Ootastic: PCOS in pictures

February 26, 2015

30 Film Females: The Skin I Live In (2011 again!)

Filed under: 30 Film Females, acne, CHD — ootastic @ 10:57 am

After drawing a cartoon about my zipper scar, I thought I’d record all of my various scars.  Unlike most posts in this blog series, the idea for the picture came before the film and I decided it suited the Spanish psychological thriller The Skin I Live In.  The disturbingly twisty plot sees Elena Anaya as an unwilling guinea pig in a renegade scientist’s experiment with artificial skin.  The protective face mask she wears is reminiscent of famous fictional artificial intelligences ranging from the 1927 classic Metropolis, spoof spy flick Austin Powers, Pixar animation Wall-E and the recent release Ex Machina.  Incidentally, I love that Wikipedia has a page listing fictional female robots and cyborgs.

I drew a simple representation of the female form (the bodily proportions should imply gender) and added my permanent scars – blue for the older ones from heart surgery and severe chickenpox, red for the more recent ones from teenage acne and my caesarean section.  I still have a few skin blemishes from my bout of hand, foot and mouth disease last year, but these seem to be fading with time.  I occasionally feel self-conscious about my scars, but feel proud of what my body has coped with.  Changing Faces is a charity which supports people who have conditions/injuries or scars/marks which affect their appearance.



  1. I have a scar from running with scissors (even though my mother told me not to). Luckily they were round-ended safety scissors.

    Comment by BridgetB — February 26, 2015 @ 6:57 pm

    • “Running With Scissors” would be a good name for a popular beat combo.

      Comment by ootastic — March 4, 2015 @ 9:22 am

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  4. Oops, just realised the horizontal blue scar should be on the other side!

    Comment by ootastic — October 7, 2016 @ 3:53 pm

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