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EXCLUSIVE: Bonnie Ryan opens up about documenting her struggles with acne on social media

The makeup artist received high praise for candidly sharing her story

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Bonnie Ryan has opened up about her decision to share her battle with acne on social media.

The makeup artist began documenting her journey over lockdown as she began to take Roaccutane, a medication that treats severe acne.

After opening up so candidly about her struggles with her skin, Bonnie received high praise from her 67.3k Instagram followers – thanking her for her honesty.

Speaking exclusively to Goss.ie about her decision to share her private battle with the public, Bonnie said: “For me, acne is something that I’ve had for years and years so it felt quite normal to share what my skin looks like when I’ve no make-up on.”

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“I got to a point where I decided I wanted to do something about it,” Bonnie shared.

“I went on Roaccutane, which no one seemed to want to speak about. Even when I was going on it people were like ‘You’re not going to tell people you’re on roaccutane are you?’ and I was like why wouldn’t I?

“There’s so many people struggling with their skin and I think it’s better for me to be honest and say that’s what I’m doing to give as honest a documentary as I can.

“I know there can be really bad side effects of it – but on the other side you can get great results,” she admitted.

“As soon as I opened up and said ‘this is what I’m struggling with’, I realised everybody’s the same. I’m not in any way different and the support was so nice.

“Everyone was writing into me saying ‘thanks so much for sharing this’ and ‘can’t wait to follow you on the journey’ and giving me their tips and tricks. So it was actually a really nice experience to just talk about it openly.”

Bonnie revealed that she has been extremely lucky with her social media experience, admitting that she sees more of the good side of it rather than the negative – such as trolling.

“I’ve been really really lucky on my social media. At the end of the day, if there was anything bad or negative – I’m only being as honest as I can and just trying to be myself.

“So if you want to come and enjoy my content then you are welcome to do so. If you don’t, hopefully you just don’t watch. I just hope that people can either learn something from me or else have a bit of a laugh.” 

Bonnie has joined Londis and Nestlé Ireland to announce that all proceeds from KITKAT four finger chocolate bars sold in Londis stores nationwide from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th of September will be donated to Pieta House.

Speaking about the why she wanted to help the mental health charity, Bonnie said: “Pieta House really stood out to me. I heard so much people talking about it over lockdown, and obviously people’s mental health was really called into question.

“I just think the work that they did over that time was amazing and obviously their services are free, so anything I could get involved in to help them raise money to continue doing the work that they do – it would have been crazy for me not to get on board and try to help them.”

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I am absolutely delighted to team up with @londisireland & @nestleuki who are working together to raise vital funds for @pieta.house to aid services such as their 24/7 Helpline ???? which has seen an increase in calls since Covid-19. This weekend (Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th September) Make sure to #HaveABreakForPieta by simply popping to your local Londis store and showing your support by buying the delicious @kitkat four finger bar for €1 as 100% of the proceeds are going to @pieta.house ❤️  ❤️  ❤️  To avail of Pieta’s services, which are free of charge, please visit Pieta’s website for all Centre contact details. Pieta provides 24/7 support – if you are suicidal, self-harming or bereaved you can contact Pieta 24/7 via the Freephone helpline ???? on ‪1800 247 247‬. You can also text HELP to 51444 (standard message rates apply). For further information on Pieta and its services, visit www.pieta.ie #HaveABreakForPieta  #KITKAT #Pieta #SP #PietaHouse #LondisIreland #NestléIreland

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