• Tue, Nov 29 2011

Girl With Severe Cystic Acne Makes Truly Impressive Foundation Tutorial

So, full disclosure: this video is a year old. Sorry if you’ve seen it before. If so, here are some recent stories about Kristen Stewart‘s Twilight wedding dress and the Kardashians being assholes.

Anyway. This is Cassandra, plucky Youtube make-up instructor also known by her screenname, DiamondsAndHeels14. This old video of hers is making the rounds right now, and if you haven’t seen it, you should.

When the video begins, Cassandra appears per usual with flawless make-up. She then explains she suffers from severe cystic acne (which you’d never guess) and within a minute, the make-up goes away. You can tell the reveal is hard for her and she says as much.

However, we were really impressed with her courage! By exposing her so-called biggest insecurity and tackling it in such a blunt manner, the message of the video is pretty empowering: “If you have terrible acne, there are ways to work around it.” Way to go.

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  • anna

    what a brave woman. that was my life for over 15 years, but i could never have mustered up the confidence to make such a video. i’m in my late 20s now and this past summer i became so frustrated with the oil spill that was my face that i begun treating it like you would a greasy dish. i threw out the multitude of cleaners, grabbed my exfoliator and a bar of ivory soap and 3 day later the improvement was remarkable. its’s now 6 months later, and i can leave the house without a full face of make-up.

    everyone’s skin is different. sometimes hormones are to blame for acne, sometimes they aren’t. sometimes you just need to get all that damn oil off your face. my skin needed the one thing i was always told to avoid – harsh, drying soap. now i skip the primers and only use purminerals mattifying gel.

  • DebMoore

    That was pretty brave! I too suffer from acne and I am 34! Also I have had it since I was 9 years old. Trust me it sucks. Like Anna (in Comments) I also had a multitude of cleaners etc and have recentaly found that I only need one cleanser that is for sensitive skin. What a differance! I never tried one for sensitive skin before because it didn’t seem like it would be enough. I very rarely have blemishes anymore (only when I drink soda) but after 25 plus years of acne I have lots of scars, I guess thats what make-up is for! So people with acne, be gentle to your skin!

    • ken

      I`m 46yrs old an i still get acne but not as much,i heard off this product that helps your skin rejuvenate an the old skin dries off an the new skin comes out butt i don`t know whats its called sorry people.butt also I`m an man an we have this problems also ladies.lets try an put our minds together an figure this out.the skin we are in needs our most divided attention.

  • lolz

    IS THIS A JOKE?
    SHE HAS ACNE LIKE THAT BECAUSE SHE NOT ONLY CAKES ON LAYERS UPON LAYERS, BUT THEN SETS IT IN TO SUFFOCATE HER SKIN ALL DAY.

    she probably wouldn’t have such god awful skin if she let her skin breathe for a day.

    • anna

      there’s not always a way to get rid of acne. i tried cleaners, prescription drugs, natural remedies, detoxs, tea tree oil, every single non-clogging type of cream and make-up and nothing helped. on days when i could stay home alone, i shed all the makeup, kept my hair up and tried to let my skin “breathe.”

      acne’s a f*cking beast and it devastated my self-esteem. all too often people, like yourself, think that it would all go away if the skin was just kept cleaner. you wouldn’t believe the oil slick that appears on my skin between the time i go to bed and the time i awake. it’s abnormal, certainly, but it’s the way i am. i spent the better part of my life feeling embarrassed in my own skin because of my own skin, and i have spent surely close to $10K in that time on products to help it and/or hide it. it’s a physically and emotionally painful condition, and snide remarks from unkind and/or dense onlookers are not needed or welcome.

    • James

      Cleanliness can always be an issue.

      But IMO, acne is most often due to inadequate nutrition, at least as a base issue.

      Since young people are often growing the most, their bodies need lots of vitamins and minerals to keep healthy.

    • Olivia

      Acne is a medical condition and is often hereditary and can be devastating and incurable. And you’re a prick.

