A WOMAN who thought she was too old for acne has vowed to ditch the photo editing apps because they made her feel “like a catfish” online.
Kat Neubrand, 30, developed cystic acne last year, but since embracing her natural skin online, the dental administrator says she’s become more confident in real life.
Despite never having spots as a teenager, when Kat turned 30 last summer, she began developing painful cystic acne.
Over time, the acne became bigger and more inflamed, leaving Kat feeling depressed, alone and wondering how it could have happened.
Feeling self-conscious, she would hide behind heavy make-up as well as photo editing apps like Facetune, but in December, when her acne flared worse than ever, she decided enough was enough.
Now, Kat has ditched the editing apps, instead posting unfiltered photographs and promoting skin positivity.
“Growing up, I never really had any skin problems besides some breakouts here and there, which started in my early twenties,” explained Kat.
“It wasn’t until I turned 30 that my cystic acne became more severe. I started breaking out more frequently and the breakouts became bigger and more inflamed as time went on.
“I felt really depressed at first. I asked myself, ‘why is this happening to me?’, ‘aren’t I too old for acne?’, I also felt really alone because none of my friends or family had or have cystic acne.
“December 2018 was the worst of it all and that’s when I decided that I need to stop hiding behind filters and Facetune and share my real face and story on Instagram.
“My acne became so bad that I wasn’t able to hide it anymore, nor did I want to keep editing my photos. I felt like I was being a catfish on social media and I made the decision that enough is enough.
“It was terrifying, but I received so much support that I knew this was the right thing to do.
“Ever since then I’ve been posting unedited photos, sharing my struggles with acne, depression and anxiety in hopes that I can help someone else who struggles with those things.
“I received an out pour of support from my friends, as well as so many strangers which I wasn’t expecting.
“Being able to share that support with others and helping them has been incredibly rewarding. Acne is completely normal and no one should have to feel ashamed for it.
“Sharing my story on Instagram has helped me in multiple ways. I’m able to speak my truth and I’m no longer hiding my insecurities.
“It has made me become more confident in real life and I’m just so appreciative of all the people supporting me on this journey. I no longer feel like I’m alone in this.”
Kat has received an overwhelming amount of support on social media, helping her to embrace her acne scars.
She now has a gentle skincare routine that she uses to cleanse and moisturise her skin and she takes Spironolactone which she has taken since November 2018.
Since having her contraceptive implant, which she has had for two years removed last month, more of her acne has cleared.
“You don’t need filters and Photoshop to be beautiful. Just because that’s all we see on TV and in magazines, doesn’t make it realistic,” she explained.
“We need to stop chasing unrealistic beauty ideals, just because society thinks they know what is supposed to be beautiful.
“Filters and Photoshop only create more insecurities for us. They make us hide behind a mask because we don’t think we fit into society’s beauty mould. Different is beautiful. Your imperfections make you beautiful.
“I would like to spread the message of skin positivity. I want people to feel confident in their skin, no matter what. I want society to normalise acne and acne scars and stop the Photoshop.
“I want people to see that they don’t need perfect skin to be beautiful and most of all that they are not alone in their struggles.
“I know it would help tremendously to see models with acne or even actors and actresses with acne on TV and in movies.
“We are constantly comparing ourselves to others, so I think it’s crucial to have a realistic representation of people with acne or acne scars in the media.”
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