My 13 Year Acne Journey | Cystic Acne, Adult Acne, Birth Control, Antibiotics

I have had acne for 13 years and I am finally at a point where I have gotten a handle on my skin at the ripe old age of 25. I feel like acne is something that I will always deal with & over the past 13 years, I have learned to accept that.

I wanted to share my journey because if it helps even one person feel less alone, it was worth it. Having acne has made me feel isolated, alone, and made me feel the lowest of the low. Now that I am 25, I have learned to love and accept my skin even though it’s not perfect. Not everyone is blessed with baby skin that looks like it was graced by the gods, & that’s okay. We are all unique in our own way. If we were all the same, life would be boring. Our uniqueness makes us beautiful, and confidence is the best makeup you can wear.

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31 thoughts on “My 13 Year Acne Journey | Cystic Acne, Adult Acne, Birth Control, Antibiotics

  1. Hey Katie, thx for being brave enough for sharing this. The fact is it does make us stronger and people who dont have it wont understand. I have embraced my scars as part of who I am now

  2. i’m currently at such a low place and my acne isnt so so bad but it’s a constant struggle and i feel like it’s takin over my life… but i appreciate you sharing your experience! you give me hope.

  3. Thanks for sharing, my story is a lot like yours, cystic acne since 8th grade with hormonal acne. I took accutane at a low dose and it was the best thing I ever did for my acne. It only took dermatologist trying literally everything else before I was allowed to use it at 28. I feel your pain and I’m glad you found a balance.

  4. Wow thats so mean im sorry you were bullied like that. You are sooo beautiful and seem so sweet idk who would ever do that to you. Ppl suck. Glad your doing better now.

  5. Hi! great video, i relate to to it alot. Just want to ask when do you use the hyaluronic and niacinamide? do you use them at the same time, am and pm? thanks!

  6. Your story helped me a lot, thank you so much for sharing it with us💛 I’ve had acne since I was about 12 and just turned 27 and I still deal with it and it can really mess with my confidence! Since I’ve gotten on a better skincare routine and have found products that I can afford and actually work for me things have been a lot better, but it’s still there, especially those hormonal breakouts that I can’t do anything about. It’s so nice to know that I’m not the only adult who still had problems with acne.

    p.s. my husband I have agreed that if we ever have kids we’re going to be honest with them that their acne might never go away so they don’t grow up with the same idea as us only to be disappointed and feel alone. I want to give any kid that I’m close to a better chance at learning to love themselves earlier in life than I had! Acne doesn’t define us as people. It’s literally only skin deep!

  7. Have you ever tried natural face washes and/or detox? My skin gets crazy and I believe it’s bc of an internal issue so I’ll be detoxing at the end of the year…. I cut out bread sugar and basically all processed foods for 21 days and it cleared my skin for a year but I did go back to unhealthy eating after the 21 days and until recently did my skin start breaking out again. Well I hope all is well and I understand the self esteem. It really takes a toll and I love your lesson about just loving yourself bc your take all you have. Peace & blessings

  8. Everything you went through, your feelings, mindset, even the eating disorder because of acne…I swear I went through. It’s crazy how we are not alone, I wish I found this video 5 years ago when I was in my lowest…seriously everything you said I said to myself and the antibiotics I took and had the SAME side affect! Ugh thank you 🙏🏼
    You are so beautiful! There’s no cure…but the mindset does change with age thank god!

  9. I know a great way to get rid of acne. Get in the shower and rub epsom salt all over your face until it dissolves. Don’t wash it off and leave it on overnight. The next time you shower, repeat. It is very good at getting rid of acne. Your face looks fine though. I can’t tell if makeup is covering remnants of acne. If it is, try epsom salt. That way you can be happier to see it isn’t there without makeup.

  10. Wow, I've been watching your more recent videos and admiring how perfect your skin looks. Would have never thought you had issues with acne! Regardless, you are honestly beautiful even in the photos where you say your skin was at the all time low.

  11. I am not a spring chicken lol and I still get sore acidy pimples on my face 😣 they sting and burn and weep, yuk! I have tried antibiotics and so many diffrent creams and washes also..
    It really does take a toll on your confidence and just going out in public sucks.
    I feel ya pain gurl but wish my skin looked as good as yours! 🖤

  12. I relate so much to everything you talked about in this video. I've cleared my acne but now I have such bad scaring. Would you mind going into detail more about the microneedling? Did you do that at a dermatologist and are there different forms? Your skin is beautiful btw, I've seen more recent videos and you'd never be able to tell you struggled with acne

  13. I'm 42, I've been dealing with cystic/hormonal acne since I was 10. Long story short, the only thing I've found to remove the hyper-pigmentation is a type of retinol. Currently using the Ethique Bliss bar for washing; Differin gel .1 adapalene for spot treatment; and Shea Moisture 100% Virgin Coconut oil Daily hydration face lotion for the dry patches. I have no acne scars at all by using the retinol gels, they're truly amazing. I'm now dealing with the joys of early menopause so skin's changing yet again. Good luck with yours 💗

  14. I really appreciate this video. I have had a super similar experience (I’m 40 now and while I don’t deal with it as much it still rears it’s head sometimes). I’ve been on accutane twice and still have some side effects years later (my night vision never recovered and I still get weird back pain that started on accutane). And both times it only stuck for about a year before my acne returned…Anyway I’m right there with you. Thanks for being vulnerable. You are beautiful!!! ❤️

  15. I feel you! I’m 33 and I still get really bad acne. I am to the point that I don’t break out as much but still bad. I didn’t go the acutane route because I wanted to start having kids. Then all of a sudden one day I just stopped breaking out like a year ago. Recently I started taking antibiotics for a sinus infection and boom my acne came back! Hopefully it goes away again 😟

  16. Maybe going through all that explains why you seem like such a humbly confident and compassionate person. You understand other peoples' pain, social or otherwise, because you've had plenty of your own. I don't know, just speculating. I really appreciate you as a person, how real you are. I know this is an old video but I'm kind of catching up with your stuff since I don't subscribe to any other YouTubers, basically on principle.

  17. Ok I know 3 comments is pushing it, and I promise this is my last one, but I just have to say you're freaking gorgeous. You are absolutely undeniably classically beautiful. Truth.

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