Will my acne really
disappear with time?
Iím Tim, a 15-year-old with blackheads, whiteheads and oily skin. I
am embarrassed and feel socially isolated because of my appearance.
My dad tells me that acne no worse than this is "normal" in
teenagers and if left alone, it will disappear in a few years. Is my
Scientifically, there is no way to
predict whether your acne will clear, remain the same or get worse
with time. While your acne might very well regress and disappear in
a few years, it is also possible that your acne will increase in
severity and cause scarring.
Treating your acne now can prevent it
from getting worse and alleviate some of the emotional effects you
are experiencing, such as embarrassment and feelings of social
isolation. From your description, it appears that you have mild
For information about how it is treated, visit
Treating Mild Acne.
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