Sam Faiers reveals acne battle made her want to lock herself away and not show side of her face

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Sam Faiers has come a long way since her ultra glam The Only Way Is Essex days. Now a mum to two little ones, Paul, four, and Rosie, two, her focus has shifted from fake tan and on-screen feuds to early wake-ups and snatched moments of “me time”.

But while she appears the perfect yummy mummy, Sam’s journey into motherhood hasn’t been plain sailing – she recently opened up about her secret battle with hormonal acne, which began after she stopped breastfeeding Rosie.

Now in the last year of her twenties, Sam is determined to celebrate her 30th birthday with a flawless complexion.

Here, the star tells OK! about entering a new decade and how she now has the confidence to go filter-free…

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Sam, you’ve bravely opened up on social media about your acne struggles. Tell us about it…

I got adult acne after finishing breastfeeding my daughter Rosie. I had bad breakouts and couldn’t keep them under control. Some weeks my skin was a bit more tame but then the acne would come back. It was like a vicious circle. I’ve been battling it for more than two years.

That must have knocked your confidence…

Yeah, I never wanted to leave the house. I had to put on thick foundation and when I was filming I was like, “I don’t want to show this side of my face.” Some days I didn’t even want to go out. When I was talking to people I thought they were all looking at my skin.

Your skin looks perfect now…

I’m 30 this year so I promised myself I was going to have amazing skin for my birthday in December. You know what, my skin to me is now perfect. I don’t have to slap on the foundation. I’ve tried everything but I’ve finally found what works for me.

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Tell us the secret!

I started to take collagen supplements daily and it seemed to make a difference. So I went away and, with the help of a team, formulated my own unique version with aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and 8,500mg of collagen, which is quite a lot. So here we are now – it’s called Revive Collagen. It’s really what’s worked for my skin.

What does your skincare regime look like?

I keep it really simple and just cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day. I use the pHformula E.X.F.O. Cleanse (£45). It’s really gentle. My acne has also left me with some scarring so I have professional microneedling in those areas.

Would you ever be tempted to delve into other anti-ageing procedures?

Not now. Other than sorting out my skin scarring, I stick to a nice skin routine, take my collagen and make sure I’m drinking enough water. I don’t necessarily think I need to take further measures.

Any make-up favourites?

I love Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (£33.50) and By Terry Cellularose Brightening CC Serum (£61). I also use Benny Hancock Bronzer (£39) and I do my brows with the Iconic London Sculpt & Boost Eyebrow Cushion (£24). I wear Tatti Lashes (from £9) because I haven’t got any eyelashes, but not every day.

You’ve been open about suffering from a condition that makes you pull out your lashes. Have you come to terms with it now?

I actually had a new therapy yesterday to stop the pulling, but I’ve tried everything and it’s been 20 years. The condition is called trichotillomania and it’s a tough one to break. I feel fine now without fake lashes but I’m more comfortable with a bit of black eyeliner for definition. I think I look a bit weird without anything on my eyes.

Do you find it tricky to get “me time” with two little ones?

The kids get up at 7am and I tend to get up at 6.30am, so I’m ahead of the game. My make-up routine takes 10 minutes these days. But the kids are really good and they play together – and Rosie likes getting ready with me.

Which do you prefer, looking red carpet ready or less made up?

In the last few months I’ve realised I actually prefer myself when my make-up is less glam. I don’t know what it is, but heavy make-up doesn’t suit me, and as you get older you realise what works for your face. My sister Billie is much more glam than me.


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Did you and Billie pinch each other’s make-up growing up?

We had a lot of make-up and we used a lot of fake tan. Mum would go mad at us. She’d say, “I’m not cleaning that bathroom again!” I still message Billie when I find a new beauty product I love.

Any beauty disasters to admit to?

Yeah, of course. I used to use two sets of eyelashes and they drooped down. Terrible. And eyebrows – I’ve had some really bad brows. I also tried to dye my hair red and I’ll never do that again!

Do you feel pressure to look “perfect” on social media?

Everyone follows the Kardashian look, but I’ve been taking selfies using no filter and no editing, and I think it just looks so pretty. I’m not saying I’m so pretty, but I prefer being real. I’ve got a daughter and I don’t know what will be going on in her era, but I’ll let her know her skin’s lovely as it is without a filter.

For more information and to buy Revive Collagen, visit revivecollagen.com. subscriptions start at £27.99

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