While it is common for acne to develop in the beginning stages of maturation (between the ages of 10 and 13) it’s not totally uncommon for it to start later and last longer for some people, particularly if you have oily skin.

Mild acne is characterized by having fewer than 20 whiteheads or blackheads, fewer than 15 inflamed bumps, or fewer than 30 total lesions. If you have 20 to 100 whiteheads or blackheads, 15 to 50 inflamed bumps, or 30 to 125 total lesions, your acne is considered moderate to severe.

The type of acne you have determines how long it will take to get clear. Mild acne can take 3 to 6 months to get fully clear. Moderate to severe acne can take 6 months or sometimes longer depending on the severity.

But what is it really like growing up with acne, or getting it later in life?

Everyone has good and bad phases when it comes to their acne but either way, it can end up making you miserable. Since it usually starts in middle or high school, the social aspect of school and events can seem understandably discouraging. It feels as though everyone is looking at you and possibly judging you. This feeling doesn’t go away with age if you have acne however, if anything it only increases those feelings.

Dating can seem especially intimidating. Acne can make you feel inadequate and insecure. Particularly around being physically close to someone.

Unfortunately, having acne can affect your life in many unhealthy ways. Some may develop depression for lack of wanting to be social. Things even as frightening as suicidal thoughts have been known to occur.

If you or your child has acne, it’s not something that typically just goes away on its own. While this can be the case for some lucky people, most have gone to far more drastic measures to get rid of acne, such as taking dangerous prescription drugs like Accutane. A drug that can cause feelings of depression to increase in a short period of time.

Having acne can be a constant battle of trying to find products that help or even resorting to prescriptions. It can be a daunting task to figure out the puzzle of fixing bad skin. Many people go years or even decades trying to make their skin better.

But that doesn’t have to be you.

It can be hard for people who don’t have acne to understand the struggle. But the struggle is definitely real. Oftentimes it can feel like acne is ruining your life and your confidence. It can be hard to think of anything else. The ugly secret about acne is it’s not just about vanity–it’s also an issue of mental and emotional health as well as physical wellbeing.

Here at Skintherapy we pride ourselves on our ability to not only clear acne, but keep your skin blemish-free. It requires commitment to make this happen, but most of our clients are happy to take on a regimen that really works in the long term as well as the short term.

If acne has been affecting your life in the aforementioned ways, it may be time to try something new. You don’t have to wait until it gets worse or see if it magically clears up on its own. We’re a team of master estheticians who are more than qualified to help you with your skin. Click here to learn more and here to book your appointment today. So you can be truly free from the struggle and pain of having acne.