Hitting Acne Where it Hurts
By the time Erik arrived at the office of Orange County Dermatologist Nissan Pilest, the 15 year-old was in big trouble with his skin.
The physician recalled, “His face and neck were covered with extremely painful cysts, pus-filled pimples and angry red acne scars. Acne punished not just his face, but his back and shoulders, too. It was a summer day and he wore a turtle neck sweater and a baseball cap pulled low over his eyes.
“You could see that the pain of his skin was nothing compared to the pain in his soul. He was distraught, angry and visibly fought to hold back the tears.”
When Erik came in that first day, he scowled at everyone, mumbled that it was his mother’s idea and complained that he didn’t have any reason to be there, “since nothing’s going to work anyway.”
Dr. Pilest told Erik he was delighted to have him in the office because he could see the future. He promised Erik that he would ” look definitively different in a matter of weeks.”