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Man who was bullied at school is now paid to work with skincare brands

Instagrammer, 33, who was tormented at school because of his acne now earns up to £6,000-per-post sharing skincare and beauty tips – and is not afraid to show his blemishes online

  • Scott McGlynn, 33, from Wales, was bullied at school and called ‘pizza face’
  • Has since embraced his flaws and gets paid to work with top skincare brands
  • Instagrammer has collaborated with the likes of Bobbi Brown and Neutrogena

An Instagrammer who was bullied at school and called ‘pizza face’ has told how now gets paid to work with top skincare brands. 

Scott McGlynn, 33, from Wales – who has more than 130,000 Instagram followers and is known online for sharing skin and beauty problems – added that since growing in popularity online the ex-bullies now want to be his friend.

The influencer, who has even been snapped up by a modelling agency, only became obsessed with skincare following the mean name-calling at school and admits he still battles with confidence issues to this day.

Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Scott, who can make up to £6,000 for one Instagram post, said: ‘I suffered from bullying badly in school because of my acne and sexuality. It really knocked my confidence back. When I went into school, I really didn’t know what I was going to get’. 

Scott McGlynn, 33, from Wales – who has more than 130,000 Instagram followers and is known online for sharing skin and beauty problems. The influencer (pictured) now gets paid to work with top skincare brands – including the likes of Neutrogena and Bobbi Brown

 Scott (pictured) admits influencers fake their life online and says it is better to be authentic and real

The influencer was bullied from the age of 12 and says he would get called ‘pizza face’ and ‘spotty boy.’ Pictured, at school

‘They would call me ‘”face” and “spotty boy”, and other bad names I can’t reveal as they are so terrible. The bullying started when I was 12-years-old. 

‘Back then I didn’t have access to a phone and didn’t know how to search for products to help my skin condition. “How to guides” to reduce redness were hard to come by’.

As soon as Scott left school at 17, he says he’d blow all of his wages on his phone bill and skincare products.

‘I’d see something in a magazine or on TV and buy it, spending hundreds at a time,’ he explained. ‘I was quite naïve and thought if it had fancy packaging and a nice fragrance it would cure my problems. 

Scott McGlynn (pictured), 33, from Wales, who was bullied at school and called ‘pizza face’ has told how he’s had the last laugh after finally learning to embrace his flaws

Scott (pictured) says he suffered from bullying badly in school because of his acne and sexuality – adding that it really knocked his confidence

 The Instagrammer (pictured) admits he slipped into the industry trend of looking ‘overly perfect’ and would edit and manipulate his posts to fit in when he first started out

‘I have sensitive skin and the rich fragrance and alcohol used to cause more flare ups. I am wiser now and research into every ingredient listed. 

‘I actually find for me it is the cheaper products at around the £5 that are kinder to my skin’.

Scott, who has since collaborated with the likes of Bobbi Brown, Boohoo Man, Neutrogena, IT Cosmetics and ASOS, admits influencers fake their life online and says it is better to be authentic and real – adding that his mum comes to him for beauty advice and tips. 

He started off being ‘real’ online when he first began using social media. However, he admits he soon slipped into the industry trend of looking ‘overly perfect’ and would edit and manipulate his posts to fit in – which he stopped doing five years ago.

‘I felt guilty for not being authentic,’ he explained. ‘I felt as if the bullies had won and I did not want to be a hypocrite. 

‘I wanted to help other people and that is why I started being “me” again and began giving honest product reviews and being more open about things’. 

Scott (pictured) says he often gives his mum beauty advice and skincare tips – adding that she refers to him as the ‘beauty guru’

Last year Scott was named a global skincare ambassador for Neutrogena – something which he describes as a real ‘pinch me’ moment. Pictured, on a panel

Scott (pictured) stopped editing his photos around five years ago so he could be more ‘real’ with his followers

Scott, who is now determined to help inspire others who are struggling with their looks or personal identity, continued: ‘They put a new background in and tag in a different location. I don’t believe you should fake a life and I prefer to celebrate real and honest content. 

‘I admit I can be jealous when I look at other Instagram feeds, but I know the tricks that many influencers try to get away with. Luckily, more and more people are switched on now and they can’t get away with as much anymore.’

Scott went on to admit that at school he had one friend who used to stick up for him, and while he now has thousands of online pals, he still has a very small friendship circle – made up of five ‘real’ friends.  

However, after his podcast show reached the top 5 in the UK iTunes chart and following the success of his debut book OUT, he has seen a big change.

‘The ex-bullies now ask friends and family about me and have tried to connect but I ignore the texts and never reply,’ he said. ‘There is no bad blood, but I just don’t want to engage.’

He has also been the target of online trolling and says ‘people online can be nasty,’ too. 

‘I have been called all sorts of things,’ he said. ‘Some people even set up fake online profiles and pretend to be me. They literally steal all of your content.

The 33-year-old (pictured) admits he can get jealous when he looks at other Instagram feeds, but says he know the tricks that many influencers try to get away with

Scott and his one school friend who used to stick up for him at school pictured in recent times at a party

‘I try and see it as flattering, but you don’t know what the person behind the profile is saying or doing. It can be quite scary’.

‘I used to wear make-up to hide my insecurities and still suffer from breakouts and redness to this day, but I am so much comfortable in my own skin.’

‘I even met a modelling agent who signed me. I met them on a TV advert for a local shopping centre and the next day I went into their offices and signed a contract.’

He continued: ‘I love doing photoshoots and have been brave enough to pose topless. I don’t fit into the normal beauty standards for men, but I am not ashamed in the slightest of my body and looks. I actually get booked because I look like a normal guy. 

‘Yes, I still get spots and don’t have a six pack, but being myself has opened up opportunities. 

Speaking of the moment he was named global skincare ambassador for Neutrogena last year, Scott added: ‘I had to pinch myself when I saw the email. It is really great that companies are looking for people who are relatable to their audience.’

‘Men’s beauty is really getting noticed and companies are offering a good amount of men’s products, but I also know some brands exploit the growing demand and package up products to target men. But they are just the exact same product with different packaging aimed at us.’ 

The Instagrammer (pictured) is speaking out in a bid to help inspire others who are struggling with their looks or personal identity

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