My skin’s gone crazy

Puberty is ruining my looks!

My skin’s gone crazy

Puberty is a name for the time when you start to change from a child to an adult. Puberty is normal—it happens to everyone. You'll go through a lot of changes, but you will still be YOU—with some important differences. This is one girl’s story.

I am Thandi and I live in South Africa. When I turned 13 my skin changed. My back and shoulders were full of pimples and my thighs and legs had stretch marks. It was hard to be happy because I was always so aware of how bad my skin looked.

I would always wear a cap to cover the pimples and blackheads on my face, especially on my forehead. I would wear long sleeves and a long skirt. Anything to cover up.

I felt very depressed, because people were mean to me. Also, I believed that no guy would want to date a person with such bad skin, so I stayed at home and didn’t go out much.

But things changed when I met a guy at my church. He was sweet to me and after we had been friends for a while he told me that he loved everything about me. I could not believe it!

He helped me look past what was on the outside. I know I am a good person I just got so upset about the way I looked that I forgot to love and care for my body.

I have accepted the stretch marks but I have started to really look after myself more. I wash my face twice a day with soap and water. I exercise and avoid oily food. I know the pimples will clear up eventually.

I used to cry every day because people were so mean about the way I looked. But I am not going to hide behind closed doors anymore.

I have love and pride in my heart and no matter what I look like on the outside, am going to focus on my education and my future, because that is what is really important.

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