From 'dartboard face' to model ace: How teenager overcame severe acne and years of bullying to become a beauty queen contestant

A teenage girl has revealed how she once had so many spots on her face she was nicknamed 'dart board' by cruel bullies at school.

But now Harriet Page has entered a beauty pageant after taking medication and finding a new sense of self-belief.

Harriet Page

Harriet Page was bullied at school because of her acne

Beating the bullies: Harriet Page (left) has entered Miss Hampshire 2012. She had suffered from terrible acne when she was younger (right)

Harriet Page

Harriet Page

The blonde 18-year-old said she had been left with no confidence during her teenage years after suffering from terrible acne.

Acne is thought to be caused by changes in hormones that are triggered during puberty.

Although most teenagers suffer from spot breakouts as a result, Harriet suffered from a severe case with painful red papules and pustules on the skin.

Harriet was prescribed Roaccutane, which is the most powerful drug for combating acne, for four months. Now only the smallest of scars remain and she says she is finally happy to leave the house without makeup.

She now has her sights set on winning Miss Hampshire 2012 after her mother encouraged her to enter.

Harriet, from Locks Heath, near Fareham, Hampshire, said the decision has given her a new sense of self-belief.

The Cardiff University student added: 'This is the first beauty pageant I have entered, so I didn't expect to get anywhere.

'I haven't thought about what it would be like to win but I would be speechless.

'Just to get this far is amazing and I'm so happy with that because it has helped build my confidence even more.

'A while ago I couldn't go out anywhere without make up on. My skin was so bad that I got a lot of comments – things like 'dart board'.

'It knocked my confidence so much and I never wanted to go in the next day.

'It just made me want to prove to the bullies that I could do something.

'My mum told me I should enter the pageant, saying 'go for it' – and I did.

'Now I feel confident enough to go out without make-up.'

Harriet achieved four A-levels and is now studying for a degree in Spanish and Italian at Cardiff University.