Hailey Wait had struggled with her cystic acne ever since she was 11 years old. She caked on heavy makeup to hide her imperfections but never quite felt like herself.
In the video below, posted on January 1, 2018, the 17-year-old explains, “It started in my cheeks, and then it went to my chin and my forehead — and it kind of just went all over the place. It was too painful,” adding, “When my acne was at its worst, I just felt I was gross.”
She continues, “I’ve had a lot of people at school just give me dirty looks. They would call me Pizza Face.”
Because of her bullies, Hailey felt she wasn’t pretty and didn’t fit in. She was so insecure about her acne, she wouldn’t leave the house without foundation on.
One day, Hailey stopped wearing her foundation and began accepting her skin for what it was. She began posting selfies featuring her bare skin on social media. While some people became even more critical of her looks, it didn’t stop the teen from trying to help other people with acne.
By continuing to post bare-skin selfies, she wanted to show other teens that it was OK to embrace their acne, too.
In the video, Hailey says, “I feel like I’ve influenced a lot of people that have insecurities in general by setting an example and showing that it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have perfect skin.”
Check out Hailey’s entire story in the video below, and please SHARE if you’re glad she’s made peace with her skin and refuses to let anyone or anything get her down!
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