Social media is such a massive part of all of our lives. I am constantly on my phone. For years I have scrolled through Instagram stalking the profiles of gorgeous girls with flawless skin and killer bodies. Every time I do this I feel envious and end up feeling rubbish about myself. I’m sure I am not the only victim of this; there are statistics to prove how social media can be causing us to hate our bodies.
I suffer from acne and it is hard not to hate the skin I am in. On my social media accounts, you will find photos that are highly edited and I wouldn’t dare post a Snapchat selfie without a filter. It is something I have always found difficult to talk about and it affects my self-confidence on a daily basis. It can also lead to anxiety and depression.
I recently came across some Instagram accounts and blogs of people who share their experiences and journeys with acne. I decided to create my own separate account to document my acne experiences, and it has helped me so much. I only follow other accounts that are based around skincare/acne, so I feel confident sharing my experiences because they are going through the exact same thing. I have even got as far posting pictures of my bare face! That’s something I didn’t ever think I would say.
It is so easy to feel alone. I find that acne isn’t something that is discussed openly, and with the power of makeup these days it is hard to tell who suffers and who doesn’t. Living in such a small town, I sometimes feel like I am the only one who has acne. All of my friends seem to have clear glowing skin and I feel like I want to hide when I am around them.
It is so refreshing to see other people expressing how they are suffering from acne and how it is affecting them. Instagram has a #acnecommunity of people who share tips and advice for coping with acne. I love being able to scroll through my Instagram feed and instead of seeing models with a flawless complexion that is more than likely the result of airbrush, I see real people showing how they suffer from real issues just like I do.
I am a strong believer in helping yourself, and by surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself and help and encourage you, is a change we all need to make.