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A dermatologist shares the lessons she’s learned

I still suffer with break-outs and suspect this will continue to be the case over the coming years. With many chronic conditions, there is a constant threat of things worsening, even when things seem to be going well and are under control. But getting older has been helpful. I simply recognise that my skin is a very small part of who I am and what I can achieve.

My advice to those struggling with acne is to speak directly to your GP, or arrange to see a consultant dermatologist. It can be easy to spend time and money on skincare which may not work and it is better to get professional advice early. No one should have to suffer or despair because of their skin, and it is not up to anyone else to underestimate how you feel or how it affects you.