Sunday 19 November 2017

Irish blogger Rosie Connolly praised for makeup-free selfie of acne: 'My skin issues do not make me ugly'

Rosie Connolly. Image: Instagram
Rosie Connolly. Image: Instagram
Rosie Connolly shared her struggles with acne. Image: Instagram
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Irish blogger Rosie Connolly has been praised for sharing a makeup-free selfie showing her acne after years of struggling with her skin.

Fashion and beauty blogger Rosie, who has over 149,000 followers on Instagram, shared a photo of her bare skin, saying she was "laying it all on the table."

"My skin, unfiltered, no makeup, no products. I've suffered from acne since I was about 18 and have gone through every product, every medication and every remedy you can think of," she wrote.

"Some worked, most didn't, but right now nothing is healing it. It's painful, inflamed, irritated and is of course taking its toll on my confidence. Why am I posting it here for the world to see?? Well, I'm 27, happily engaged with a gorgeous little boy, amazing friends and family, living a life I love, but I STILL get so hung up on my skin and allow it to get me down, change my mood and batter my self esteem."

Laying it all on the table... my skin, unfiltered, no makeup, no products. I've suffered from acne since I was about 18 and have gone through every product, every medication and every remedy you can think of. Some worked, most didn't, but right now nothing is healing it. It's painful, inflamed, irritated and is of course taking its toll on my confidence. Why am I posting it here for the world to see?? Well, I'm 27, happily engaged with a gorgeous little boy, amazing friends and family, living a life I love, but I STILL get so hung up on my skin and allow it to get me down, change my mood and batter my self esteem. So I can only imagine how much harder it would of been for me if I was a teen growing up now with acne. So many flawless pictures all over social media lead you to believe that you're the only one who's suffering or "flawed" 😏 YOU'RE NOT! I can promise you that. I have had HUNDREDS of messages from you all on Snapchat in the last 24 hours after my honest chats last night, and it shocks me to hear how many people have felt so ashamed of their skin problems, young or old. Do I want to show my skin like this....? Hell no! But does it change me as a person... absolutely not. My skin issues do not define me, they do not make me "ugly", they are nothing to be ashamed of and for that reason, I'm sharing with you all. If it helps just ONE person to accept themselves for who they are, "flaws" and all, then it was worth it ❤ #HonestPost #Acne #SkinProblems #NoFilter #Honest #KeepingItReal

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The mother-of-one highlighted how social media can hugely affect people's confidence, but it's important to remember that not everything is as it seems online.

"So I can only imagine how much harder it would of been for me if I was a teen growing up now with acne. So many flawless pictures all over social media lead you to believe that you're the only one who's suffering or 'flawed.' YOU'RE NOT! I can promise you that.

"Do I want to show my skin like this....? Hell no! But does it change me as a person... absolutely not. My skin issues do not define me, they do not make me 'ugly', they are nothing to be ashamed of and for that reason, I'm sharing with you all. If it helps just ONE person to accept themselves for who they are, 'flaws' and all, then it was worth it."

Since the post was shared last night, it has received over 14,000 likes and hundreds of comments praising Rosie for her honesty.

Rosie Connolly shared her struggles with acne. Image: Instagram
Rosie Connolly shared her struggles with acne. Image: Instagram

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