Did you know that 92% of people who experience acne have felt depressed and 14% felt suicidal? Read that again and take a moment to let that sink in.
For people who haven’t experienced consistent active acne breakouts, this statistic might sound unbelievable, dramatic even! But acne is more than just a hair follicle clogged with dead skin cells topped with excess oil. No - it’s more than just a skin condition. For acne experiencers, it is a source of physical (literally) and emotional pain. It is a root of self-doubt, isolation of one’s self, depression, misery even.
In this digital age full of photoshopped perfection, it’s refreshing to see a skin positivity movement rising and challenging the status quo one vulnerable, unedited post at a time.
1. ELIZABETH NGUYEN (@PRETTYPROGRESS23)
"Dear Pimples, thank you for teaching me that anyone who rejects me based on my appearance will never be worth my time. Thank you for pushing me to realise my talents and other splendid characteristics. Thank you for making me humble and less arrogant. Thank you for allowing me to understand more about my mind, health and body. Finally, thank you for teaching me how to truly love myself because with this love, I will never be alone. Thank you." You can visit her site documenting her acne too.
2. LEA (@SKINWITHLEA)
"Start replacing that time you spend obsessing over your skin with something that you love to do, something that makes you HAPPY. Stop letting your skin run the show and start being more of who you are."
3. SOFIA (@ISOTRETINOINWITHS)
"The only standard of beauty that you have to live up to are your own, all that currently makes you who you are. Because spoiler alert, you’re already beautiful, and you don’t have to cater to anyone besides yourself."
4. RACHEL (@beautygoesdeep)
"Once you ACCEPT yourself and LOVE yourself for who you are I promise you will feel better 💖 I know how hard it is and easy said than done but it WILL get BETTER. Just remember your acne does not define who are as a person and your are beautiful no matter what."
5. EMILY KEEL (@EMILYKEEL_)
"I want to share with you what has helped me: ✨Talk about it, it makes it 100 times easier. Confide in someone supportive. ✨Go and seek medical help for you skin or your mental health, there is absolutely zero shame in that! ✨Make sure you focus on doing things that make your soul smile and spend time with people that make you the happiest. ✨Stop following any Instagram accounts that make you feel like less of a person. ✨Be patient and be kind to yourself."
6. KALI KUSHNER (@MYFACESTORY)
"Incase you forgot!! 😘 You’re a shining star, no matter who ya areeee. You create your own standards of what’s beautiful, don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise 💓"
"Acne makes it easy to go down a road where you pick apart not only every part of your face but also every part of your entire being. Don't let acne tell you how to think "
8. GRACE (@ANOTHERACNEPAGE)
"Once I started to embrace my acne I actually started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Being honest about how much I was struggling was able to show others that it’s not something we should be ashamed of. Instead I see it as something that is completely normal and has shaped me into a stronger more compassionate person. I define beauty as something that cannot be seen at first glance but understood by actions and words. "