20-Year-Old Battle With Acne: The Scars on My Psyche are Deeper Than the Ones on My Face

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20-Year-Old Battle With Acne: The Scars on My Psyche are Deeper Than the Ones on My Face

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

I

have spent more time at the dermatologist’s clinic than most millennials spend in a coffee shop. And I change my doctors more often than our media changes its mind on Rahul Gandhi.

It was yet another Saturday spent in the waiting room of a new dermatologist. When I was called in, she exuded a lot of confidence. Sure that she could get rid of my acne in a short time, she offered me a deal that was too good to pass on. But as much as I wanted to believe her promises of smooth and clear skin, I knew better. I’d been hearing the same pick-up lines for two decades now. If life had taught me anything, it was that a new, painful pimple was always just a few days away.

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