By the time I turned 18, everything changed. I started getting very irritable and I developed a temper that was like no other. I was constantly yelling and picking fights with my boyfriend (now husband). Even now, I have to wonder why he stayed with me. I was utterly horrific.
Gradually, over the year, I also started getting zits. Lots of it. A gazillion little tiny ones on my forehead and lots of larger ones on my face. I decided to get some acene treatments done at an asian beauty centre. It was horrible sitting there letting them pop each and every one of those zits with a needle. I paid for 10 sessions, which cost me an arm and a leg consdering I only had a part-time job working at a fast food joint, but I only ended up going to 3 treatments before I gave up. It was painful and it didn’t seem like it was working. I was lost and I just didn’t know what to do.
Upon my boyfriend’s urging, I went to see a well-known dermatologist. She prescribed a topical acne medication, and what she called “water pills”. I didn’t know what water pills were at that time, but it didn’t matter to me because all I wanted was to get rid of the acne.