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My name is Ashley and I have severe acne. Although my acne is not a serious threat to my health, it has lead to permanent, disfiguring scarring. I feel upset about the way I look.
I tend to get acne mostly on my face, upper back and chest. Sometimes it also happens on my neck and shoulders. I am 24 years old and have had acne since I was 12, around when I hit puberty. My parents also suffered from acne. My acne is worse 2-7 days before my period starts. It is also worse when I am under stress. I find it hard not to squeeze and pick at my pimples, even though I know this makes it worse.
I have whiteheads, blackheads, papules, pustules, nodules and cysts. The cysts are painful and cause scarring.
It drives me crazy when people tell me that I've caused my acne by eating chocolate or greasy food or not cleaning my skin well enough. Blackheads are not caused by dirt!
I met with a dermatologist to treat my acne. She says the goals of treatment are to
a) Prevent scarring
b) Reduce the number of lesions
Hopefully this will minimize the embarrassment I feel over this problem.
I am starting on medication to reduce oil production, bacteria, inflammation and clumps of cells.