Sixteen-year-old Amber Jackson is using her experiences of battling with acne to help others cope with the condition. Her aim is to make people understand what it is like to have acne – from the physical pain to discrimination and bullying.
She said: “I don’t think many people realise just how distressing acne can be.
“There is so much peer pressure to look good, especially for teenagers. And that’s on top of the stress of studying and exams.”
Amber first started developing acne when she was 12 or 13 but then it became severe last December. She tried a range of treatments but nothing really worked until she got in contact with a dermatologist earlier this year.
Amber said: “I now know there are so many people in a similar position to me who are unhappy because they have acne or look different. It can affect boys too.
“But for them it is often even more difficult because it is not generally socially acceptable for boys to use makeup to conceal it.”
She also contacted Changing Faces, a national charity which supports and advises people with visible differences, from acne and eczema to burns and facial paralysis.
The charity was so impressed by her attitude and communication skills, she has now been invited to become one of its champions and sit on its Young People’s Council.
Amber said: “I’m really excited about this opportunity. I hope to raise awareness, change attitudes and help with fund-raising.”
“Since I have started to talk openly about my acne, my friends, and even people I don’t know, via my You Tube channel and blog, have confided in me and asked for advice.
“Others have congratulated me on having the confidence to speak out.
“Somehow I have found increased confidence and comfort in knowing I am not alone. I also really enjoy being able to help others.”
For more details visit Changing Faces.