Hailey Wait, a 17-year old Instagram acne blogger from Colorado, is a courageous young girl who is has found a great way to battle the stigma of acne!
Hailey, who previously refused to leave the house without multiple layers of foundation, has now decided to normalize acne by giving up on all of the makeup effort, and has gone all out and posted makeup-free photos of herself!
Now known famously as the acne blogger, Hailey decided to exhibit her pimples boldly on the social media, accepting the cystic acne she has been suffering from since she was only 11.
After struggling with years of pain and meaningless shame, the she now asserts that she doesn’t need to cover her spots with thick layers of makeup anymore, and is now comfortable in her skin.
In an interview with Barcroft TV, Hailey described her heart-wrenching story:
“I was overwhelmed when I first saw my acne spread. It started with my cheeks and then it went to my chin and then my forehead and then it kind of went all over the place.
“It’s difficult because you can’t get rid of it right away and it always feels like there is a little monster egg in your face but you can’t get rid of it. Every time you bump into it or barely touch it or something it feels like your face is on fire.”
She added, “It was too painful. I remember one night crying in my bed because I was just in so much pain.”
The acne blogger boldly shared her worst moments.
She said, “When my acne was at its worst I just felt like I was gross. It was red and splotchy and I just felt like a garbage can. I felt disgusting. I felt like I wasn’t pretty. I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere, which is silly because everybody or at least more people get acne.”
The teenager further explained how hard it was to face all that at school.
“I had a lot of people at school, kind of, just give me dirty looks. They’d call me ‘pizza face’ – you know, those generic acne terms.”
She continued, “I felt so insecure about myself that I couldn’t leave the house without foundation. Sometimes I would even not go anywhere but still put on make-up just so I didn’t feel gross and that’s definitely changed now.”
Hailey now wants to fight the battle for all those who are humiliated for having bumpy skin. She encourages sufferers by uploading her natural face, telling them they have nothing to be ashamed of.
The acne blogger told Barcroft regarding makeup:
“I stopped wearing it because I just noticed it wasn’t doing anything for me. It was only hiding me and I felt like every time I walked out of the door I wasn’t being myself.
“I feel like I have embraced my acne by not hiding it anymore and just kind of be real with myself and real with other people.”
Her friend, Emma Baroni, revealed, “Before Hailey started feeling more confident about her acne, you could tell she was more shut in. You could really tell the difference now that she has accepted her acne.
“All of her Instagram pictures are very open and honest with no makeup, no filters. She doesn’t wear foundation anymore and you can tell she is just comfortable with herself.”
The acne blogger’s socialite’s father, Lance Wait, said, “I think sometimes I do feel she is sometimes insecure but still she is working on.”
”I mean young adults have all gone through that. It takes time and she is in a good place now. She is really been embracing that.”
Lance praised his daring daughter and her confidence, saying, “It’s huge for me to see her confidence level come up and her embracing the acne and even putting a picture on Instagram like who does that, so that’s to me a lot of confidence.”
It has only been a few months since Hailey decided to become an acne blogger and fight the taboo, and she already has 97,000 followers on Instagram. She proves every day that anyone can be beautiful – regardless of their skin.
Hailey elaborated how it all started.
She said, “I had a lot of people at school give me dirty looks. People would call me pizza face and generic acne terms. People treated me a lot differently when I had foundation, I feel like people treated me amazing. I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to look amazing.”
The bold young girl added, “When I started posting more with my real face and without any foundation I definitely got a lot of hate at first because people weren’t used to that.
“I would get a lot of comments telling me to clean my face, as if I wasn’t already doing that and I would get loads and loads of acne advice, even though I never asked.”
The rebellious acne blogger now inspires her fans to stay true and love the way they are. She further said:
“I feel like I have 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 the perfect skin. For me acne just represents humanity because it’s something that a lot of us have.
“Even if somebody doesn’t have acne, chances are that they know somebody with acne it doesn’t make them a bad person. It doesn’t make me a bad person. It doesn’t make me gross. It just means that I have acne and it will go away.”
The teen acne blogger is confident in herself and and now spends most days without makeup or even filters.
She told Barcroft TV:
“I think I will stop wearing foundation for the most part unless I am doing like some special event. Even then I feel like I really do want to just embrace my face and just go without it. I hope my story regarding acne really helps people to realize that just because you have these imperfections doesn’t mean you are not amazing.”
“It doesn’t mean you can’t be successful, it doesn’t mean you can’t be glamorous. Beauty is so much more than your face,” Haily Wait concluded.