    • KathyT

      Cystic acne is not caused by makeup use. You shouldn’t feel the need to make a comment when you don’t know what you are talking about. You probably wouldn’t be so god awful stupid if you thought before you spoke. You don’t know why she has acne and rest assured it isn’t anything she did or didn’t do. Some people believe that people get what they deserve and that is why people blame victims of crime. That is what you are doing. You are blaming her for something that is clearly not her fault. There is a real smallness about you that is quite sad. I really feel sorry for you. You are pitiful.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.m.setser Jennifer Marie Zimmerlin Setse

      I hate to inform you but her wearing make up does not cause it. I have severe cystic acne and it is depressing and hard and it makes you feel ugly. I have had someone ask me after my son was born whats wrong with your face. It is a virus in your body and nothing you eat nor wear is the cause it is in your body and it is the worse kinda of form it is so bad to have. I get sick of ignorant people stating that kinda of stuff if you dont have it nore know about it then shut up. This girl is brave I know how bad I feel not having make up on I feel so ugly and it is hard to convience yourself you arent ugly when stupid people say stuff about it.
      Soory this is ment for the dumbass post above

    • scm

      you obviously have no idea what cystic acne is like. I have battled cystic acne for 14 years now and no matter what you do or don’t do, it remains! there are three possibilites…it spontaneously goes away one day, you go on Accutane which may or may not work, or you concede to its presence and cover it up like hell!

    • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.m.setser Jennifer Marie Zimmerlin Setse

      I hate to inform you but her wearing make up does not cause it. I have severe cystic acne and it is depressing and hard and it makes you feel ugly. I have had someone ask me after my son was born whats wrong with your face. It is a virus in your body and nothing you eat nor wear is the cause it is in your body and it is the worse kinda of form it is so bad to have. I get sick of ignorant people stating that kinda of stuff if you dont have it nore know about it then shut up. This girl is brave I know how bad I feel not having make up on I feel so ugly and it is hard to convience yourself you arent ugly when stupid people say stuff about it.

  • Aure

    Comments by poeple like Lolz are stupid and insensitive. People with severe acne don’t get it from unclean skin. It’s from a hormonal imbalance and an inability to fight off the infection through the body’s natural process.

    You think Cassandra hasn’t tried deep cleansing or thorough makeup removal? You’re an idiot, Lolz. Next time think before typing.

  • Silke

    I’ve had troubled skin for most of my adult life. About a year ago I threw out all of perscribed and over the counter cleansers, toners and lotions and started using Extra Virgin Olive Oil to cleanse my face and Witch Hazel to tone. I’ve seen amazing improvements.

  • Charlie

    I suffered from this for years, it ruined relationships due to my need to constantly wear make up and was a constant stress.
    Two years ago I went to a great dermatologist and he told me that my skin was not he result of anything I was doing, it wasn’t due to cleanliness, diet or wearing thick make up, but that acne of this severity is purely from a hormone inbalance and that is genetic. It was a huge relief to hear this, and since being prescribe isotane (strong doses of vitamen A), I now have completely clear skin.
    Her courage is so impressive

    • Em

      I feel your pain.. What she did is really impressive!

  • tina

    She’s a brave girl.

    I remember when I was younger, I would take the train in the morning and put my makeup on while on the way to school. I had terrible acne. One time, after I was done, this woman leaned over and said, “Wow, I can’t believe how different you look. Are you a make-up artist? You should be. You look great.” I was soo offended. I knew she was really saying that I looked terrible without my makeup and with all the coverage I looked much better. :(

    Makeup is sometimes a necessary evil. Yes, it can clog pores and cause problems, but women don’t always have the luxury, especially in the workplace, to walk around without it. People judge your appearance everywhere.

    Kudos, to this kiddo. She’s beautiful inside and out. She is trying to help others with prejudice. How many of you commenting on her appearence and methods can say that?

  • hailee lanker

    You go, girl! you are just BEAUTIFUL, with and without makeup.

  • ken

    i found out the name of what i`m using now it works pretty good. bought it at wally-world. (Clearasil Ultra) Acne+Marks,washand mask.

  • Elle

    First, I would like to say you are beautiful! Unfortunately, we live in a world where what you look like determines how “pretty” you are or even how important you. Fortunately, you are pretty with or without your makeup routine. You should feel very liberated right now. There are not many people who are strong enough to do a video like you have, and in the process help others. Keep up the wonderful attitude and beautiful smile:)

  • Cords

    Cassandra’s Acne has cleared up since this video by using Aztec clay. She looks fabulous now. I can imagine how hard it was for her to make this, but she has made many more inspiring videos about her Acne than how to cover it up, by showing how to actually physically clear it up.
    She is adorable though. And props to her for having the confidence to make this video

  • Krys72599

    You’re gorgeous – with or without makeup!

  • Kelly

    I have been using Juice Beauty’s Organics To Clear Skin and it really has helped to clear up my skin in just a few weeks. I was so happy to find something that works with my skin. Unlike most products that dry out your skin, these heal and hydrate at the same time. I also love Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Mask, I use it a few times a week after the Green Apple Peel and it’s the perfect combination for my skin! My skin has never been this clear! I love it!

