Mine used to be pretty severe. Not quite cystic, but pretty close. I still get the odd little zit, but honestly, I'm covered in scars. If it weren't for those, I'd never ever wear makeup. But they seriously bother me. If over the counter treatments won't fade them, I may just make a trip to the dermatologist.
Your avatar is distracting me. xD Oh and I understand about acne. Mine isn't terrible...but I've always had it. And I married a wonderful man who thinks I'm the most beautiful woman in the world. So try not to worry too much
I still get the odd pimple every now and then, but honestly a good 30% of my face is covered in some sort of acne scarring. I scar so easily, it's ridiculous. So even when my skin is clear, I still look acne-ridden because of the scars I have. 8( Trying desperately to get rid of them, because honestly, if it weren't for those scars, I'd never wear makeup; because I love all of my other features. Sadface.
Try different natural oils or something with collagen in it. I also scar easily, and I get keloids which are thick, red, raised scars that never go away. I had like 3 "moles" removed from my arm about 6 years ago, against my will because my mom thought OHMYGOD DARK FRECKLES YOU'LL HAVE SKIN CANCER GET THEM REMOVED!!!!!!!!! even though I have a million freckles because I'm a pale red-head. Anyway, getting them removed left those keloid scars which are the size of quarters. I would have preferred having the dark freckles. But if you use creams for stretchmarks (Palmer's is a good brand), some natural plant oils, something thick like natural cocoa butter, or Mederma for scars, it will help a lot. You shouldn't have to wear make-up, you're beautiful without it! Make-up probably won't help the scars heal anyway.
I'm using a Palmer's "fading cream" for scars, and I've heard mixed reviews of it, so we'll see. I've also got some 100% cocoa butter today, so assuming the fading cream doesn't do much, I'll try that out.
And I'm sorry about your mom freaking like that. My grandma is totally the same. Dark freckle? CANCERRRRRR.
And thank you. YOU ARE ALSO VERY BEAUTIFUL. Yeah, I'm actually going on a makeup strike right now. It makes my skin feel dull and lifeless, and it'll probably be easier for my scars to heal without being covered in concealer. Eek.