Suddenly I started to get these big, painful, lumps along my jaw, chin, mouth and neck. I’d had the odd pimple at high-school, but not like this. This was next level. They were almost like boils. It was even inside my nose and ears. Sometimes they came to a head in the form of a big, angry pustule (sorry for the details), while others just remained there under the surface causing pressure and pain… sometimes for weeks. And for added value, each lump left a purple scar that would take months to go away. I discovered later this is called “cystic acne”.