Women have acne. Women have acne on their faces, necks, chests, breasts, and backs. Women have oily skin and acne scars and that’s just the beginning of it. Despite how many of us have it, it seems it will never be accepted in society. It seems the more we tell people to cover it up, the more we’re pretending it’s going to go away, and for many women it doesn’t. We see hundreds of ads daily about “fixing our skin” and “hiding our blemishes” as though acne were as simple as putting on a cream and waking up with clear skin. Clear skin is a skin type, not a healthcare routine. Women are sick of being asked if we’ve washed our faces or being told that makeup only makes our acne worse. Sometimes we can’t go outside because what’s on our faces is always on our minds.
Acne is something lots of us have and will continue to have whether or not we eat like Instagram models or drink several gallons of water a day. With something as natural as acne being considered ugly, young people grow up seeing themselves in a negative light and wait until their acne goes away. It’s ridiculous to consider that just a trick of light on a selfie can make us look like we have clear skin, which is when we feel most beautiful. We need to learn we’re beautiful no matter what marks our skin. I’ve had acne since I was 13 and even though it’s no longer as bad as it was, to this day I struggle with leaving the house makeup-less and uncovered. That’s 5 years of hating how I looked, hundreds of skin creams and many limiting and unrealistic diets to make my acne go away, but now I have learnt it might not be going anywhere.
Acne will still be there when covered in makeup. Acne is human. No amount of “skin care” can take that away from us. Stop demonising acne in the media and making it ugly.
And so I write this to encourage girls to stop buying from brands which suggest “minimising the appearance of pores”, “give you flawless skin”, or “whiten your skin in up to 3 days”, which tries to make the natural way skin is, seem ugly and unfashionable. You’ll see much more of the exploitation of our appearances through brands as you get older, so stop giving these corporations the satisfaction of preying on young girl’s insecurities for the sake of business. Your skin is not a flaw sis, keep rockin’ it and screw the expectations.
light yagami taught me tricks to make sure no ones been in my room and how to lie to my parents and get away with it. what the hell did L’s frog ass teach me?? how to ruin my posture and die? fuck you L
You know the greatest lesson of history? It’s that history is whatever the victors say it is. That’s the lesson. Whoever wins, that’s who decides the history. We act in our own self-interest. Of course we do. Name me a person or a nation who does not. The trick is figuring out where your interests are.