Adult acne sufferer shares how she cured her problem skin after being called a liar

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
A woman, posed by model, doused herself in water on video in order to prove she had cured her acne. [Photo: Getty]

A woman who cured her acne has responded after people accused her of faking the pictures she shared online.

Leda Muir, a fantasy writer based in California, shared before and after pictures of her skin on Twitter last Saturday.

The 25-year-old posted a “before” picture of herself aged 21, when she was suffering from severe acne, side by side with a recent “after” photograph of herself taken a month ago.

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“Three cheers for overcoming adult acne,” she tweeted, revealing her acne medication – an antibiotic called Minocycline – and current skincare regime in a later tweet.

But when followers called her out, suggesting she was wearing make-up in it, Muir was forced to respond in the most dramatic way.

She shared a video in which she wiped her skin with a cleansing wipe, before blasting her whole face with water to show she wasn’t wearing any make-up. Her skin remained completely clear of acne.

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Point well and truly proven.

According to the NHS website, acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. It is most commonly linked to changing hormone levels during puberty, although it can occur at any age.

The condition occurs when “certain hormones cause the grease-producing glands next to hair follicles in the skin to produce larger amounts of oil (abnormal sebum).”

“This abnormal sebum changes the activity of a usually harmless skin bacterium called P. acnes, which becomes more aggressive and causes inflammation and pus,” the website adds.

“The hormones also thicken the inner lining of the hair follicle, causing blockage of the pores. Cleaning the skin does not help to remove this blockage.”

While acne is typically associated with teenage years, rates of adult acne have surged in recent years. According to research, more than a third of people seeking treatment for acne are over the age of 35.