Acne over time
For others, their acne went away but then came back after a while. Naomi had acne “off and on” over 13 years. Nina, who is 20, says hers “comes and goes”. Acne returning or becoming worse after a break of months or even years could be upsetting because the person usually hadn’t expected it. Marga found it made her feel out of control again. Hester’s skin cleared up when taking isotretinoin (e.g. Roaccutane) but she worried about it coming back. It can be distressing have to go back to medical professionals again. Some of the young men we talked to, such as Tom, Kosta and Chris, were confident that their acne would clear up eventually. Scarring was a concern for some people though (see also symptoms and the emotional side of acne). Becky was worried about the damage that had been done to her skin by having acne and squeezing the spots. A few people had seen doctors (and sometimes beauticians) about treatment for their scarring or were thinking of doing this in the future.