Most of the time, social media and acne seem like they don’t go together. Everywhere you look, there are pristine airbrushed pictures of people living their best lives. It can often feel like acne doesn’t fit into that standard.
Research has shown that out of 1010 teens (15-19 years old) who were surveyed about how acne impacted their social media usage, 86% said they have or have had acne before. 68% said they or their peers alter their photos to hide their acne and 58% said they offered to take the photograph to avoid being in the picture.
Acne anxiety has been amplified by social media, a tool that was created to connect us to each other. But acne anxiety doesn’t have to control your life or your social media pages.
Acne positive social media pages and hashtags have been growing in popularity lately–and for good reason! Some feature personal stories of the journey through struggling with acne. Others talk about tips and awareness of what brings about breakouts. All of these posts feature different skin textures, types of acne, and how to overcome feeling like you can’t be in the picture. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when posting on social media or even taking pictures of yourself to help you feel more confident and comfortable:
- You can be fierce without being flawless
Life isn’t perfect and sometimes your skin isn’t either. The important part to remember is that you have value regardless of what your skin looks like. You are allowed to accept the flaws and love your skin.
- Makeup won’t always cover it
You can’t always change how your skin looks and feels with makeup on. Those of us with textured skin from acne realize this early on. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t look and feel beautiful. If makeup makes you feel better, by all means, do you. Loving your skin is a journey for everyone. Believe in yourself that you can take that first step toward being comfortable in your own skin.
- Be kind to yourself
You bring something rare and wonderful into the world with or without acne. You can find your confidence and fully believe all the amazing qualities that you are. You can laugh, smile, and take pictures without fear of what you look like. Because in those moments, you are at your most beautiful.
- Some things are worth the investment
When you invest your own money into products and don’t see immediate results, sometimes it can be discouraging. A lot of times, we look for quick, cheap, easy fixes that may only work temporarily or not at all. That’s why excellent skincare and working with an a professional who just treats acne is worth the investment from the very start. Seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and realizing that your skincare is actually working for you instead of against you makes the entire journey worth the ride.
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