Adult acne not responding to treatment
Hi! I had a similar problem a few years ago. Have you considered the possibility that your problem may be hormonal? I had very bad cystic acne through my teens and 20s, and I continued to have breakouts through my 30s. About the time I turned 40, I was so tired of treating it with everything (OTC, prescription topical lotions, etc.) and still having problems that I went to my doctor and asked him to test me for a hormonal imbalance. That was the only other cause I could think of that would keep my acne from going away. When the test results were back, he confirmed that I had a slight hormonal imbalance and put me on medication to correct it. Within a month, my acne was gone, and my skin was starting to act "normal" for the first time. Ever since then, I have been able to use "normal" skin care products.
I'm not saying this is the issue with your skin, but it was definitely my problem. Not all acne can be cleared up with topical treatments alone. It might be worth talking to your doctor about this, though.
I hope you get some relief soon!