Saturday 23 September 2017

Irish model Maeve Madden on beating her adult acne: 'You can't put a price on confidence'

Maeve Madden transformed her skin. Images: Instagram/Maeve Madden
Maeve Madden transformed her skin. Images: Instagram/Maeve Madden
Maeve Madden transformed her skin. Image: Maeve Madden/Instagram
Maeve Madden/Instagram
Model Maeve Madden shared this before and after photo on Instagram
Maeve Madden. Picture: Instagram
Maeve Madden/Instagram
Irish model Maeve Madden shared pictures of her skin journey on Instagram
Maeve Madden/Instagram
Maeve Madden/Instagram
Maeve Madden/Instagram
Maeve Madden/Instagram
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Irish model and fitness guru Maeve Madden has revealed how she treated her adult acne and transformed her skin.

The social media star shared a post with her 99,000 Instagram followers detailing how she treated her adult acne through a strict skincare regime and lifestyle changes.

Irish model Maeve Madden shared pictures of her skin journey on Instagram
Irish model Maeve Madden shared pictures of her skin journey on Instagram

Speaking to Independent.ie, Maeve said she only started experiencing problems with her skin three years ago, and they began to affect her career as a model.

"I never had problems with my skin until 2014. I always had clear skin, but then it was triggered by my polycystic ovaries. It was so frustrating because it happened all of a sudden.

"After a while, I just got used to it. I was afraid to not wear makeup. It was holding me back when I was a model in London, because in castings I was told to take it off and I used to say, 'You can use Photoshop!'"

Eager to treat her skin without medicine, the Northern Irish model went to see a cosmetic dermatologist.

"I didn't want to go down the medicinal route, so in 2015 I went to see cosmetic dermatologist Dr Valli in London, who has a technique for getting rid of acne.

"She said that my diet would trigger inflammation, so we went through my diet and I made a lifestyle change. What goes in to your body comes out on your skin."

Much to her surprise, tests under UV light showed that Maeve had severe sun damage from using sun beds when she was an Irish dancer.

"She did some tests under UV light, and there was so much pigmentation in my skin. I had really bad sun damage from using sun beds when I was Irish dancing. I only used them seven or eight times, but they caused severe sun damage.

"I always wore SPF 50 on holidays, although when I was in Ireland I wouldn't. We were able to repair some of it, and now I wear SPF 50 every day, even in winter."

As for her diet, Maeve discovered that fizzy drinks, alcohol, sugar and dairy were "big triggers" for her skin, and has since learned that she suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), coeliac disease and food intolerances.

"I could have prevented such bad damage if I was more conscious of what I ate and being in the sun," she explained.

"I feel so much better now and eat foods to help my skin, like oily fish, avocado, almonds. I eat real foods. I watch labels, but I'm not obsessive. I don't count calories or macros, I just eat real food and that's what got me to where I am today.

"Around the same time in 2015, I changed my lifestyle and got more into fitness. Before that, I wasn't fuelling my body properly, but once I did, everything changed. I always say, 'be the best version of yourself.'"

Maeve, who is also a personal trainer, advises anyone suffering from adult acne to "have a good look at your nutrition and your lifestyle and what you're eating."

"We all know what's good and what's not. If you really want something, you'll do it. Small changes every day make big results.

"Look at the products that you're using as well. We spend so much money on creams and facials anyway, so you might as well invest it and go to see a cosmetic dermatologist. Go to a specialist in acne and use their recommended products. That's what worked for me.

"You can't put a price on confidence. The worst thing you can do is wear makeup to the gym. Your pores open when you sweat and they'll clog with makeup."

Nowadays, Maeve has stripped back the amount of makeup that she wears and is more confident in her skin.

"It's amazing now to be able to not wear makeup. I rarely wear foundation, just concealer and bronzer," she sayd.

Prevent ageing while you can rather than when it's too late.

"Watch your nutrition, use the right products and let your skin breathe. That will give you confidence. If you do it, do it all. Don't do it 50pc. As they say, if you eat well, you'll feel good and look good!"

Maeve Madden. Picture: Instagram
Maeve Madden. Picture: Instagram

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