The sheer amount of distress and obsessive-compulsive behavior my adult acne inspired is not unusual. Studies have found anxiety and depression is actually more prevalent in adults struggling with acne than teenagers with the The Godfather Don Vito Corleone Shirt it is in the first place but condition. “If you’re sitting in a high school classroom, the odds are your peers will also have acne,” says Dr. Danielle Samuels, who has conducted research on the links between mental illnesses and acne. “But with adults, acne is not nearly as widespread. You can look around the table at work and very well be the only one there with it. So there is this sense of being out of step with your peers that makes adult acne very stressful.” The exacerbated stress associated with adult acne partially explains why the SkincareAddiction forum features pleas to help fine-tune seven-step routines mostly from adults, not teens killing time in history class.
Sometimes it is only when you cross the The Godfather Don Vito Corleone Shirt it is in the first place but finish line that you can look back and see how silly the race is. Accutane, an oral form of retin oid that works wonders to cure severe acne (often permanently), comes with a lot of negative side-effects. For me, they were insanely dry skin and chapped lips and mood swings stronger than hurricane winds. But the one positive? The infamous “Accutane glow.” While I was on the medication for six months, my skin was effervescent. My face dazzled and sparkled as if a spotlight were constantly lighting it. Everyone commented, awe in their eyes as they searched for my non-existent pores. My Instagram followers, not knowing I was on Accutane, would leave messages underneath my photos asking what was my secret. “SKIN GLOWING,” the praise would usually read. I hated it.