You know that anti-steroids commercial? The one with the discus thrower statue guy crumbling? That one?
Well, that commercial sucks.
Not because it sends the wrong message, but because it gives kids the idea that they will reach statuesque Olympian heights before they succumb. And when they do fall apart, they will do so metaphorically — and legs first.
Wired has a better suggestion. Why not show them these seriously fucked up pictures of one man’s struggle against the worst chest acne you will ever see in your entire life.
The photos are of a 21-year-old amateur German bodybuilder whose chest exploded with acne after cycling anabolic steroids to get his pump on. The clinical snapshots are enough to make me want to crawl into my coffee mug (which says “World’s #1 Blogger”) to escape the searing eye pain.
Doctors ordered the patient to quit steroids and start taking antibiotics. Two months later, the acne was gone. So was the muscle. Only gruesome scarring remained — and as his doctors wrote last week in the Lancet, that “is likely to remain with the young man for the rest of his life.”
Here’s the first picture. The full set — including much graphic nastiness — is after the jump.
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