Every single person in the world is beautiful.
Every woman dreams of fair, flawless skin. Who doesn’t anyway, right? In our society today, having that kind of skin is what attracts the opposite sex, as it is what is dubbed as beautiful. But if you don’t have flawless skin, should you hide under a rock? Don’t.
Acne has always been parts of our lives. It often appears during hormonal changes in our bodies, and it is often inevitable. However, this woman has acne-ridden skin all of her life—no matter how hard she has been trying to get rid of it.
18-year-old Charisa Debully Francis from Kota Kinabalu has influenced thousands of young Malaysians with the positive message that beauty is much more than just your physical appearance. She has become one of the most famous Malaysian teens on social media, and her fanbase is continuing to grow. Why? She is confident in her own skin.
But what most people don’t know is that she suffers from constant criticisms from people she don’t even know.
She said: “Sometimes when I’m out in public, random strangers would just come up to me and start giving me comments about my face.
“They ask me things like ‘why haven’t you seen a doctor about this’ even though I’ve already gone through every possible treatment to get rid of my pimples and marks.
“It really hurts when people point out these things and make fun of my appearance, but I give it right back to them. Maybe it’s because they don’t understand that pimples can break out due to other factors you can’t control, like hormone imbalances and genetic factors.”
She even tried taking medication in order to control the growth of acne on her face, but the side effects were taking a toll on her body.
She added: “I stopped taking the medicine that my doctor prescribed after a week because they used to make me vomit a lot.
“Who doesn’t become depressed when you’re faced with problems like this? That’s why I always advise people going through the same thing to always strengthen your relationship with God to get through hard times like this.”
Now, Charisa is currently studying music in the Sabah Institute of Art, something she has always been passionate about. Meanwhile, she continues to inspire many teenagers to embrace their flaws and inner beauty.