Georgia Valerie “Toff” Toffolo, 24, is probably best known for appearing on E4 reality television series Made in Chelsea from 2014. Her fame reached new heights after winning the seventeenth series of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2017. Despite her bubbly demeanour, the reality star has had her emotional struggles too. On ITV’s This Morning last year, Toff revealed her ongoing battle with acne.
The I’m A Celebrity winner revealed she had suffered with acne since she was 18. Due to the severity of her skin condition, she was permitted to bring her foundation into the jungle with her because it’s classed as a medical condition.
Speaking on the show, she revealed the impact it had on her: “It got really bad when I was in Australia and I cried a lot in my hotel because I couldn’t face being on TV and being so exposed without my foundation.
“Thankfully I was allowed it because it’s been a medical condition for so long.
“But I can’t believe my spots almost prevented me from doing something I’ve wanted to do for ages.”
The I’m A Celeb Winner divulged that she had also been the subject of online abuse.
Speaking to dermatologist Dr Anjali Mahto, Toff admitted initially feeling too embarrassed to go and seek help.
She said: “I’m very jolly by nature but I get very upset when my skin is bad, I dread leaving the house.”
According to the NHS, acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some point. It causes spots, oily skin and sometimes skin that’s hot or painful to touch.
As the health body explained, acne most commonly develops on the:
- Face – this affects almost everyone with acne
- Back – this affects more than half of people with acne
- Chest – this affects about 15 percent of people with acne
How to treat it
Despite her embarrassment, the reality star decided to open up about her condition publicly to encourage others to seek help.
There are a number of ways to treat acne. The best course of treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.
According to the NHS, these self-help techniques may be useful:
- Do not wash affected areas of skin more than twice a day. Frequent washing can irritate the skin and make symptoms worse.
- Wash the affected area with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water. Very hot or cold water can make acne worse.
- Do not try to “clean out” blackheads or squeeze spots. This can make them worse and cause permanent scarring.
- Avoid using too much make-up and cosmetics. Use water-based products that are described as non-comedogenic. This means the product is less likely to block the pores in a person’s skin.
- Completely remove make-up before going to bed.
- If dry skin is a problem, use a fragrance-free water-based emollient.
- Regular exercise cannot improve your acne, but it can boost a person’s mood and improve their self-esteem. Shower as soon as possible once finish exercising as sweat can irritate acne.
- A person should wash their hair regularly and try to avoid letting their hair fall across face.
As the health body notes, mild acne can be also controlled with medication. “If these do not control your acne, or it’s making you feel very unhappy, see a GP,” advised the health site. This is the route Toff has taken.