How I Felt Insecure While Battling Skin Disorder – Actress, Efe Irele Opens Up

The actress also shared her thoughts on the subject of actors being stereotyped in the Nollywood industry.

Efe Irele, a Nigerian actress, has recounted how she battled hyperpigmentation, which inspired her to create her own skincare line.

Speaking in an interview with Sunday Scoop, she said, “My skin at its worst was my inspiration for creating a skincare line. I remember how insecure I felt when I was battling hyperpigmentation and terrible hormonal acne. I have had different skin issues at different times. Sometimes, I did not even want to go outside, not to talk of being on screen. There was also the constant struggle to figure out what products wouldn’t make my skin worse. Those who know would tell you that it’s ‘hit or miss’ out there. All that put me on the path of gaining more knowledge about skincare and creating products that solve most skin issues with super effective formulas that help boost confidence.”

Sharing her thoughts on actors being stereotyped in Nollywood, Irele said, “Even in Hollywood, it happens. When someone knows one as a movie character, it is only natural that they view one through that lens. When one sees American actor, Morris Chestnut, one would look at him as a lover boy. When one sees English actor, Jason Statham, one would picture him as a hero. It’s only normal.”

On how she felt that her colleagues turned up en-masse for the launch of her skincare line, the beautiful actress said, “I feel blessed and loved. I have been able to develop some relationships that began on movie sets into real friendship. That is why you saw them there on that day. It wasn’t convenient for them to attend, as many of them were on set filming that day. But, they still made it. I owe them big time.”

Baring her mind about being a sought after actress in Nollywood, the ‘Grow Up Or Nuts’ actress said, “I am excited that I’m in the conversation when it comes to our industry. It keeps me on my toes to keep getting better. There is a huge difference between the Efe Irele of two years ago and today. I just want to keep getting better.”

When asked if she felt she would have been more successful if she weren’t an actress, Irele stated, “It depends on what you mean by success. Financially, I would have been better off but as per fulfilment, I’m not so sure. My passion is here and I’m happy. I won’t trade it for anything.”

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