Finally, I was referred to a dermatologist. I had a fairly good experience here, only having to wait for a few weeks for an appointment.
Sitting in the waiting room, I began to feel a bit silly. People were there in visible pain with obvious skin problems. I was sat there with a few zits on my chin and temples. I don’t know how many of you have felt like this too – the sudden feeling of “why should acne make such a big difference to my life?”. Maybe you’ve even felt guilty about using NHS resources for something that a lot of people may just see as a vanity issue.
I’d just like to say that you are allowed to feel this way (and, of course, you’re allowed to not feel this way at all). Even mild acne is enough to have an impact on someone’s self-esteem.
So when you are sitting waiting for an appointment, or simply frustrated about how you look in the mirror, don’t let embarassment or feelings of insignificance stop you from seeking help. You do deserve clear skin and the self-confidence that comes with it.