Adult acne completely changed my personality.

'To develop acne when I was 42 years old really shocked me. All of a sudden I just started to develop acne breakouts on my cheeks and chin. The acne just got worse and worse and it became really vulgar.'

I had really good skin as an adolescent and didn’t have any problems with hormonal acne when I was pregnant, so it came as a complete surprise to develop adult acne at 42! 

Pimples suck!

"I remember that I first got pimples when I was 14 years old. It felt really ugly.”

Although I have never really had bad acne, I always seem to get pimples (especially whiteheads) just before my period.  

Going topless

"I wanted to lock myself away until the blemishes were gone."

I didn’t have bad acne on my face. My problem with acne was on my chest and the back of my neck. The acne on my chest was quite severe and very distressing especially during summer when it came time to hit the beach with friends. I would spend most summer swimming in a T-shirt.  

Living with acne

"The lack of understanding regarding acne at times was almost as upsetting as having it.”

I first developed acne when I was 14 years old. Within four to six weeks I went from having beautiful, clear skin to having large red cystic acne covering my cheeks and back. It was very visible and many of my family and friends commented on it.