Skin problem is no acne for Sam

2016-08-04 06:00
Samela Zenani, 18, started a campaign for women who have skin problem, in Khayelitsha.

Samela Zenani, 18, started a campaign for women who have skin problem, in Khayelitsha.

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Acne enveloping her face has led to a teenager on a campaign aimed at encouraging other sufferers not become hermits of society but to go out there and enjoy life.

Samela Zenani, 18, from Town Two, started the campaign called #Itshouldn’tdefineyou, about three months ago.

Previously, she had felt ashamed of herself after she was diagnosed with Acne about four years ago.

Zenani, a learner at Bloubergstrand High School, said her life changed for the worse that she began playing truant at school, for fear of the continued mockery by peers and schoolmates.

“My mother thought it had something to do with my menstruation. My father told me that there is nothing we could do to cure it as it runs in the family and that my aunt had it before. I have been to herbalists and doctors, but it did not help. I was told many stories. I was ashamed before, but now I want to encourage other girls who have skin problems to come-out. I do not want them to hide it with make-up when they go out in public,” Zenani said.

Her younger sister, Tabita, 17, has also developed the same skin problem last year and she is still very shy about it.

Zenani has also become friends with a lady, only known as Itumeleng, who also has a skin problem, but hers is on her hands.

Zenani wants to organise a modelling competition for women who have skin problems as part of encouraging them to feel comfortable in their own skin.

According to her, she has since made an agreement with Khanya Production which is set to shoot a documentary where she will be talking about her experiences.

She started taking medication for acne about three weeks ago and she hopes that she will be healed in six months.

“There are many women who have the skin problem and they hide it with make-up.

I want them to embrace it and not feel ashamed of it.

I used to cry every day. My schoolmates called me ‘lunch bar.’ I was also ashamed before, but now I do not care what people say. We are human beings too and people must accept us,” she added.

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