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Daisy Ridley Traces Severe Skin Problems to Endometriosis: 'I Hate Wearing Makeup but I Currently Don't Want to Leave the House Without it On'

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Stars suffering from endometriosis are making their voices heard lately, drawing attention to the painful condition by sharing intimate details on social media. Lena Dunham was given a Blossom Award by the Endometriosis Foundation of America for speaking out about her ordeal, Padma Lakshmi shared her struggle in her new memoir and now Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley opened up on Instagram about how the condition deeply affects her skin and in turn, her self esteem.

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In an Instagram post on Thursday she described how her nine-year battle began. “At 15 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. One laparoscopy, many consultations and 8 years down the line, pain was back (more mild this time!) and my skin was THE WORST,” she wrote. “I’ve tried everything: products, antibiotics, more products, more antibiotics) and all that did was left my body in a bit of a mess. Finally found out I have polycystic ovaries and that’s why it’s bad. I can safely say feeling so self conscious has left my confidence in tatters.”

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She explained that she “hates wearing makeup” but due to the effects of her condition on her skin, she doesn’t want to leave the house without putting any on. But thanks to her dermatologist, she cut dairy (aside from an occasional ice cream) and reduced her sugar intake, and now she’s finally seeing progress.

To cap off her post, she left an inspiring message to any others also suffering as she is, saying: “To any of you who are suffering with anything, go to a doctor; pay for a specialist; get your hormones tested, get allergy testing; keep on top of how your body is feeling and don’t worry about sounding like a hypochondriac.”

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And gives a piece of advice everyone should remember from time to time. “From your head to the tips of your toes we only have one body, let us all make sure ours our working in tip top condition, and take help if it’s needed,” she wrote.

What do you think of her personal Instagram message?

— Colleen Kratofil