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Woman With Chronic Acne Shows Off ‘Life-Changing’ Transformation

Woman With Chronic Acne Shows Off ‘Life-Changing’ Transformation

One woman whose acne was so bad she'd even wear makeup in bed to cover her spots from her boyfriend has shown off her incredible skin transformation.

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Ellie Rutland-Jones, a nurse from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, said she'd tried every cream, medication and even contraception possible to cure the acnes that she'd suffered with all through her teenage years.

The 21-year-old, who admitted to taking days off school because of her self-esteem, would even wear a full face of foundation in bed with her boyfriend Jordan Jaworski, 21.

But Ellie had a breakthrough when she returned to her GP to try controversial roaccutane - also called isotretinoin - after hearing about the amazing results that a friend had using it.

Ellie used to suffer with large, red spots all over her face (Credit: Kennedy News)
Ellie used to suffer with large, red spots all over her face (Credit: Kennedy News)

Aware of the drug's side effects, Ellie began a six month course in October 2019, and is now showing off her transformed complexion.

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"Even around Jordan, I was self-conscious and I would go to sleep in makeup," says Ellie, whose face was once covered in large, painful red spots.

"He had seen my acne and was aware of my face but even then, when it got really bad I would cover it and go to bed in it.

"It was to make myself feel more confident in front of him. It had never bothered him.

"I would make sure I was wearing a scarf and full face of makeup to go to the shops. It would affect the smallest parts of my day to day."

Ellie would even wear foundation in makeup with her boyfriend (Credit: Kennedy News)
Ellie would even wear foundation in makeup with her boyfriend (Credit: Kennedy News)

She continued: "I didn't care what other people thought, but I was really bothered about how I felt. I had to have days off school because it would affect my self-esteem so much.

"It really affected me mentally, especially with all of my friends because I was the only one who suffered with it. Going through school, it was exaggerated by the changes in my hormones.

"There were days when I would just cry and cry. Mum would give me the day off school when it was that bad.

"At that point too, social media was really starting to kick off, and that really played a big part in my self esteem.

"All I would see there was celebrities with nice skin. I was always comparing my skin to other people's and it really did add up."

Ellie started a six month treatment on roaccutane in October 2019 (Credit: Kennedy News)
Ellie started a six month treatment on roaccutane in October 2019 (Credit: Kennedy News)

Ellie spent years going back and forth to the doctors, with no luck, until she cut out all contraception, which cleared up her skin for one year before starting university.

"As soon as I started my university course, it broke out again and has never really gone away. I'm not sure if that was the stress but until I started on roaccutane, it wouldn't go away," explains Ellie.

"I went back to the GP for one final time after one of my close friends had amazing results on roaccutane. They referred me and the effects have been great.

"Roaccutane was life changing for me. I never thought I would be one of those people with nice, clear skin.

"I knew the side effects and researched the medication before and it did scare me off a little bit."

The nurse's skin is looking better than ever (Credit: Kennedy News)
The nurse's skin is looking better than ever (Credit: Kennedy News)

It's important to read up on all of them before making a decision.

"I did have some dry skin and lips and a couple of nosebleeds but I definitely don't regret doing the course," says Ellie.

Ellie is seeing real results on the acne treatment (Credit: Kennedy News)
Ellie is seeing real results on the acne treatment (Credit: Kennedy News)

"I do get the odd spot here and [there these days] while wearing a mask all day for nursing, but that's because of sweat and bacteria, not because of the acne.

"From personal experience, I would advise people not to be put off by the side effects of roaccutane and to try it. If you do get any, you can just come off them.

"I had just accepted I would never be the person with nice skin but I want to show that there is hope out there for people."

While Ellie's transformation is incredible, it's worth noting that the same results can't be guaranteed for everyone and you should really chat to your GP for more advice.

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News

Topics: acne, Hair and Beauty, Health

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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