These Before And After Acne Pictures Will Give You Hope That Your Skin Will Recover

Don't give up.

Acne is one of the hardest skin conditions to deal with. It can wreck havoc on your confidence and is notoriously difficult to treat. For most people, their journey through it is something they try to keep as hidden as possible.

Kali Kushner, however, decided to break the stereotypes and document her struggles with her skin from start to finish with the entire world. The 22-year-old suffered with acne for most of her life, but during a month in 2014 her skin flared up massively.

‘I had always had some minor acne in high school, but one month in 2014, it went full-force crazy, covering my entire face,” she said.

Feeling soo excited bc today is the first day of my veryyy last year of school AND I'm not wearing any makeup for classes this year😜💁! Above are my 10 month results since I've been using the @banishacnescars starter kit! I can't believe I've been using their products for almost a whole year ❤️ the difference is really insane to me! I didn't think my acne scars would ever fully go away, but here I am 10 months later with massive progress and hope! I do still have some acne scars but for the most part the texture is pretty darn smooth compared to where I was at a few months ago. Less inflammation, less breakouts & my skin is constantly glowing 🌞 oh yeah and happy eclipsing today!! Don't forget to protect ur eyeballz 😎

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“I tried literally everything: the oil cleansing method, which is where you wash your face with oil, the caveman method, which is where you don’t put anything on your face at all, plus every cream, potion and antibiotic that my dermatologist prescribed me, but nothing worked.”

After exhausting all other options, she decided to try Accutane, a potent acne clearing drug and post pictures of herself on an Instagram account called @myfacestory. She started the account 2 years ago and she now has over 22 thousand followers.

Within weeks of starting the course he skin began to clear up. “It was honestly like magic,” she says. Although her new skin didn’t come without a cost. “The only downside was the side effects, which, for me made me dry literally everywhere, and made me feel achy all over, all day long, every single day. It’d take me ten minutes just to get out of bed in the morning, because my back was so sore.”

Guys here are my 3 month thoughts since I've cut dairy from my diet. If you're suffering from cystic acne, JUST TRY IT. Since cutting ALL dairy, I haven't had any raging deep cystic spots! Zero you guys, zilch, nada & zero spots that have left scars. Of course I'm still getting little pimples here and there (so it isn't a cure all) but nothing like before when I was beginning to relapse after accutane. (For anyone new here, I took accutane for six months stayed completely clear for a year & then my cysts started to come back) Left pictures are before I cut dairy 3 months ago and right picture is from the other day on snapchat. It's worth a shot, I thought there was no way in hell that I could give up mac n cheese, mozzarella sticks, fettuccini alfredo, or just a simple pairing of wine and cheese 😩 but y'all- there's so many dairy free substitutes that you can find at the grocery or make at home! I kept making excuses because I didn't want to change my ways: like it's soo expensive, I just can't do it I love cheese, I'll never be able to eat anything, it'll be hard to find something when I go out with friends & family. All very untrue!! I thought I didn't need to change my diet, and that it wasn't fair how other people could eat like crap and have completely clear skin. Well guess what we all process things differently & on top of that sometimes life isn't fair and u just gotta suck it up! Anyways to me it has been worth the change to have peace of mind that I won't be dealing with those huge monsters anymore 💕😊 (also skin is a lot less inflamed so scars are harder to see) #dairyfree #cleaneating

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Kushner started posting before and after, unfiltered photos and slowly but surely her followers started rolling in. Pretty soon after people begun messaging her, asking for help and advice with their skin.

“I used to think it was odd, because I really didn’t do anything magical—I just took Accutane and a bunch of selfies, but now I realise that the reason people are so dedicated to following my story is because nobody actually posts stuff like this,” she said.

One year post Accutane thoughts: I think it's important not to get stuck in the past and continue to grow as an individual. Though Accutane did wonders for my acne, I do still experience cystic (and regular) acne flare ups. If I were to post every time I got a breakout I would be focusing on all the wrong things. It isn't psychologically healthy to fixate on the past and to constantly keep comparing yourself to how things were, good or bad. Don't bring yourself down with negativity, bad thoughts, or things that make you unhappy- life is too short for that. Instead build yourself up with positivity, fill your life with the things you love, and celebrate you as you are now in this moment ⭐️. Learn from your past, move forward- and keep looking ahead. { That being said, I will continue to use this account as a tool for growth & positivity. In addition to monthly updates on how my scars are healing/ how my acne looks I also am going to start to include things that bring me joy and share that joy with you as well. I hope you enjoy how my page has started and will continue to evolve 💕 Cheers! }

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“Acne is so hush-hush and shamed in society, and having clear skin is the epitome of beauty, so if you dare have a spot or a breakout—and if you dare to take a picture of it—it’s almost like something’s wrong with you, which is so false.”

She’s now off the drug, but continues to post regular skin updates and has since been using a dermaroller to help combat her acne scarring – even the difference between her skin before and after using the dermaroller is pretty insane.

7 months post accutane: Skin update/comparison 💕! I've been experiencing breakouts again around that time of the month which linger around for about a week. They pop up around my jaw & smile lines (mostly faded at this point) – which is strange as chin acne wasn't my main concern pre-accutane🤔. My cheeks, forehead, and nose have remained clear! I stopped using my retin a about a month ago because it was drying out my skin & instead began using @banishacnescars vitamin c serum every night before bed. I am very happy with my results & feeling blessed everyday 🤗❤️-side note just realized there's a real weird yellow orange beard shadow on my face , that isn't the color of my actual skin just a cast shadow from the window🤓-

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But the most important thing for Kushner is letting people know that they shouldn’t be embarrassed about it – it can happen to anyone and it’s nothing to be ashamed about.

“I’m genetically predisposed to acne, so I’ve come to learn that my skin will have its ups and downs, and it might get better or worse some months, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of,” says Kushner.

“I know it sounds cheesy, but you are so much more than your acne, and if you want to go on Accutane to make yourself feel more confident, then do it, but do it because of you, and not because you’re trying to look like this perfect image that matches our perfect standards of beauty.”