Acne is a common problem. There are thousands of products available over the counter for everyone but it’s better to consult a Dermatologist for tougher cases of Acne.

But sometimes even Dermatologists suffer from painful cystic pimples. London based dermatologist, Anjali Mahto has shared some of her pictures on Instagram.

“I have suffered from spots since 1992 and still continue to do so in 2017. I am not a perfect dermatologist with perfect skin — and nor do I aspire to be. Acne gets me down in the same way it affects any adult sufferer.” She wrote as the caption for her post.

View this post on Instagram

The hardest thing about having adult cystic acne has been coming to terms with the realisation that I am never going to be “cured” but the best I can ever hope for is “control” of my skin. I have suffered with spots since 1992 and still continue to do so in 2017. That’s not to say there haven’t been periods where my skin has cleared up – it has (sometimes even for a few years) – but the cysts usually return over time. The good news is that when it does come back it usually responds to oral treatment. Psychologically accepting that I am never going to “grow out of it” has been a battle through most of my 20s and 30s. Now, closer to 40, I am learning to accept that my skin will be up and down – but when it is down, I need to treat it properly and revert to medication if I need it to minimise the risk of further scarring. I am not a perfect dermatologist with perfect skin – and nor do I aspire to be. Acne gets me down in the same way it affects any adult sufferer but learning to accept treatment when I need it and enjoying the periods my skin is good has become key for good mental health. Acne can be treated and scarring can be prevented but I think we are recognising more and more it can be a chronic problem for some that may always come and go. Acceptance of this is probably the most important part of the psychological battle. Sometimes it isn’t down to what we are eating or sleepless nights or heavy make-up or anything else we are doing wrong. It is just the luck of the DNA draw in terms of our unique combination of hormones and genetics. If you are suffering with your skin there are always solutions. They do not come with the guarantee that after a round of treatment your acne will not return, but there is always something that can be done and no one needs to suffer or just put up with it. If you are struggling with your skin or it is affecting your mental health please seek early intervention from your GP or dermatologist. (Trust the dermatologist who’s had topical creams, laser, antibiotics, the pill, chemical peels, spironolactone, metformin and 9 courses of Roaccutane in 25+ years! I have tried everything🙈) #dermatology #dermatologist #boardcertified #acne

A post shared by Dr Anjali Mahto (@anjalimahto) on

When the small pores on the skin get blocked by dead cells, dirt, oil or bacteria, it causes acne. Apart from its appearance and the pain, it leaves behind scars. Following a perfect product isn’t the only process but you should consider the natural way of dealing with the scars.

See this: Top 5 Foods to get rid of Acne Scars

“If you are suffering with your skin there are always solutions. They do not come with the guarantee that your acne will not return, but there is always something that can be done. If you are struggling with your skin or it is affecting your mental health please seek early intervention from your GP or dermatologist.” She wrote for her Instagram snap.