To those of you who are new around here, my name is Joanna and I am The Blemished Beauty Blogger.
This is me. Well actually; half of me.
For all you blemished beauties out there; I know it can be hard to bare your face without makeup and how debilitating life with acne can be.
I’ve been covering up for thirteen years and right now is the best my skin has ever been. Today I have mainly scarring and a manageable amount of spots.
Five years ago, it was a different story. I had painful cysts all over my back and chest to the point that even wearing clothes caused me discomfort. I remember basic every day things being painful: hugging a friend, carrying a bag on my shoulder, sitting back in a chair.
After posting this picture on social media, the response has been overwhelming. When you talk openly about your insecurities, you give people the opportunity to share theirs. And you realise, you’re not alone.
It turns out we are all worried about something!
We live in a visual world; exposed to altered images where imperfections are erased, making clear skin seem like an impossible goal.
The biggest hurdle I have had to overcome with acne, is not the spots themselves but the way it makes me feel.
It was only when I started to appreciate and love my blemished self that my acne stopped controlling everything I did… or more appropriately didn’t do.
Surround yourself with makeup not negativity.
If it wasn’t for good makeup over the last decade, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to achieve everything I have today.
It’s true that some makeup can actually make your skin worse. But, there are some brands of foundations that contain acne defying formulas to treat your blemishes whilst you cover up.
A real turning point for me was in 2015. I was offered my dream job at the most idillic destination on the caribbean sea. I knew it would be life changing… if I let it.
Doubt crept in and I considered declining the position; conscious of how my skin might behave in a hot country.
Self confidence is a super power. Once you start to believe in yourself, magic starts happening.
Thankfully I decided to stop doubting and start doing. If I had to have spots for the rest of my life then so be it. But I could not let it stop me from following my dreams.
This change in mindset was the best gift I have ever given myself.
Since then, I’ve smashed my career goals and created more business opportunities for the future.
I’ve met some truly inspirational, motivating and gifted people and enjoyed experiences with them that I will cherish forever.
And within my first two weeks of my new job, I met my best friend and the most important person in my life. Chris.
Without acne holding me back I have so much to smile about. And although I still have acne, I know that people aren’t looking at my skin. They are looking at how happy I am.