Kali Kushner always struggled with small cases of acne in high school, but at 19 years old she developed severe red marks that went deep into her skin tissue.
The now 22-year-old student from Cincinnati, Ohio, tried everything on the market and found that most medication was only making her cystic acne worse.
Her dermatologist recommended an oral medication, known as Accutane, and within three months she was able to finally see improvements to her skin.
She chartered her journey through an Instagram account that was originally meant for her eyes only.
But 22,000 followers later, she now realizes how much her skin struggles have inspired other people.
Kushner is now is off of the medication because of the adverse effects including severe dryness, but speaking to Daily Mail Online she said the short stint on the pills has transformed her skin, leaving her with just a few minor flare-ups since.
Accutane is a common acne medication, which is marketed under the brand name Roaccutane in other regions of the world, including the UK.
Kali Kushner, 22, is open on her account about her skin transformation and how she was able to find confidence in areas of her life that don’t involve physical beauty. Left is her more than a year ago before Accutane and right is from a post in July showing off her clear skin
Kushner tried many different drugs and treatments to improve her acne. One treatment she tried was the oil cleansing method. But the method didn’t work for Kushner. She posted this in April to show her followers how far her skin has come
Kushner developed severe cystic acne when she was 19 years old, but she hadn’t changed anything with her diet or skin care.
She turned to a dermatologist to help find something to clear up her skin.
‘I spent a lot of money on stuff that didn’t work,’ Kushner said.
Besides going on multiple types of medication that showed minimal results, she also tried a variety of skin methods. Continue reading on next page…