I Never Had Acne as a Teen, but My Breakouts Got Out of Control When I Turned 22
I didn't really have acne as a teenager. I experienced the occasional breakouts like most people in their teens do, but nothing serious. I didn't need to use any special topical products to keep my skin clear — a simple drugstore cleanser for oily skin did the trick just fine. My skin-care luck carried through for the duration of my college years. Then, I turned 22 years old.
It's almost impressive how fast my skin situation was flipped on its head. A month after my 22nd birthday, my skin started breaking out uncontrollably, more than it ever had before. I ignored it and wrote it off as a fluke reaction to some new product I tested, or a result of stress (which I was under a lot of, at the time), or just a really bad case of hormonal acne — but then it didn't go away.