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Teenagers and acne

Amber's acne story

I have suffered with acne since I can remember, perhaps from the age of 10 or 11, I am now 17 years of age and still suffer from rather painful under the skin breakouts that eventually surface! 

When I was younger, I didn't know how to cope with acne and I was at a loss as to where to start. People were telling me 'just wash your face with soap and water', 'go to the doctors' or 'put on your makeup like this, with this primer and your skin will be flawless', 'don't use skincare with these specific ingredients in them' 'don't wear makeup at all, it's bad for your skin'. This last statement just blew me out of the water because all I could think is, 'How can I go out with a face

I went to the doctors, time after time, because nothing they prescribed worked, hand on heart. Most things made it worse, either creating more oil and spots or simply didn't make a difference. Nine times out of ten - it made it worse. 

I started fishing around YouTube mainly to try to make sense of what acne was, why it came to me, and why it wasn't going away? I wanted answers! I wanted to know if I was doing 'something' wrong, like using a product that irritated my skin, how I could get rid of it, how I could cover it up and how do I not get bullied about it, I wanted advice! 

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Amber, UK

Teenager with acne

I am 13 I have had acne for 4 years and it is bringing me down. I can't get a boyfriend and my friends always say things like you need Clearasil but my doctor said Clearasil will make my skin worse. Do you know any home made recipes to help my acne?

Coral, Erith, UK

Nothing works and I don’t know what to do

My story - so when I was in 7th grade I used to have one of the most clear skins in my school. But later that year puberty cycle started and all of the pimples came out and I feel so embarrassed because people are looking at it not me. I feel anxious every day to get out of school so in 8th grade my acne got worse and I really hated it. Now I use Oxy spot treatment and it burnt my face and I just don't know what to do.

Anonymous, Alemdia, USA

My acne makes me feel depressed

Hi, my name is Julia and I'm from the US and have had acne since I was 10. It was not at all bad when I was in 6th and 7th grade then it started getting horrible, and I still have it and I'm 13. Sometimes I cry myself to sleep because I feel so ugly. I try to tell myself that it will go away but sometimes I have no hope and feel depressed. People treat me different because I have acne and I want to have a friend whose situation is like mine. I feel depressed every time I look in the mirror because it's SO hard. I hate acne.

Julia, USA