Unless you’re biologically blessed, you probably (painfully) remember the physical and emotional uphill battle that was teenage acne. For me, I got the typical bumps along my T-zone from the age of 12. However, as my friends and I entered our mid to late teen years, their skin slowly started clearing up as mine worsened.
The small bumps on my forehead turned into large, painful, cystic acne along my jawline. It wasn’t until seeing about a dozen different gynecologists that one tested me for polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, in my mid-twenties. She immediately diagnosed me with the hormonal disorder, which affects 10 percent of the population.