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Face to face with acne

Striking medical portraits show historical acne sufferers from the 19th century with their blemishes illustrated in vivid hues. Aisha Mazhar shares her reflections on these detailed depictions through her own experience of severe acne.

Words by Aisha Mazhar

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About the author

Photograph of Aisha Mazhar

Aisha Mazhar

Aisha is on the Wellcome Trust Graduate scheme. Prior to joining Wellcome, she studied History at King’s College London and co-hosted a radio show for the university’s own radio station.