Masaba writes a tell-all of the issues she's overcome Image: T2 Online
Masaba Gupta just dropped a powerful message on her Instagram account on how she dealt with her imperfections. It instantly struck a chord with millions of women. Why? Because we are still hush-hush about PCOS-related issues. That's Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, for the uninitiated. Masaba said how she'd cry herself to sleep because of her skin and weight issue. How the world just wouldn't let her be. Take a look:
It's taken me a LOT to put up this picture. But I felt like I had to. Ofcourse acne is common & weight problems are common and people deal with it and get over it with time. But what do you do when your bang in the middle of it ? Ive had terrible acne for 14yrs and by terrible I mean , most days it looked like I had a cigarette Stubbed in my face. Dark scars in my face & in my head. there were days I would refuse to leave home without putting powder on my face & refused to put any lights on in the room. Ive had men tell me they want to throw up when they see my face. Ive run out of my house to school with concealer on my face because I couldn't take it anymore. So many of you must be bang in the middle of this. Some extra weight , a whole lotta acne. The truth is .. you have to go with it. That also means you have to work at getting better. Better health,better skin. Better everything. It's wellbeing afterall. Don't live with what you don't like. Punch it out of your system! You have to cringe when you see yourself in the mirror , cry until you choke. DO.IT.ALL.but once your done with that you have to run your finger down all the clear,beautiful spots on you & you have to do it every single day. Brush your teeth. Practice confidence. Practice self-Estéem. Practice strength. Because we all know it will be knocked out of us 3 mins after we step out of home. Don't expect to read an article about 'beauty coming from the inside' and expect to wake up the next day feeling like your beautiful. Doesn't work like that. If beauty to you is stepping out with a face full of makeup then so be it. If it's about flaunting your scars. So be it. But when you come back home & the lights are out. And every tear has been shed with every remark that Hit you.. until you build your wall & you will be the biggest,bestest version of everything that has happened to you. Collect your scars & build them into something beautiful. #throwback
At a time when serious women's health-related issues are being aired on public platforms, Masaba's note comes as a harsh reminder to these hard truths women deal with every day. She fought back by working hard on her metal and physical well-being. It's never easy, so we got spoke to renowned aesthetic physician and dermatologist Rashmi Shetty to tell us how the regular girl can deal with these problems. At the outset, she mentions a surgery can't save you from acnes. Scratch that out. It's all a myth.
"PCOS is a very common problem and, therefore, to recognise it is one thing but to rightly treat it is the most important thing. It's not easy to lose weight. You get excessive hair growth on the body, acne, issues of pigmentation and irregular period. Not that you will have all of it, but you may be struck with one of these. Each one of these issues needs to be specifically detected and treated. Do not take self-medication. A lot of people just take oral contraceptive pills. That is not the right thing to do," Rashmi elaborates and warns.
She advises not to just attack acne if that's a recurrent problem. “You need to simultaneously start treating hairfall or excessive hair problems to keep them in check. Work out really well with guidance from an expert. Watch your diet and exercise regularly,” she says.
Masaba vouches that working out and eating right helped her too. And as Rashmi puts it, certain foods like dairy products and excessive sugar should be avoided. “It's a sort of team work between your gynaecologist and dermatologist. There is no cosmetic surgery for acne, and no surgery can help you get cured. You have to cure it from within." Hear, hear.