  • Carmen Smith

    What an inspiring story for people using foundation on acne prone skin. This could go perfectly on my foundation blog.

  • Me

    She’s really pretty even without make up(:
    I have acne too and it sucks but it’s pretty moderate.

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    Your articles make complete sense out of each topic.

  • Ben

    I love this girl. her name is cassandra and I have been subscribed to her channel and we have become good friends and she is the sweetest more charming and smart girl ever

  • Lexxies22

    I’m a little surprised that she used fingers to spread around foundation. Why not use brush? Use q-tip to spread it around preventing from bacteria spreading. I know Cystic Acne does not cause by bacteria or anything. Anything you put a finger in a product, bacteria spread. Use q-tip, OR pump a make up liquid into a plate and use it. Otherwise, make up don’t last. I wash my hands in between appliques. For an example, I applied a moisturizer on my face, wash my hands, apply a primer, wash my hands, apply foundation, wash my hands, etc. That’s what professionals do. She is a beautiful lady and keep up great work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.sorensen2 Kenneth Sørensen

    I had severe acne for 10 years and tried everything, from hormone to alternative products. When I started in psychotherapy and dealt with my feelings of anger, self hate, insecurity then it immediately started to improve. Today I am a psychologist doing psychotherapy, so in some way my skin problems created my carreer. Today I have great skin, but with a lot of old scars still visible. All my love to you with skin problems.
    Kenneth, Denmark

  • http://www.facebook.com/austen.wright.9 Austen Wright

    “However, we were really impressed with her courage! By exposing her so-called biggest insecurity and tackling it in such a blunt manner, the message of the video is pretty empowering: “If you have terrible acne, there are ways to work around it.” Way to go.”

    I guess that is empowering, in a way…but it’s also hugely discouraging at the same time. There’s a way to live with acne–and it’s by completely masking your face with make up? I’ve dealt with chronic acne all my life, and up until a few years ago it was a huge source of embarrassment for me. But every now and then I would see other girls with acne just as bad and no make up to cover it, still looking fierce with the way they projected themselves. THAT was empowering to me.

    I love make up, and there obviously isn’t one right way to feel happy in your own body. I do think it was brave of this girl to showcase something she felt so insecure about, because I can definitely relate–but I wish having a spotty face wasn’t such a big deal in our society.

  • Sunshinegirl

    Wow. That is a LOT of product to wear on the face! I feel for her. I used to have problems with acne. A dermatologist helped me balance & heal my skin. Her philosophy was “less is more” and I never would have believed I could go without foundation. It makes me wonder if this lovely girl’s skin needs a break from all these products. She is beautiful and sweet. I hope her skin continues to improve!

  • http://www.facebook.com/amanda.a.garner Amanda Ann Garner

    If you have mild to moderate acne, the most important thing to do is to be as gentle to your skin as possible. Visit acne.org and try their regimen. I used their 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel on my face twice a day for many months and after just over one month, it cleared up all of the blemishes that I had caused by my poor lifestyle choices during my college years. Unfortunately, cystic acne has a much deeper cause. While it can be improved by topical treatments, it’s often near impossible to cure all together with simple skin products.

  • Candi Flores

    I use the Citrus Clear Grapefruit Spot Treatment for layering under makeup products. Not only does the ph make the salicylic acid effective (and it is a pore clearing agent and is great for sensitive skin) but it contains green tea. The gel formulation means that it can be spread easily – I don’t like liquid formulations. And the price is right – only $12!

  • Melissa Locks

    I use Citrus Clear’s face wash before applying makeup. It has definitely helped reduce my acne, and leaves my skin refreshed. On occasion I will use Citrus Clear at night after removing makeup, if I wore my makeup for longer than usual. It should work for you too – and it has no harmful chemicals and is super gentle!

  • Lindsey

    I used to have cystic acne. I also spent tons of money on products of all kinds. I did anything to avoid getting back on the pill but I knew the real reason I had these huge cysts all over my face and neck was because my testosterone was too high. I tried don quai, maca, etc. I suppose if I went on an all green diet and just went raw at the time like I am now it would have worked. Unless you want to educated yourself on going green, that means quitting the damn sugar and soda and processed foods…get on birth control. Because cystic acne is hormonal. I love African black soap, burts bees garden tomato toner, mud sea soap, lemon sugar scrub and acure oil control moisturizer. All of these you can get from Super Supplements for fairly cheap. Other than that, drink high PH water like Essentia or Icelandic and please do your research on an alkaline lifestyle. Eat your greens and take your probiotics! Feel free to add me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram for more advice. https://www.facebook.com/lindsey.ann.921?ref=tn_tnmn

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