My Battle With Acne

Hi! Welcome back to my blog!

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a little while now and I’m excited to be sharing this with you today. I’ve gone through a lot with my skin and I wanted to share my story of what happened and what I did to get my skin clear and keep it clear.

I was able to go from this:



to this:


I’ve mustered up the courage to share pictures of my skin on the internet and I hope that someone finds this to be insightful and helpful.


Starting in about 7th grade I began to get acne. It was never really bad, just a few spots here and there and it was fairly manageable. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that it got worse. The spring and summer months came and my skin got really bad. I changed up my skincare routine and found something that worked and it began to settle down again, but it didn’t fully go away. Things were pretty good for a while, just a few breakouts around that time of the month but nothing crazy horrible.

Flash forward to the summer after sophomore year of college…

Last summer my skin completely freaked out. I started getting big breakouts all over my face, even in places I had never had breakout before like on my cheeks (typically they stayed in the t-zone). I completely panicked and didn’t know what to do. I hated going out in public without makeup on and would make sure any picture taken of me was done on my phone so I could edit my skin before it was posted or sent anywhere. I was so incredibly self-conscious of it and knew I had to do something to calm it back down.

My first plan was to see a dermatologist. I thought that was the best way to figure out what was happening to my skin and the best way to approach it. The dermatologist was not a good experience for me. Without even looking at my skin, the doctor came in, gave me a prescription for a low dosage of antibiotics, and walked out. The antibiotics (Doxycycline) did not sit well in my stomach and actually made me throw up so I went back to the dermatologist to try something new. She told me the only other thing I could do was go on Accutane, an extremely strong medication that gets rid of acne and comes with some scary possible side effects. The drug works most of the time and I know people who have used it before without any issues, but I knew that Accutane was not for me and stopped making appointments at the office.

I felt super discouraged because I had heard of so many people finally getting clear skin from going to a dermatologist but it just didn’t work for me. I then went to a local spa for a facial. While it was expensive, I felt so much better leaving there than when I left the dermatologist’s office (and with the insurance copay, the facial was only about $30 more) because someone had actually looked at my skin and gave me some recommendations.

I got facials a few times over the summer and it was a great experience for me! I had an hour where my skin was taken care of, and I had someone who actually knew how to do extractions (as opposed to me popping a pimple in the bathroom. yuck.) which definitely helped out my skin and my sanity.


Curology was my actual skin savior. Basically, Curology is a website where you are matched up with a real dermatologist and you fill out a quiz and upload some selfies. Then, they create a custom formula with prescription-level ingredients (so not your typical benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatment) and a new bottle of it gets shipped to you every 2 months!

Just to throw in a little disclaimer: this post is NOT sponsored, Curology really did work for me, I absolutely love it, still use it and really want to share this with you! 

What I love about it is that you can send a message to your online dermatologist and upload new pictures whenever you want and they are always there to help! After about 2 months of using Curology, basically all of my pimples had disappeared and I just had a lot of red dots leftover on my face. I sent my online dermatologist new pictures and a message with my concern about the leftover pigmentation and she changed up my formula to help accommodate to my new skin situation.

Curology honestly was the biggest game changer for me. I gave me back my confidence and gave me the clearest skin that I have had in years. Just look at how much my skin changed in as little as two months:



I’ve now been using Curology for 8 months and am so incredibly happy with how my skin looks. Since my acne was pretty bad I do still have some Post-inflammatory erythema (the redness leftover from a blemish) but most of it finally has faded away. PIE can take around 6 months to fade!

If you are struggling with acne and feel like you’ve tried everything under the sun and nothing has worked, don’t worry. That’s exactly where I was this summer. I would highly recommend trying out Curology. You can use my friend invitation link to get your first month free!

Like I said earlier, this post is not sponsored but all Curology users get an invitation link to send to friends! That one is mine and if you sign up using it I will get a credit to put towards my next bottle.

If you have acne and try out Curology, send me a DM on Instagram! I’d absolutely love to cheer you on along your journey to clear skin! And as always, if you liked this post, be sure to head to my homepage and subscribe to emails and follow me on Instagram @mainly.mackenzie!

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