Olivia Molly Rogers has shared side-by-side photos of her troubled skin, with an important “reminder” about the effects of “makeup and lighting”.
Olivia Molly McKeone (née Rogers) has shared an important “reminder” about the effects of “makeup and lighting” with side-by-side images of her face, days after speaking out about her battle with adult acne.
The former Miss Universe Australia shared the photos with her 186,000 Instagram followers on Tuesday, showcasing her new brunette haircut as well as an update on her skin tone.
“Swipe to see my skin right now – a reminder that makeup and lighting do wonders,” the 30-year-old captioned the photos.
“It cleared up quite a bit in the last week, fingers crossed it continues to improve.”
Generally thought of as a teenage problem, experts say acne has become increasingly prevalent among adult women in recent years.
Last week, Olivia shared in a lengthy post that she was struggling with acne again, having experienced it since she was 13.
“With everything going on in the world, I realize that problematic skin is a trivial subject, but I just want to share this for anyone struggling with their skin right now. Because I know it does not seem insignificant to you,” she wrote.
“Thursday I’m 30, I had acne for the first time at 13. It’s been 17 years of incessant acne and I feel frustrated and fed up. I’ve already posted about my skin, but I probably don’t do it as often as I should. It still feels daunting because every time I share it, I open myself up to unsolicited comments, advice, and recommendations, which is not really not the reason I’m posting at all.
“I think it’s important to separate my flow and yours with makeup-free skin and breakouts and scars and all. So that’s where I’m at with my skin right now. It’s inflamed and persistently painful Earlier this year it was fine but the breakouts are back with a vengeance.
She added that over the past 17 years she has “tried everything” to try to help her skin.
“Antibiotics, ro-accutane, hardcore products that burned my skin and bleached my towels and clothes, gentle products, invasive treatments, laser, needling, it works,” she explained.
“I’ve had blood tests to see my hormones and digestion tests and tried to change my diet (but it’s tricky because of my history with an eating disorder, I want to be careful about not triggering old habits or thoughts).”
Acne specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Dr. John S Barbieri, said The New York Times in October that “because fewer of their peers have it, adult acne is more socially isolating than teenage acne, and it can have a huge impact on a person’s life.”
In a study of 50 adult women with moderate to severe acne, Dr. Barbieri and colleagues revealed the toll the condition can have on mental and emotional well-being.
Women often struggle with depression, anxiety and social isolation, with some taking “obsessive measures” to hide their acne from others and feeling less confident at work and in dating.
Olivia said she’s “currently working very closely” with her skin clinic and naturopath, and while she’s “hopeful and trusts the process,” she also “feels really overwhelmed right now.” .
“If you’ve had acne, you know the feeling – you can’t escape it because it literally stares you in the face every day,” she wrote at the end of her post.
“I’m certainly not asking for sympathy, and I know this is a minor issue in the scheme of things, but in this space where we so often see ‘perfect’ poreless, airbrushed, filtered skin, I want to share my raw skin and I hope all of you who also suffer from acne know that you are not alone in battling this condition.