Acne is probably the most annoying and soul-crushing situation that any teenager can find themselves in. Due to some gynaecological abnormalities, I have suffered from acne since I was in elementary school and I still grow the occasional period pimple. I was lucky enough to go through mild acne, but not all people go through it the same way. Emma O’Mahoney is one of the many women who shared their acne stories and how it affected and still affects their life and their view about themselves. What happened with Emma is very rare. When she decided to go to the doctor and clear her face, the medication she was prescribed started affecting her eyesight and she almost went blind. She revealed her story in an Instagram post last October and reading the words is truly shuttering.
Emma still documents her struggles with acne
I think what she does is very inspiring.
Last year, she sent a powerful message of how acne medication almost left her blind
That honestly brought tears in my eyes.
At the hospital they told her that she was one day away from losing her eyesight
How crazy is that?
The beginning of her treatment
She started taking acne medication when she was 15 and after two years she started noticing severe pain at her back. For two and a half weeks she couldn’t do anything due to that pain.
Her sight started to worsen
Her sight was starting to blur and after countless of eye tests, doctors diagnosed her with intracranial hypertension, which is a potential side effect of doxycycline, which was the medication she was receiving for acne.
Starting to see again
After a year of medication and surgery, her eyesight started to come back, but she still has a lack of peripheral vision, a few blind spots, her low left eye in completely blind and she can’t see late at night.
Embracing her cystic acne
Emma has learned to love and embrace her face and her condition that will probably never leave her side. She tries to be positive and she spreads the message that we should love our bodies no matter what.
She is beautiful no matter how many red dots she has on her face
I always believed that you can never fully love and adore yourself unless you’ve seen it in its most ‘ugly’. If a perfect face is the most important feauture for many women, I believe that a healthy body and a loving heart is the key to a happy life. And I would say that I prefer a happy life, with a bunch of tiny imperfections than a perfect body with an unsatisfied heart.