The vast majority of people will suffer from acne at some point in their lives and teenagers are particularly susceptible to it. The blemishes and spots it causes can have a devastating effect on their confidence, which puts some sufferers at a higher risk of anxiety and depression.
In fact, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, affecting 50 million Americans a year.
When I suffered from mild acne as a teenager, I unknowingly worsened the condition by incessantly attempting to cover my spots with cheap makeup. Thankfully, it went away in my late teens, but some people suffer well into adulthood.
Eighty percent of adult acne suffers are women, who are unfortunately more at risk of the condition because of fluctuating hormone levels.
People with the condition are also at risk of suffering from the self-confidence issues which acne can cause. This is because of the media’s portrayal of the models and celebrities immaculate skin. However, one teen from Colorado decided that she’d had enough of trying to cover her acne.
She is pictured below before revealing what her skin looks like without makeup.
Seventeen-year-old Hailey Wait recently opened up about her struggle with acne on Instagram, revealing that she had suffered from the condition since she was 11 or 12 years old, which was when she began puberty, and horrifyingly, she was bullied because of it.
“People would tell me everything from ‘pizza face’ to death threats, saying that anyone with as much acne as I had didn’t deserve to be alive,” she said in an email, Cosmpolitian reported.