“Does she ever wash her face?”
“She’s so ugly.”
“Why doesn’t she do something about that?”
These words hit hard.
It didn’t matter that they were imagined rather than spoken. They were real to me.
I felt like everyone I met was judging me based on my skin, and this changed the way I interacted with others. Instead of being the outgoing and excited person I once was, I tried to blend into the background and I avoided drawing attention to myself.
I was hiding.
This feeling of wanting to be invisible permeated throughout my life. Instead of welcoming new friends, I approached new people with apprehension, out of fear of judgment. When I was moving away for university, I was overcome with anxiety about how my new peers would perceive me and I hesitated to introduce myself. I avoided interacting with potential love interests because I couldn’t bear having them see my skin and reject me because of it.
And here’s the thing:
My skin has drastically improved, but the tendency to hide has stuck with me. I still find myself scared to really be SEEN. When hiding has been the default for years, the thought of stepping out into the light feels foreign and terrifying.
But I’m going to do it.
I know there are so many people out there who are going through the same thing, and it’s my mission to help.
So if this sounds like you, know that you are not alone. Know that feeling embarrassed, ashamed, and inadequate is okay.
Also know that when you’re ready, healing is possible.
If you’re ready to step into the world with confidence, book in or send me an email. Let’s talk about your skin story and get you started on your healing journey.
Sending all you beautiful souls the courage to truly be seen.
💛 Dr. Alexa