Daisy Ridley has spoken candidly about her struggle with endometriosis in an empowering post shared on her Instagram page. The Star Wars actress revealed that she has been battling the condition for nine years, and explained that it "left my confidence in tatters" because of the way it affected her skin.
Daisy Ridley has opened up about her struggle with endometriosis
"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," the 24 year old wrote to her two million followers, alongside a selfie of herself pampering her skin with a clay mask. "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 polycycstic ovaries and that's why it's bad."
Daisy revealed that her condition affected her skin
Daisy then revealed that her endometriosis left her suffering from skincare problems which deeply affected her confidence – but admitted that a few diet changes have helped her manage the condition.
"I can safely say feeling so self conscious has left my confidence in tatters. I hate wearing make up but I currently don't want to leave the house without it on. HOWEVER PROGRESS IS BEING MADE!
Daisy was diagnosed with endometriosis when she was 15 years old
"(With some help from a dermatologist and cutting out dairy (waah, except for spontaneous ice creams) and cutting down sugar (bigger waah but gotta do what you've gotta do)). Finally. Finally. (Throughout all this I've only had people being wonderful and encouraging and occasionally making me realise I'm being ridiculous and there's more to life)..."
The British actress went on to urge her fans to speak up when it comes to health, before ending the post on a lighter note by poking fun at the length of the post with a series of hashtags.
"My point is, 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," she wrote. "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. #wasthispostlongenough #maybethesehashtagscanbulkitupabit #alsohowmanybracketsdoesonewomanneed #ifyourrreadingthisiapplaudyou #thisisaclaymaskincaseyourewondering."