scars
This is my left arm after an angry bubble of olive oil attacked me for no good reason.
in

Apr 30, 2013 at 3:00pm | 233 comments

do this don't
It wasn’t until my junior year in high school (and after years of using cocoa butter to treat my blemishes) that I dared to wear a skirt without coverage.
suicide
As if the headline didn’t say it all: TRIGGER ALERT! TRIGGER ALERT!
in

Mar 14, 2013 at 3:00pm | 116 comments

skin lightening
I wanted only to fade my scars; however, it not only lightened the rest of my skin but made me feel like a traitor to women of color.
in

Jan 29, 2014 at 11:30am | 88 comments

healthy
Why am I “depressing” or “negative” because I want to, as everyone does, talk about my experiences?
stretch marks
ACTUAL LAYERS of my skin peeled away while my stretch marks remained. They were indestructible.
surgery
From 2002 and on, I basically never stepped foot on a beach and, if I did, I was always fully clothed.
craniosynostosis
I was born with a rare condition called craniosynostosis, which caused one of the sutures (soft spots) of my skull to close early. As is with many children diagnosed with craniosynostois, my skull grew in a lop-sided fashion.
compulsive skin picking
My boyfriend once said my skin looked like a battlefield. But now it’s almost perfect!