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Gymnast McKayla Maroney Needled In Raw Suicidal Reveal

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By Rebecca Cukier

Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney has revealed she considered taking her own life in a series of photos documenting her recovery from debilitating acne. The 25-year-old vault queen, fresh from a major health scare as she was hospitalized with kidney stones last month, today took to her Glohé wellness Instagram to chronicle a stunning transformation. The London 2012 Olympics face asked fans to swipe for her prior acne-riddled skin, with the fresh-faced beauty also making raw mental health reveal. Check it out below.

Hard Times With Acne Battle

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Scroll for the needle action, which came as throwbacks of Maroney undergoing acupuncture for common and troubling skin condition acne. McKayla, who was clear in complexion in her opening car selfies as she posed in a cream-button shirt and with plump limps, gorgeous skin, and a sweet semi-smile, then shared older photos – here, the gymnast was clearly battling acne, showing pimples and the treatment she'd been receiving to try and tackle it.

Calling it her "not so cute acne struggles," Maroney then explained her mindset during darker days.

See Her Skin Now Below!

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Addressing fans, McKayla wrote: "I was really not doing well at that time, so I was also kind of a mess in general. I would take these pictures to see if my skin was getting better or not."

Admitting that she thought her "raw vegan diet" might have been the cause of the flared-up skin, the California native then got candid. "I will be honest though, that time of my life was pretty dark. I was not wanting to be alive sometimes just because things felt so bad."

Scroll For Her Buns Of Steel Workout

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Maroney, adding: "In the thick of it I didn’t see how things could turn around for me," then listed types of acne, from "inflamed stress acne" to the latest pandemic "Maskne," stating:

"Impaired skin barrier acne, eating too much sugar causing candida acne. Health issues like sibo, and leaky gut acne. Binge eating acne."

In short, Maroney has had all of them. The brunette, admitting she wanted "out" in her darkest days, then thanked God that she kept trying to find what "worked" for her. See the workout below!

Risking It With Caffeine

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Just today, McKayla updated via her stories to reveal that she's been cheating a little on a substance she technically doesn't feel she should be ingesting. The star has been hitting up cute coffee shops near her, with today seeing her state that she knows caffeine doesn't work in her favor, but after her kidney stones drama, she's been finding that foods make her sick.

Closing her post, McKayla promised that none of her images were edited. #acne was the final word.

If gymnast Simone Biles sounds familiar, see her removing her chest piercing in a bikini below.

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