I have been struggling with terrible acne on my back and face for around 6 years since I was 12. This left me feeling self-conscious about my skin and I would never take off my shirt to go swimming. I also hated going on sleep overs and was worried friends would see and comment on my back. Some nights I also struggled to sleep as the large angry spots on my back were very painful. I tried many over the counter treatments but none of them seemed to make any difference.
I have suffered from acute acne since being a teenager. At various times I have been prescribed antibiotics and Roaccutane and have also tried all the over the counter products. Although the antibiotics and Roaccutane helped the acne returned when I wasn’t taking them. At 22 I was still so self-conscious about my back and neck that I never took off my t-shirt even when out in the sun and never felt I could go swimming.