• Young Woman Shows Facial Birthmark In No Make-Up Selfie, The Internet Hugs Back

    Once upon a time Amy Elsegood was bullied and called "blob face" because of a dark facial birthmark along the right-hand side of her face.

    Fast-forward to 2014 and the brave 22-year-old has posted a no make-up selfie to show people who she really is. And the reaction has been incredible, with people from all over the world showing their support.

    Amy has had worn special make-up from the NHS since she was 11 that helps her conceal the marking on her face.

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    "I wore it every time I left the house as I was too self-conscious to go out without hiding my birthmark first," she says.

    "But then one day I just thought, 'you were born like this, there is no reason to be ashamed,' so I posted a no make-up selfie.

    "No-one could say anything negative that I haven't heard before.

    "The reaction on Facebook was amazing, I had over 600 likes with people all over the world messaging me, it was surreal."

     

    Amy had laser surgery from being born up until she was 10-years-old, she then decided that it was no longer necessary as she hated the procedure.

    She added: "I hated being put under general anaesthetic every time.

    "It made my face so sore afterwards too.

    "Laser treatment tends to work best when you're young, making it less effective as I got older, but I know that without it that my birthmark would be a lot redder than it is now.

    "I would probably think about having it again now that I'm older but with my cosmetic make-up I'm able to conceal my birthmark well anyway."

    birthmark girl

    Despite Amy's fantastic response to her no make-up selfie online, she has been a target to bullies throughout her life.

    Amy said: "I was about four years old when I realised I was different.

    "Other kids would point at me, call me 'blob face' and say that I was ugly.

    "I even had one woman come up to me on holiday to say that I would've been pretty if it wasn't for my birthmark."

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    When Amy became a teenager she thought she would find it difficult to find a boyfriend.

    She added: "I was so embarrassed by my port wine stain that I never thought anyone would accept me for who I was.

    "But then I met Josh at 16, he was the same age but from a different school.

    "The first time I met him I was wearing make-up to conceal what was underneath but after a few weeks into our relationship I wanted to show him the real me.

    "I decided to meet him with no make-up on, I said 'this is what I really look like,' but he simply replied with 'it makes no difference to me.'"

    "We've been together for six years now."

    However, Amy still felt self-conscious when leaving the house, she didn't go anywhere without wearing her cover-up.

    Amy said: "It wasn't until the cancer research no make-up selfie came about that I really accepted who I was.

    "My birthmark doesn't need to define me and no-one should be ashamed to show who they really are.

    "Since posting my selfie online I have gained so much confidence, it's been great helping others who are in a similar position too.

    "I've learnt that there are much worse things to have in life and I've accepted me for me."

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    Amy had laser surgery from being born up until she was 10-years-old, she then decided that it was no longer necessary as she hated the procedure.

    She added: "I hated being put under general anaesthetic every time.

    "It made my face so sore afterwards too.

    "Laser treatment tends to work best when you're young, making it less effective as I got older, but I know that without it that my birthmark would be a lot redder than it is now.

    "I would probably think about having it again now that I'm older but with my cosmetic make-up I'm able to conceal my birthmark well anyway."

    birthmark girl

    Despite Amy's fantastic response to her no make-up selfie online, she has been a target to bullies throughout her life.

    Amy said: "I was about four years old when I realised I was different.

    "Other kids would point at me, call me 'blob face' and say that I was ugly.

    "I even had one woman come up to me on holiday to say that I would've been pretty if it wasn't for my birthmark."

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    When Amy became a teenager she thought she would find it difficult to find a boyfriend.

    She added: "I was so embarrassed by my port wine stain that I never thought anyone would accept me for who I was.

    "But then I met Josh at 16, he was the same age but from a different school.

    "The first time I met him I was wearing make-up to conceal what was underneath but after a few weeks into our relationship I wanted to show him the real me.

    "I decided to meet him with no make-up on, I said 'this is what I really look like,' but he simply replied with 'it makes no difference to me.'"

    "We've been together for six years now."

    However, Amy still felt self-conscious when leaving the house, she didn't go anywhere without wearing her cover-up.

    Amy said: "It wasn't until the cancer research no make-up selfie came about that I really accepted who I was.

    "My birthmark doesn't need to define me and no-one should be ashamed to show who they really are.

    "Since posting my selfie online I have gained so much confidence, it's been great helping others who are in a similar position too.

    "I've learnt that there are much worse things to have in life and I've accepted me for me."

    Amy had laser surgery from being born up until she was 10-years-old, she then decided that it was no longer necessary as she hated the procedure.

    She added: "I hated being put under general anaesthetic every time.

    "It made my face so sore afterwards too.

    "Laser treatment tends to work best when you're young, making it less effective as I got older, but I know that without it that my birthmark would be a lot redder than it is now.

    "I would probably think about having it again now that I'm older but with my cosmetic make-up I'm able to conceal my birthmark well anyway."

    birthmark girl

    Despite Amy's fantastic response to her no make-up selfie online, she has been a target to bullies throughout her life.

    Amy said: "I was about four years old when I realised I was different.

    "Other kids would point at me, call me 'blob face' and say that I was ugly.

    "I even had one woman come up to me on holiday to say that I would've been pretty if it wasn't for my birthmark."

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    When Amy became a teenager she thought she would find it difficult to find a boyfriend.

    She added: "I was so embarrassed by my port wine stain that I never thought anyone would accept me for who I was.

    "But then I met Josh at 16, he was the same age but from a different school.

    "The first time I met him I was wearing make-up to conceal what was underneath but after a few weeks into our relationship I wanted to show him the real me.

    "I decided to meet him with no make-up on, I said 'this is what I really look like,' but he simply replied with 'it makes no difference to me.'"

    "We've been together for six years now."

    However, Amy still felt self-conscious when leaving the house, she didn't go anywhere without wearing her cover-up.

    Amy said: "It wasn't until the cancer research no make-up selfie came about that I really accepted who I was.

    "My birthmark doesn't need to define me and no-one should be ashamed to show who they really are.

    "Since posting my selfie online I have gained so much confidence, it's been great helping others who are in a similar position too.

    "I've learnt that there are much worse things to have in life and I've accepted me for me."

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