I’m 23 & I still Suffer | Acne

 Right Cheek

Left cheek

I was in the 5th grade when I received my first pimple. It all started after I got my first period. Yes I know I started young. Ugh…..the life of being a girl. Well I suffered from server acne. My mom tried EVERYTHING. From black soap to cutting out chocolate they tried everything. My mom swore up and down that the cure for acne was topiclear. It was  skin lightening brand. I would wash my face every day with the soap day and night and apply the cream all over my face. If I had a pimple the first thing she said was ” put some topiclear on it”. Y’all don’t understand how old fashion my mom is. She is West Indian born and raised. The only thing that topiclear was doing was lightening my skin. So for years my face was lighter than my body.  I had really bad pimples and even worse my face was filled with blackheads. My mother and aunt would always burst the bumps on my face and because of that I have scaring. Yes it sucks and I hate it. After a few years I stopped using the topic clear and I started taking some acne pills which did not help at all. I soon changed my diet and years later the acne on my forehead is finally gone but I have scaring on my cheeks. I can say that I no longer have acne just a few pimples come here and there but nothing serious. My face breaks out a few times a month but the only thing that is standing in my way of clear skin is my acne scars. Oh yeah I forgot to tell y’all when I was in the 7th grade I contracted Pityriasis Rosea (click the link to see what it is) . It is a skin disease and because of that and my lack of not scratching because it itched so bad I had even more scars. So at the age of 23 I am left with scaring on both sides of my cheeks. I break out every now and then but other than that its not anything major.  I am currently looking into getting Micro Dermabrasion (click the link to see what is it). I am trying to have clear skin by my 25 birthday. I am not ashamed of my acne. Its something that a lot of teenager go through during puberty. Well this is my story I hope you guys enjoyed it. Until next time. (:


Author: Karly Shenell

Hello my name is Karly and I am 25 years old. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of St.Thomas but I currently live in Dallas, Texas.

One thought on “I’m 23 & I still Suffer | Acne”

  1. I suffered from body acne for years–all over my back and chest and face. Raw honey was the only thing that worked for me, mixed with essential oils. Thank you for your honesty in sharing your story, and I hope you reach your goal of clear skin by 25!


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