My Struggle: Acne & Confidence by Emma Aryee

I met Emma on a Mission Trip in Albania. She’s very quiet but I can tell a lot goes on in her head. The kids loved her and I know she had a great time serving them. She’s going to be a great doctor one day but for now she’s enjoying finding herself and growing. Check out her blog here.  Here is part of her story…

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For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with TERRIBLE acne – not just the occasional breakout – I’m talking the painful, itchy, ‘spans-the-width-of-your-forehead’ kind of acne! I was fairly comfortable in my skin, growing up..

However, during my early teenage years I became highly self-conscious of my appearance. Whenever I was stressed, I would get spots!

Then I would become MORE stressed BECAUSE I had SPOTS!

 

Younger me without make-up

Younger me without make-up

Not a day went by when I did not complain about the size of my spots and the presence of the remaining scars. I would constantly compare myself with other girls my age.

“HOW ON EARTH did she get her skin SOO smooth?!”

I would search for hours and hours on end for solutions and reading product reviews..   Waste of time, really. The so-called anti-blackhead, scar removal and anti-bacterial acne treatments I spent soo much money on, seemed only to worsen the problem.

I was desperate.

I was frustrated.

I was jealous.

I was UGLY…

…and NO ONE could convince me otherwise!

It would take several years’ growth in Christ and the faith I profess, before I saw myself VERY differently..

Through my brokenness, God was able to break down the meaning of beauty – clearly to me,

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 PETER 3:3-4

“I’m sorry, Lord.. You want me to BELIEVE beauty is BEYOND skin deep?!”

Wow..

POWERFUL stuff!

So powerful, I threw away all the JUNK I used to ‘beautify’ myself with. I had been blind to the truth that beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder and Jesus Christ is the Beholder of us all!

Through His grace alone, I now admire my appearance and confidently embrace my PERFECT imperfections. I no longer rely on make-up to feel pretty, but on CHRIST to make-up for the flaws in my character – for ONCE in my life, I feel BEAUTIFUL..

..and it’s all thanks to my BEAUTIFUL SAVIOUR!

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