It takes courage to struggle with acne on your own, let alone share your journey with thousands of people on the internet. But Kaschan Rebuar, a 22-year-old university student, decided to do just that to document her skin progress. Her intent when she started her Instagram account @my.acne.diary wasn't to connect with so many other people dealing with the same thing she was — she just wanted to track her own acne progress on the platform. What Rebuar ended up doing was attracting an audience of over 6,000 followers and inspiring others through self-love and acne-positivity.
Rebuar started experiencing acne when she was 11 years old on her back and chest, but because it wasn't noticeable to others, she didn't pay much attention to it — until it got much worse. "It started to get painful to lie down flat on my back," Rebuar told POPSUGAR. "That was when I first started to become insecure about it, roughly age 12, and it started to hinder parts of my life, like going to swimming classes because I was too embarrassed."
That went on for years, with Rebuar only seeing temporary progress from different creams and antibiotics her doctor prescribed her, until her face started to break out when she was 16. "It started with my forehead, then slowly started to take over my whole face, to a point where it became difficult to see anything but bumps of redness on my face," Rebuar said. "Since then, I've been struggling with acne primarily on my face." That was six years ago.