My name is Hannah and I’m 23. My battle with acne started when I was 13 and ten years later, although it is much less severe than it was in my teens, it is still something which effects my life very single day. Just as I turned 13 I started getting a lot of under the skin spots, mainly on my forehead and t-zone. I went to the GP who simply told me it was all part of being a teenager and that it would calm down eventually. When things only got worse I returned to the GP who put me on a course of antibiotics, as well as some topical creams. These helped slightly but my acne was still really bad and and the mental side effects were taking over my life. I would desperately try and cover my spots with make up but it almost made it look worse! I felt ugly, embarrassed and there were many days where I found it hard to get myself out of bed. I couldn’t bear to look in mirrors or have photos taken and I would often make up excuses to avoid social events because I simply felt too ugly to leave the house.
Hi I just wanted to say thanks very much for creating this website/newsletter as people don't really understand the implications and depression of having acne. I have had acne since I was 15 and am now 29 years of old. The way it affects your social life and affects relationships and even how it even affects your job. I was a postman for 2 years and had to give it up as it made my acne so much worse with sweating and the delivery bag rubbing on my shoulders and back. I have worked in a bank for the last 2 years but never really felt comfortable with a lot of my colleagues and other staff members as I always felt they see my face and neck and never really see me. I have been on anti-depressants for 10 years which has also affected me so badly. I have now decided to go back to college and do my HNC and HND in computing. I have also been going to a dermatologist for 10. I hope to keep in contact with yourself and others on this website and it helps speaking to people who know something about the nightmare I am living.