A NEWPORT man who left school early because his acne was so severe has launched his own skincare business after raising £5,000 through crowdfunding.

Jordan Sully, 31, of Amelia Way, left Chepstow Comprehensive School at the age of 16 after the fear of being bullied took over his life.

Having suffered with horrific outbreaks from the age of 15, dermatologists put Mr Sully on Roaccutane, a powerful steroid with side effects that have been linked to depression in some cases.

The steroid is so intense that dermatologists recommend that no one should be put on the drug more than three times in their whole life.

Having already been prescribed the treatment three times, Mr Sully reluctantly accepted acne as part of his everyday life for more than a decade before taking matters into his own hands when he developed his own skincare routine last year.

Using ingredients including jojoba, apricot, witch hazel and pumice, Mr Sully has devised 12 products that have all been approved by toxicologists following lab testing under EU regulations in Croydon.

Whether it’s cleansers and toners or moisturisers and creams, Mr Sully believes he has found the natural formula that can help an estimated 12 million acne sufferers in the UK.

Mr Sully launched these products at Indycube in Cardiff earlier this week after raising £5,000 from 103 backers in just 56 days of crowdfunding.

Speaking at the launch of his online business, he said: “It is an unbelievable feeling to finally get over the line and turn the idea into a business.

“It was amazing to see people taking an interest in the sample products I had on display and trying them on their skin for the first time.

"Living with acne has been the biggest battle of my life and this has been a journey of therapy. 

“It now feels worth all the pain and I want to use the experience to help other acne sufferers."

For more information on Mr Sully’s new business, visit www.naturaldermatology.com.