HEY! YOU! STOP SCROLLING FOR ONE FUCKING SECOND AND LEMME TELL Y'ALL ABOUT THE MIRACLE THAT IS KNOWN AS AFRICAN BLACK SOAP.

YOU SEE, ONCE UPON A TIME, I HAD THE WORST ACNE IN THE FUCKIN WORLD. LIKE, IT WAS LITERALLY PAINFUL. I SHIT YOU NOT,I WAS LITERALLY MORE ACNE THAN ACTUAL FACE. I HAD BOUGHT ALL THE FUCKIN 80$+ ACNE KITS, YOU KNOW THE ONES. YOU SEE EM’ ADVERTISED IN INFOMERCIALS ALL THE GODDAMN TIME BY FOLKS WHO HAVE NEVER HAD ACNE A DAY IN THEIR GODDAMN LIFE. WELL, NONE OF THEM WERE HELPING. AT ALL.

I WAS JUST BEGINNING TO ACCEPT THAT I WAS DOOMED TO BE PIZZA FACE UNTIL MY 30’S WHEN I WAS INTRODUCED TO THIS MIRACLE PRODUCT BY THIS HIPPIE-ASS FUCKER I KNEW. SHE CLAIMED THAT IF I USED IT IN PLACE OF FACE WASH, IT WOULD CLEAR ME RIGHT UP, NO SHIT. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I WAS MORE THAN A BIT SKEPTICAL. AFTER ALL, WE HAD SPENT LITERALLY HUNDREDS ON MIRACLE ACNE REMEDIES THAT DIDN’T FUCKING WORK, SO WHY THE FUCK WOULD THIS SHIT? IT WASN’T EVEN FUCKING MEDICATED! BUT I FIGURED I HAD NOTHING TO LOSE, SO I WENT FOR IT.

WELL, LEMME TELL Y'ALL. I WAS WRONG. SO FUCKING WRONG. 

WITHIN A WEEK, HALF OF MY ACNE WAS GONE. WITHIN THREE, I HAD THE CLEAREST SKIN I’D HAD SINCE I WAS A YOUNG CHILD.

PEOPLE NOW ASK ME ALL THE FUCKING TIME WHAT MY SECRET TO CLEAR SKIN IS, AND I TELL THEM ALL ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL SHIT. IT WORKS MIRACLES, AND IT DOESN’T FUCKING BURN YOUR EYES IF YOU GET IT WITHIN TWO INCHES OF THEM, UNLIKE TRADITIONAL ACNE CREAMS DO. AND THE BEST PART? IF YOU ARE LIKE ME AND HAVE SENSITIVE-ASS SKIN, AND/OR IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO A LOT OF THE SHIT OUT THERE, THIS STUFF IS ALL NATURAL, AND SUPER GENTLE. SERIOUSLY. I’M PRETTY SURE YOU COULD RUB THIS SHIT IN YOUR EYES IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO, BUT I HAVEN’T FELT INCLINED TO DO THAT.

WHAT’S THAT? YOU HAVE DANDRUFF AND NONE OF THOSE FANCY-ASS SPECIAL SHAMPOOS HAVE HELPED? WELL, YOU BEAUTIFUL FUCKER, YOU’RE IN LUCK, BECAUSE THIS SHIT CLEARS THAT UP TOO! 

GOT PSORIASIS? ECZEMA? NO PROBLEM!  NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS ARE ANY MATCH FOR THIS SHIT!

WHAT’S THAT? YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU CAN BUY THIS MIRACLE SUBSTANCE? WELL, POP ON OVER HERE AND GO FORTH AND GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS WONDERFUL SHIT, YOU BEAUTIFUL FUCKER!

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As someone who suffers from severe eczema, my body has gone from the color of my face to the dark brown, light brown patches seen in the photo on the right.

One of my good friends said to me one day:
“Your skin looks hand crafted. Reminding me of grandmother Willow from Pocahontas. Since Mother Nature is a black woman, who crafted all of this, including the willow trees… Your skin is the epitome of that. Like pure art”.

Since then. I’ve learned to love my skin.
My eczema scars.
My hyperpigmentation.

I’ve learned to love it all.
I’m like Grandmother Willow. That’s the best compliment if I ever heard.

💛🍃✨

To people who don't have eczema

Here’s a few tips next time you tell someone with eczema what you think.

“just put lotion it”
-All the lotion in the world could not help

“why do you make that face”
-I’m in pain right now pls stop talking

“I’ve heard cold baths help with that”
-How about YOU try taking a cold ass bath

“What does it feel like”
-you know that one itch you have on your back that you just can’t reach? Imagine that feeling 24/7 all over your body.

“Why don’t you just itch it”
-eczema is known as the “itch that rashes” ITCHING MAKES NOTHING BETTER

“why can’t you use scented lotion”
- k have you ever gotten splashed by boiling water? It’s like that except all over

“It’s cold in here”
-and I am burning

“Ew cover up your eczema so we don’t have to see it”
-I’m so f***ing sorry my eczema is totally ruining your life.

Growing up with eczema

(because everybody thinks all we have to do is put on lots of lotion and not scratch)

  • waking up in pain with blood all over your sheets
  • being afraid to go to sleep because you can’t control your scratching when you’re asleep
  • having to do your laundry all the time because dead skin cells are everywhere
  • everything burns in the shower, even when you use cold water
  • no hot water: no hot showers, no hot tubs, no hot springs
  • not being able to go on sleepovers or travel to certain places because you can’t pack your humidifier or air purifier or the climate will fuck you up or there are just too many allergens there
  • if you ever do feel like going anywhere, having to pack your entire medicine cabinet (gauze and bandages included)
  • having to be careful with anything you put on your skin: makeup, lotions, etc…
  • clothing: as a child, cotton only - no jeans, no polyester, nope
  • when eczema breaks out on your face or any visible part of your body, and people are afraid of being near you for fear of catching some horrible disease. also people just straight up staring at you
  • hiding at home because you feel like the ugliest person in the world
  • not being able to wear short sleeves or shorts because you’re afraid of people seeing your scars
  • the only medications that work have horrible side effects…like topical steroid withdrawal or increasing the risk of skin cancer
  • being the really annoying friend with all the food allergies
  • not being able to exercise when you want to because you’re allergic to your own sweat or your joints are too inflamed to move
  • not being able to cry because your eyelids might break out
  • landing in the hospital because of life-threatening skin infections

…just sorta needed to get this off my chest

BUT YOU GUYS

If you are battling with a skin condition you’re actually a badass okay

Like the laws of the universe literally state that if you are capable of dealing with dry, itchy, red, splotchy, bloody, painful, and/or bumpy skin you’re actually a total badass

Having a skin condition is actually like really difficult but look at you

Look. At. You.

YOU ARE LIVING THROUGH THIS AND THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE REALLY PROUD OF SO CONGRATULATIONS YOU’RE AMAZING

one thing that really irks me about eczema and body positivity is that it isn’t really represented within the movement. Why? Because it’s not a “pretty” disorder. You can’t draw cutesy art or take cute, arty photos of your eczema because, simply put, eczema looks disgusting. It weeps, it bleeds, it peels, it scabs, it crusts….it’s pretty damn gross. And because it’s so gross, people are unwilling to be body positive about it. And to those of you in the eczema community who are trying to get us a bigger part in the body positivity movement, I salute you.