Rebecca Mason, 31, has battled with cystic acne for much of her adult lifeShe spoke to FEMAIL about living with the crippling condition - and beating itRebecca has tried all sorts of medication, before turning to a holistic approachAt her worst, her confidence was so bad she missed out on a pay...
- Rebecca Mason, 31, has battled with cystic acne for much of her adult life
- She spoke to FEMAIL about living with the crippling condition – and beating it
- Rebecca has tried all sorts of medication, before turning to a holistic approach
- At her worst, her confidence was so bad she missed out on a pay rise at work
- After walking away from her corporate career, Rebecca helps other sufferers
When it comes to skin, many women know that our complexions can make or break our confidence.
Rebecca Mason knows this better than most.
The 31-year-old from Sydney has suffered with cystic acne for 16 years – the majority of her adult life. At times her confidence has been so bad that she missed out on an AUD $10,000 pay rise at work, stayed home for weeks and lost two relationships.
Here, Rebecca shares her story with FEMAIL – and why she is now on a mission to reduce the embarrassment and shame that surrounds acne.
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Rebecca Mason (pictured now), 31, from Sydney, has battled cystic acne her entire life – she shared her story and how she overcame her condition with FEMAIL
At one stage, Rebecca’s acne (pictured before and after) was so bad that she missed out on asking for a promotion in her corporate job in marketing
Rebecca explained to FEMAIL that she first started struggling with her skin when she was a teenager – but it wasn’t until she quit the pill that it really flared up (pictured now)
Rebecca explained to FEMAIL that she first started struggling with her skin when she was around 16 years old.
However, it wasn’t until she was 28 and came off the contraceptive pill that her cystic acne flared up hugely and became a ‘debilitating condition’:
‘My cystic acne came about as a result of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome [PCOS] – something which affects between 12 and 18 per cent of women in Australia,’ Rebecca told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Very quickly, it affected my confidence both at home and at work.
‘I felt like the ugly duckling giving presentations – and as if everyone was looking at my skin. I grew my hair long so that I could hide my face, and would call in sick to work when it was especially bad, hiding at home where I felt safe.’
Rebecca’s cystic acne came about as a result of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome [PCOS] – something which affects between 12 and 18 per cent of women in Australia
She explained that she felt like the ‘ugly duckling’ at work and would often call in sick (pictured before and after), such was her struggles with insecurities
At the time, Rebecca had a senior position in marketing – which required countless presentations and a degree of ‘show and tell’ in the office:
‘I was surrounded by so many beautiful women with clear complexions,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘Once, my acne was so bad I stayed home for a fortnight and my whole family had to push for me to leave the house. Even if everyone wasn’t looking at me, it felt like they thought I was disgusting.’
Rebecca’s struggle with her skin means she has ended two relationships (pictured trying enzyme therapy)
Rebecca’s acne also stopped her from captilaising on professional and social opportunities.
Not only did she lose out on asking for a $10,000 pay rise at work because she didn’t feel she ‘deserved it’, but she also lost two relationships because of her struggles with her skin:
‘I know now that I should have had the confidence to ask for a pay rise,’ she said. ‘I was adequate at the time.
‘But what starts out as insecurities with your skin can end up with everything being affected. I was a pathetic heap of a mess.’
Rebecca’s acne also meant that she refrained from asking for a promotion at work – she had a position in marketing and missed out on AUD $10,000 as a result (pictured now)
The 31-year-old (pictured) has tried many different approaches to tackle her skin – but she has found a holistic approach works best
Now, Rebecca swears by diet, exercise, good sleep and monthly enzyme treatments (pictured during an enzyme session)
While the 31-year-old has tried many different approaches to tackle her acne, Rebecca told FEMAIL that countless medications have not helped her skin:
Rebecca Mason’s five Ps
* PINPOINT: First of all, understand the cause of your acne. You put a fire out, you don’t just maintain it. Forget band aids – you need to tackle the cause.
* PROTECT: Next, think you are what you eat. Consider your diet and supplementation. With the help of a professional, they may recommend you take A and D vitamins.
* POSITIONING YOURSELF: Sleep and exercise are huge lifestyle impacts. Understand your hormones so you can fight the bacteria.
* PROSPER: Consider the fact that when you are stressed, your pores will clog and the acne will get worse.
* PRODUCT: Find a product that is really good for your skin and stick with it.
‘I knew I didn’t want to re-visit the pill, which had kept my acne at bay but not managed it,’ she said.
‘That’s when you go down the path of trying anything and everything.’
After Rebecca rejected the idea of trying the strong medication, Roaccutane, she decided to take a different approach:
‘I decided to understand the cause of my cystic acne – I didn’t want another band aid. I started seeing a gynecologist and researching polycystic ovaries,’ she explained.
It was at this point that Rebecca started taking a more holistic approach to her complexion.
Now, she follows five steps – what she calls the five Ps – to manage her skin:
‘The five Ps are Pinpoint, Protect, Positioning, Prosper and Product,’ she said.
‘Since adopting them, and trying enzyme therapy treatment once a month, I’ve seen a 300 per cent improvement in my skin.’
Now, Rebecca (pictured) has set up Better Skin Better Life, a website and business which focuses on skin and various skin conditions – she seeks to help others
Since finding a way to deal with her condition, Rebecca has set up Better Skin Better Life, a website and business which focuses on skin and various skin conditions.
She did this after walking away from her corporate career in order to help others overcome their acne like she has done.
Rebecca has also embarked on a mission to convince industry experts to find a long-term solution, and invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to deliver a proven process, implementation plan and formula to those suffering from acne.
She now empowers hundreds of women every day to own their acne, transform their skin and lead a better quality life.
‘I’ve put an online programme together to help to walk people through those five steps and understand that the little lifestyle factors can hugely impact the quality of your health,’ Rebecca said.
‘It was humiliating at first, sharing my story, but if I can help anyone, then that will be a huge success.
‘I knew if I had heard a positive message when I was in my late 20s, I might have felt less isolated. You need to talk to someone – a professional or expert – who understands the problem.’
Rebecca believes small lifestyle factors can have a huge impact on how good your skin is; she tries to spread this message to her followers
‘I knew if I had heard a positive message when I was in my late 20s, I might have felt less isolated,’ she told FEMAIL of the reasons for her business
Recent blog posts on Rebecca’s website include posts on which foods can be bad for acne, and her five steps for better skin.
Rebecca also blogs about the vitamins acne-prone skin needs, as well as the treatments – such as enzyme therapy – which can be beneficial.
‘I think something who have this need to realise is that you have control your body,’ she told FEMAIL.
‘Don’t out-source it and expect a doctor to fix everything. You need to take increased responsibility about your body and find what works for you. I’ve transformed my life and others can too.’
To find out more about Rebecca Mason, you can visit Better Skin Better Life here.
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