A student has revealed she refuses to date becase she doesn't want to be branded a catfish due to the amount of make-up she wears to conceal her cystic acne.
Abigail Collins, 19, from Glasgow, spends up to two hours every morning applying concealer and foundation to cover her blemished skin, which she has battled with since the age of 10.
But after years of covering it up, she said going to university has helped give her the confidence to leave the house without make-up - but she still steers clear of men.
'I've struggled to get into relationships as I was so self-conscious about my skin and how it looked, especially to someone romantically, so I tried, and still do, to avoid this,' she explained.
'I tried to avoid school sometimes as I felt ugly and like the elephant in the room, which took its toll on me socially as I struggled to make friends since I wasn't always there. Even now I struggle to make friends as I'm self-conscious over the way they see me.'
Abigail told how she endured years of cruel taunts, negative comments and frequent staring due to the severity of her skin condition.
'I was bullied for years about my skin and the way I looked,' she admitted.
'My friends sometimes had negative things to say and would use my skin against me, which has left me with major trust issues when it comes to meeting new people.
Abigail Collins, 19, from Glasgow, has revealed she refuses to date becase she doesn't want to be branded a catfish due to the amount of make-up she wears to conceal her cystic acne
'I don't date purely because I don't want anyone to think I'm a catfish or that I'm not being honest about the way I look. It's so difficult to understand and see how another person interprets you.'
The sales advisor and criminology student began noticing breakouts on her face as she reached puberty. They became more frequent, and by 2014 Abigail was dealing with severe cystic acne.
'About five years ago it really peaked, and my skin was the worst it's ever been,' she explained.
'I had constant breakouts and a new spot every day, leaving me with bad scarring now.'
Abigail was often late for school as she'd spend up to two hours doing her make-up, doing her best to cover it up.
She admitted to feeling like the 'elephant in the room' as no one else she knew had a medical condition, and she struggled to make friends as her self-confidence hit rock bottom.
'Growing up it was very difficult to accept my skin and do normal teenage things,' she said.
'I felt like I had to wear make-up every day for school and I was often late because I had to make sure everything was covered, so it would take me one or two hours to get ready.
'In school I felt as if nobody wanted to associate themselves with me because of the way I looked, which meant I had very few friends and a poor social life at this point in my life.