I'll be 27 on Thursday and I still have persistent but probably technically "moderate" acne. It's actually gotten much worse over the years, and when it's bad I can look quite disfigured (thankfully, it hasn't caused appreciable scarring).
Every year I think "well, I'm finally old enough to be free of this, aren't I?" Nope, F you, my body replies. I'm tempted to go the antibiotics route, but there are myriad side issues related to that.
I enjoyed the article but until there's an issue-free cure I severely doubt the social effects of acne will go away. That's what's so sinister about it - there's apparently nothing we can do about it without causing other problems, it affects almost everyone at some point, and it's essentially benign - and yet there's a huge, probably evolutionarily-wired social stigma about it.
Even though I know better than to judge based on it, I still get a vague negative feeling about people when they have acne or other facial disfigurement. You can't help it. I'm conditioned to empathize and not judge harshly since often I probably look worse, but it seems clear that most people aren't like that and that that won't change anytime soon. Oh well.