My acne started shortly after having my first daughter. Before pregnancy I was perfectly clear and had flawless skin. I am sure anyone who has had a similar experience understands how upsetting a change like that can be. Beautiful clear healthy skin to red, painful, irritated, inflamed skin. Now it is 22 years later and I still suffer from acne. The emotional damage is just as bad as the physical damage. In my experience I have allowed my acne to define the women that I am in many ways. Confidence, self esteem, how I see myself ..... you name it . It's been devestating. There have even been moments that I want to break ever mirror that I see and would be happy to stay at home indoors so no one can ever see me. However, I cannot and have not done either. I've "hibernated " at home some weekends and have declined going out on occassion, but I know that I still have to live. But it is hard for me and I have a lot of anxiety about how I look.