After 10 Years of Covering Her Skin, 1 Model Reveals She Has Vitiligo
At age 19, Seattle-based model Breanne Rice was diagnosed with vitiligo on her face. It didn't stop her from having a career in front of the camera or eventually becoming her current profession as a holistic nutritional therapy practitioner. But after 10 years of covering her face with makeup — even at the gym — she's baring her skin to give hope to others who have the rare skin condition. "I wouldn't go outside without makeup on, and I would look in the mirror and start crying," she said on Instagram. "I was devastated."
Allergies to foods such as gluten and dairy as well as sun exposure worsen her lack of pigmentation. "I went through a series of events and suffered a lot of trauma all at once, which pushed my immune system over the edge(stress also depletes us of B-vitamins)," she wrote. "I had to address my body as a whole, and take 10 steps back to take one step forward. I worked on building my immune system, taking down the inflammation in my GI Tract and focused on digestion. Guess what? My skin began to receive pigmentation back(especially on my chin), and I began to digest and absorb nutrients."
While she still has vitiligo, she has definitely become more comfortable exposing it. "This is the real me underneath all this," she captioned. "You know what though, I own it. There's not much I can do about it. I can only love myself, and not let my circumstances define my value or self-worth."
Read more of her empowering words ahead! And remember this important advice for anyone who has ever felt less than pretty: "I hope that my situation inspires you. Don't let your circumstances define you or make you feel any less beautiful — your flaws are what make you unique and beautiful. Just be you."