A woman has shared photos of her severe acne online, claiming the painful condition makes her feel like a ‘monster’.
Mum-of-two Steph Klassen, who is 29-years-old, said her acne came up unexpectedly in September and has been getting gradually worse ever since.
“Yep that’s right, almost 30 freaking years old and this happens.
It’s #painful it’s #ugly it’s #debilitating,” Steph wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of her swollen face.
“I’m trying my absolute best to be #positive to not hide myself away but carry on.
“I won’t lie, it’s not easy. Some days are sunshine rainbows and puppies lol others are bawl in a fetal position for hours.”
Steph developed sever cystic acne when she was 25-years-old and pregnant.
However, tragically she ended up losing the baby at 18 weeks when she contracted sepsis and doctors had to fight to save her life.
Now, she’s on 20mg of acne medication isotretinoin, two daily hormone balancing capsules, turmeric capsules, iodine drops and hormone balancing cream (not on face).
She also uses aloe vera gel straight from the plant on her face and she’s limited what she eats by cutting out inflammatory foods.
“It’s so hard to not assume that everyone is staring at me and thinking “omg look at her face” my sense of self confidence is slightly aske,” she wrote online.
“I go out and iI have a hard time making eye contact or even holding my head high.
“I end up exhausted from trying to keep myself from bawling or just straight up losing it.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Steph said she has a “warped” image of herself now and some days she feels “like a monster”.
“The cysts were so deep they were hitting the nerve endings in my face,” she said.
“The feeling was like a million lightning bolts shooting all across my face.
“Sometimes I felt so helpless I'd just sit and cry.”
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