the dose again 'cause I don't wanna be suffering from this anymore.
ANYGAY... Sorry for the long wall of text btw... xD It's really a not fun thing to have to deal with, I've never met anyone who would be completely okay with their acne. So I guess this all came from reading the results and realizing that there actually were votes for "Eww you're gross get a scrubbing". Yeah sure they might be those that are like "It looks gross and I don't wanna be around it and those people could definitely do something about it if they really wanted to, why are all the care products in the markets still if they don't work, huh?" but then it's just being ignorant. Just trying to point out that it really is no fun and not easy (in most cases anyway) to deal with it. Sometimes it's just so freakin' hard to go see a doc in order to get help because you feel ashamed to go sitting in the waiting room because you feel like everyone just knows what you're there for. And I'm not even gonna mention the most popular suggestions that are fed to everyone at first, exercising (outside or at a gym) and doing your hair so that it's off your face.
So uhm. Yeah. Sorry for the wall of text. It's just an important thing for me, and I trust I'm not the only one who feels this way about things. :v ^^' :')
I can totally relate to people with acne problems. When I was little I got a skin condition that left visible and quite ugly scars on my cheeks. Well, it wasn't as much a condition as it was me scrubbing acidic compounds into my skin. Ultra cleaners and such. I thought it would make me germ free. OCD can make you do really dumb stuff.
Luckily I was gifted with a face that rarely has to deal with this problem. :'D Yeah, my buddies loved rubbing meh cheecks and always went like "Omg baby faceee~"! ; w ; Though trust me. It's not always fun to be that one who has only one or two of them... I kinda feel like since it's rare that I get them, they're always more "visible" when I only have one big, that for some reason always likes to place it self in the middle of my forhead. OTL But! Sadly I'm suffering from dark rings underneath my eyes ("sleeping bags"), which makes me look like a ghost. My friends likes to compare meh with L from DeathNote. ; v ;
I've got a lot of different acne and different blemishes on my face, and I wash my face every day-- but i've still got a lot of blemishes. I've tried several different types of cremes and soaps and scrubs but it doesn't really get rid of my acne. I get really embarrassed about it a lot, but I don't know how to get rid of it, and sometimes it's so bad that I avoid looking in the mirror for a few days and try not to be around people. And makeup makes me feel even more self concious about it.. so when I see someone with acne I try to treat them how I'd want to be treated about it. I don't think badly of them and I don't ever think they're dirty. It's already hard being a teenager, it sucks having to worry about people judging you for your acne.
I just ignore if someone has acne. I never have paid attention to it since people cannot help it, so why be disgusted by it. Sure I feel bad and I do not think it is something anyone deserves, but like, it is not disgusting, I do not know what it is like, but I do not pity it. In a nutshell: I barely notice if anyone has acne, since I do not take a note on such things.
Meh, I have an acne prob an dont wear make-up to cover cuz im lazy. And even if they scrub doesn't mean it'll helpt better. So i just dont care, they're not going we're not going to have acne forever so why worry too much about it.