For people suffering from acne and frequent cysts the world could be a difficult place to adjust in. There’s so much of shaming and humiliation that goes on all in the name of free speech and democracy. And with social media it feels like everyone has a right to call you names, humiliate you, and bring you down for being you.
Fashion designer Masaba Gupta, daughter of actress Nina Gupta and former West Indies cricketer Sir Vivian Richards, posted an inspiring Instagram post that talks about her struggle with acne.
It's taken me a LOT to put up this picture. But I felt like I had to. Ofcourse acne is common & weight problems are common and people deal with it and get over it with time. But what do you do when your bang in the middle of it ? Ive had terrible acne for 14yrs and by terrible I mean , most days it looked like I had a cigarette Stubbed in my face. Dark scars in my face & in my head. there were days I would refuse to leave home without putting powder on my face & refused to put any lights on in the room. Ive had men tell me they want to throw up when they see my face. Ive run out of my house to school with concealer on my face because I couldn't take it anymore. So many of you must be bang in the middle of this. Some extra weight , a whole lotta acne. The truth is .. you have to go with it. That also means you have to work at getting better. Better health,better skin. Better everything. It's wellbeing afterall. Don't live with what you don't like. Punch it out of your system! You have to cringe when you see yourself in the mirror , cry until you choke. DO.IT.ALL.but once your done with that you have to run your finger down all the clear,beautiful spots on you & you have to do it every single day. Brush your teeth. Practice confidence. Practice self-Estéem. Practice strength. Because we all know it will be knocked out of us 3 mins after we step out of home. Don't expect to read an article about 'beauty coming from the inside' and expect to wake up the next day feeling like your beautiful. Doesn't work like that. If beauty to you is stepping out with a face full of makeup then so be it. If it's about flaunting your scars. So be it. But when you come back home & the lights are out. And every tear has been shed with every remark that Hit you.. until you build your wall & you will be the biggest,bestest version of everything that has happened to you. Collect your scars & build them into something beautiful. #throwback
Gupta dealt with severe acne growing up, and was so conscious she wouldn’t leave home without a face full of concealer. She had low self-esteem and wanted to hide herself in darkness. The designer struggled with acne for over 14 years, and now at 28, she has finally learnt to survive by adopting a healthier life. She has become strong and built her self-esteem. According to an old interview, she uses the Clinique cleanser and Cetaphil moisturiser.
P.S. In case you’re dealing with the same issues, it’s best to contact a certified dermatologist, who would then put you on specific medication and also suggest the best skin products for your skin.
P.S.S. Natasha’s Tip: If you’ve tried all anti-acne products and nothing seems to work, try products made for sensitive skin type. That cleared up my acne, that I struggled with for over six years. Harsh chemicals like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide only worsened my skin. I now use a Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and aloe vera as a face moisturiser. It works!