If you're having really chronic trouble and just don't feel like you're managing, if you're able, go to a dermatologist. They can do wonders for you.
Rule 1. Do not
buy into all these commercials that sell products with the selling point that they're dermatologist-recommended (I'm talking to you
, Neutragena). Most of these products are total bunk. I've never heard ProActiv mentioned once in the office.
This is the lone product my dermo said to even let near my face:
This is a prescription gel that dermatologists swear by for their own personal private use, so you know it's good. It's very effective, but use it very sparingly, because it's strong. This can shrink a blemish down overnight -- sometimes within mere hours -- and if you have persistent, residual redness from previous breakouts, it will produce a light peeling effect that will reveal new skin beneath. I've used it for years and love it: