I never had acne as a teenager—just a pimple here and there, but overall I was fortunate to have a clear complexion all throughout middle and high school. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-20’s that shit hit the fan. When I was 24 I started getting huge cysts on my face—painful, red and GIANT.   If you’ve never experienced acne like this before, it’s basically a zit that forms under your skin and then gets infected and inflamed. You can’t pop them, they hurt .