Reality star Tenille Favios was often praised for her beauty on this season's Bachelor In Paradise. But the Byron Bay beauty once struggled with severe cystic acne in her early twenties and was diagnosed with strong medication to treat the condition.
Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the 26-year-old flight attendant shared confronting throwback photos of her inflamed skin. She also uploaded a lengthy video discussing her worst breakout at age 21, and the steps she took to deal with the problem.
"I never had an issue with my skin and then I broke out five years ago - it was bad!" she explains. "I got it on my chin, around my nose, forehead, tops of my shoulders and down my neck."
She said doctors originally wanted her to go on the pill, try antibiotics and use anti-bacterial washes on her face, but she chose a different treatment path. After consulting a specialist, Tenille ended up on Roaccutane, a "very serious medication [with] a lot of serious side effects."
Luckily, the side effects were not as bad as they could have been, with the worst being "severely dry" lips and an aversion to sunlight. The dermatologist put her on "the highest dosage" possible for a female of her body weight, and she took three tablets a day for nine months.
"It was the best thing I ever did," she said, adding that she was "frustrated" by her previous unsuccessful attempts to cure her the condition.
"It honestly relieved all of the frustrations and issues I was having with my skin," she explained at the end of the video. "I never found out why my skin [broke out], and I've never had a problem since."
Since overcoming her acne, Tenille admits to following a very basic skincare regime and adopts a "less is more approach" to cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising.