MTV's True Life Investigates Severe Acne Sufferers

Over the weekend, MTV aired True Life: I Have Acne a documentary featuring young adults with severe cystic acne, and the steps they are taking to treat it. Take Lily. She's a 21-year-old aspiring model/actress, but her skin has been holding her back from moving forward with her career. She's been grappling with the decision of whether or not to take Accutane following the death of her 15-year-old brother, who took the drug and then suddenly died. (Doctors insist that the Accutane didn't have anything to do with his death, but Lily is still too fearful to try.) Lily decides to undergo very expensive, painful laser treatments that had devastating short-term effects, and eventually, no long-term effects. A couple thousand dollars later, she's still dealing with her affliction and still refusing to try Accutane.


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