A brave St Bede’s pupil who suffers from acne has become a champion for Changing Faces.
Amber Jackson, 16, took off her make-up for the camera in BBC Three’s recent Body Beautiful series She is also being featured in the current issue of Top of the Pops magazine. Her aim is to make people understand what it is like to have acne, from the physical pain to discrimination and bullying, and to help them cope with the condition.
The inspirational teenager said, “I don’t think many people realise just how distressing acne can be.
“There is so much peer pressure to look good, especially for teenagers. And that’s on top of the stress of studying and exams.”
Amber would spend hours on the internet watching videos on how to put on make-up to cover her spots and reading as much information as she could find.
She said, “I now know there are so many people in a similar position to me who are unhappy because they have acne or look different.
“It can affect boys too. But for them it is often even more difficult because it is not generally socially acceptable for boys to use make-up to conceal it.”
Amber’s passion to help other people has led to an exciting new venture. She contacted Changing Faces, a national charity who supports and advises people with visible differences, from acne and eczema to burns and facial paralysis.
The charity, impressed by her attitude and communication skills, has invited her to become one of their champions and sit on their Young People’s Council.
Amber said, “I’m really excited about this opportunity. I hope to raise awareness, change attitudes and help with fundraising.”
Amber says the Changing Faces skin camouflage service, originally established by the Red Cross, is also something close to her heart.
She added, “Since I have started to talk openly about my acne, my friends, and even people I don’t know, have confided in me and asked for advice.
Others have congratulated me on having the confidence to speak out. Somehow I have found increased confidence and comfort in knowing I am not alone. I also really enjoy being able to help others.”