i started getting pimples when i was twelve, which was when my wonderful world of puberty began. it started off very mild, and then got progressively worse. i wish i had found this site arnd that time because the regimen worked wonders for me. acne can def make you more self-conscious, and care more about your overall appearance. i was care free, and studious before i started breaking out. i think getting acne when you're a teenager makes it even more perplexing, and traumatizing because of all the changes you are already going through. i also have critical parents with specific ideas about beauty, and how a woman should behave, or appear. i think my acne journey would have been less stressful, and lonely if i didn't feel like i was disappointing them, along with disappointing myself.
anyway, i do feel stronger because of acne, but i say this time and time again...i wish i was stronger because of other situations, or experiences other than struggling for so long with my skin.