Patient Journeys

We have recently launched a program collecting our patients’ stories regarding the private and sometimes difficult journeys taken to reclaim healthy beautiful skin and self confidence.

Please enjoy reading the Journeys below – I think you’ll find them both poignant and eye-opening. The path to healthy skin is varied and can be challenging, but that there is hope if you know where to look for it.

In Good Health,
Julie Kenner, MD, Ph.D

Do you have a Journey to share? Click the button above to submit your own personal story (which will be posted anonymously), to share with others.

JG, 18, Seaside

I first noticed my acne when I was around fourteen years old, which was my freshman year of high school. This was really tough on me because of all the social and beauty pressures freshman year of high school held. Not to mention, I also had braces so I...

DG, 20, Marina

My treatment began with Dr Kenner in 2016 when I was 18 years old. Throughout my teen years, I suffered from acne that was mainly inflammatory. There were numerous treatments that I used to treat my acne that I obtained from local drugstores and high-end...

ZE, 19, Carmel

My acne started around seventh grade. It started out with just having super oily skin, to blackheads, and then progressing to large cystic pimples. Every adult I knew would just repeat the same thing to me, “wash your face”. However, this made me...

CR, 22, Pebble Beach

I began struggling with acne at age 16 during my junior year of high school. Not only did I feel self-conscious about the acne on my face, I also began to develop acne on my back and chest that made me reluctant to wear certain clothes that I loved. The...

PK, 19, Pebble Beach

I first began having acne in 8th grade and began my skincare journey. I used products from drugstores for a while before going to a dermatologist to help get it sorted out. She gave me prescriptions for different topicals to help control the acne....

MO, 18, Monterey

For many, middle school is a period categorized as “hellish” and unfortunately unforgettable, and quite honestly, it was the same for me. I was already experiencing a lot of inner and outer turmoil at the time, but my self-confidence, which was already...

ES, 20, Pomona

Throughout high school, I have never had a big problem with acne. Even when wearing football pads and helmet, my skin only broke out in a select few places with very little intensity. Needless to say, I was never really self-conscious of the way I looked,...