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Whether we want it to or not, the media tends to shape the way we feel about ourselves. This, I’ve found, is especially true when it comes to skin. It’s unavoidable when we’re constantly bombarded with unrealistic imagery—from the magazines you read, commercials that come on during your favorite show, to shopping for makeup. For years, both celebrities and the media have promoted skin in an inauthentic way, creating a stigma around skin conditions and how people should look. Luckily, with the new wave of skin positivity, we’re starting to see more and more celebrities open up about their skin conditions and wanting to make a change against traditional beauty standards.
I don’t know about y’all but whenever I see a celeb or someone influential sharing their acne story it makes me feel a bit less alone in my journey and, honestly, excited!
From Lili Reinhart (Riverdale) who pokes fun and Snapchats her pimples to Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) and Bella Thorne who have taken to Instagram to talk about their struggle with acne—it all adds up to one HUGE thing. NORMALIZATION! “See, look it’s not just me who gets acne, celebrities get breakouts too!”
And I think that’s HUGE! Acne tends to be something that is hush hush, which often makes us feel guilty for having acne, like there is something wrong with us that needs to be fixed. There is this idea that we’re not doing enough and if you could only afford the “expensive skincare or treatments,” your skin would be clear.
For me, when a celeb shares their acne journey online it takes away both of these doubts by making acne feel normal and proving that money doesn’t always buy you clear skin.
In all, acne is completely normal and nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. You can try all the treatments in the world on your skin but at the end of the day, it’s not entirely in our control. While it can be a little frightening opening up about your skin (trust me I’ve been there), I think the more imagery we see of blemished beauties, the more acceptable it will become in society.
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