A mom felt so embarrassed about her severe acne after strangers looked at her and yelled at her on the street that she was dreading leaving the house.
Beccy Havercroft, 21, has suffered from spotting since she got pregnant and gave birth to baby Ayden three years ago – but the blemishes really got worse during the lockdown.
She had a flawless complexion in school, but suffered from cystic acne in her twenties.
The former barber, now a college social science student, said: “I never had acne when I was a teenager, never struggled with it in school and thought I had acne. luck.
“When I got pregnant at 16 I started having a few rashes but I thought it was normal. And then after I had my baby boy it started to get worse.
“He came back with a vengeance.”
She added: “When I was 20 it started to get really bad.
“But it was at the start of the first lockdown that my skin started to get worse. I tried so many different skin care brands, creams and skin care routines. Nothing worked.”
It was just last year, after courageously asking for help with TIC Tac, that Beccy – from Midlothian – began to gain confidence to leave the house face to face and kiss her skin.
After a wave of support from strangers and other acne sufferers, she is now documenting her journey of skin positivity on the social media platform.
The mother of one of them started treatment with roaccutane a month ago – a capsule prescribed by the NHS for severe acne – and has more than 2.1 million likes and 90,700 TikTok followers. A single video has been viewed by 9.5 million people.
And her incredible 30-minute makeups and continued honesty about purges and chapped lips have provided a refreshing, positive refuge for anyone struggling with their skin.
But it hasn’t always been easy for the 21-year-old, who suffered crippling anxiety over how she looked when her spots first developed.
Describing how she felt too embarrassed to even leave the house, Beccy told the Scottish Sun Online: “I struggled a bit with my self-confidence and social anxiety anyway, so it drew so many people. Warning.
“When I first got it I was so upset. I really didn’t want to leave the house with no makeup on or some days I just didn’t want to go out because I knew people were going to watch me on it. face It was so horrible.
“I literally just walked down the street and this guy walking past me yelled across the road ‘what happened to your face? “
What is roaccutane?
According to the NHS:
Isotretinoin capsules, a very effective treatment for severe acne, are also known by the brand names Roaccutane and Rizuderm.
The drug can have serious side effects and should be prescribed and supervised by a specialist doctor.
- Isotretinoin capsules start working after a week to 10 days. They work great – 4 out of 5 people who use them have fair skin after 4 months.
- You will have a blood test before you start taking isotretinoin and regular blood tests during your treatment.
- Your skin may become very dry and sensitive to the sun during treatment. Using lip balm and moisturizers will help.
- It is very important that you do not get pregnant while using isotretinoin capsules and for at least 1 month after stopping them. This is because isotretinoin can harm an unborn baby.
- If you become depressed or think about harming yourself while taking isotretinoin, stop taking the medicine and tell your doctor immediately.
“I really go out some days and I totally forget about my acne because now I have totally kissed it and I feel a lot more confident to leave the house.
“Then stuff like that reminds me that it’s actually there. That day I said ‘I just have really bad acne’ and he said ‘Sorry about that’.
“I think he thought something had happened, from a distance, it looks pretty bruised because it can be quite purple. It looks different from other people.
“If I go out with my son, the kids also come and ask me ‘what happened to your face?’ but children don’t have a filter, you can’t do without it.
“The first time a little boy said something to me, it hit me. It wasn’t pleasant. But I don’t take it personally anymore.”
Beccy started her TikTok Skin Positivity Account in the hopes that others with the condition will feel empowered to stay naked and kiss their skin.
She said, “With my TikTok, I want others to know that it can be more acceptable. I want acne to be more accepted and normalized.
“I’ve gotten so many messages from girls saying how much I’ve helped them feel confident and accepted in themselves. It’s like a small community.
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“The fact that a lot of people sat down and watched me put on makeup is crazy.
“It’s been good during the pandemic because it’s been very isolating. So having this little community and making friends with other girls on similar acne trips has been really nice.
“My family and friends tell me about it, but I don’t think it’s ever fully absorbed. I just take it as it comes, accept it and enjoy it.
“It’s about learning to love yourself, that’s the most important thing. My TikTok page has helped me do that, and I hope it helps others. That’s my main goal. “
- You can follow Beccy’s skin positivity journey here.
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