We often turn to the Internet to find people we can relate to – especially when looking for help from those facing similar problems to our own. It is this relatable and very real nature of YouTube that has made it’s Internet stars so successful and we saw another example of this last week when one of our favourite beauty vloggers opened up about their emotional journey with acne.
We have already talked about the impact YouTubers can have when it comes to accepting our skin, but last week (Wednesday 6th July) saw Katie Snooks break down in her ‘Roaccutane Daily Skin Vlog – Month 1’ video after her skin had progressively worsened whilst taking the prescription drug.
The beauty YouTuber, who has suffered with acne for the past ten years, was finally prescribed the hardcore drug, Roaccutane, one month ago and decided to film her skin everyday to document her acne’s progress. The drug is only prescribed by a dermatologist in extreme cases and it is known for making the acne worse before it gets better.
The skin diary begins as you would imagine as Katie points out her side effects day by day, but it wasn’t until day 18 when things started to take a turn for the worse. The heartbreaking clip brings tears to our eyes as she explains that she “just (doesn’t) feel beautiful at all”. She began the daily account by telling the camera “today it’s hit me, my skin hasn’t been this bad in five years'” just before breaking down in tears as she tells us she’s supposed to be going out that evening. Even though Katie was clearly upset at the sight of her acne, she stayed positive when saying “hopefully tomorrow will be better”.
Since the video went live, lots of her fans and fellow YouTubers have taken to Twitter to show their love and support to Katie for being brave enough to share her experience with the rest of the Internet community:
Thankfully, by the end of the month-long diary, Katie’s acne had started to clear up and she seemed a lot happier in herself and her skin. The YouTuber, who has still got another five months left on the drug, shall be continuing to film her skin each day to help those also suffering from acne whilst taking Roaccuntane.
As always, make sure to let us know what you think about Katie’s skin diary in the comments and in the meantime, check out our latest episode of SLAY or NAY to catch up on all of this weeks YouTube news.