Maeve Madden struggles with adult acne, but she's not letting her skin get her down.

By Julia Malacoff
Updated: September 13, 2017

Anyone who has ever struggled with adult acne knows it's a first-rate pain in the butt. One day your skin looks great, and the next it's like you unwittingly took a trip back in time to your teenage years. There aren't enough "ugh"s in the world for that feeling of waking up with a freshly broken-out face. (Hopefully, that new acne vaccine will become available, like, tomorrow.) Thanks to the modern miracle of makeup, it's fairly easy to hide a breakout. But it's also a bit of a pain to feel obligated to put in the time to conceal something your body is doing for reasons that are arguably mostly beyond your control. And who says you have to cover it up, anyway?

That's what Maeve Madden, a London-based personal trainer, thought when she started experiencing breakouts, which she later learned were related to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Last month, Maeve posted about the beginnings of her breakout struggles, noting in her caption that she wasn't sure of the cause but wanted to get to the bottom of it with her doctor. Madden often films workout videos for her social media accounts, and she shared that she was shying away from appearing in videos without makeup or even at all during her breakouts, but eventually realized there was no reason to hide what she was going through. (Related: Chrissy Teigen Is Everyone Who's Ever Had Hormonal Acne)

While it can't be cured, PCOS can be managed through lifestyle changes like eating healthy, staying active, and getting enough sleep. In the meantime, Maeve is working on staying confident. "Skin is not perfect," she said in her caption. "Acne, scars, stretchmarks, eczema, wrinkles-whatever you think the flaw may be, that's okay. It's all NATURAL and we need to realize this! So let people see the real, imperfect, flawed beauty that you are." All in all, that sounds like pretty great advice. There's no reason to hide what you're going through skin-wise, especially if you're more comfortable sans makeup.


Comments (1)

January 13, 2019
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