In my July beauty product post, I mentioned that I had an acne flare-up a couple of months ago. I hadn’t had an acne flare-up like this in years; I was feeling so self-conscious about the blemishes on my skin.
I was trying everything, exfoliating, hydrating products, trying different cleansers and sunscreens—testing which products would work and the products that were making it worse. I was attempting the ten-step routines and the latest trends and brands. But nothing was working, and I felt so embarrassed and insecure about my skin.
Acne has become so stigmatized and stereotyped. That if you have acne, you do not take care of yourself, or you lack proper hygiene. But that’s not true at all. A lot of the time, we fail to consider other factors of acne, like hormones, what we eat, where we live, what we have access to. Not everyone can afford a dermatologist or constantly purchasing new skincare.
And while it’s easy to forget, social media is fake. When we see people with unblemished skin, we forget filters and editing to help achieve a flawless look. Celebrities and influencers have access to high-end luxuries that most of us don’t.
While I don’t think the negative connotations and stigmatizations of acne will go away anytime soon. I would like to see more in advertising and social media in general. I would love to see beauty brands show what everyday users look like. I want them to prove that their skincare does work. And I want makeup brands to show what their makeup looks like on textured skin.
So, I am going to be super vulnerable here and show my before and current pictures. I don’t call it an after photo because my skin isn’t perfect, and it’s never going to be perfect. Instead, I am proud of where my skin is today and the patience I had to get rid of my acne and heal my scarring.
To some, it sounds that I am overdramatic. But I also believe this is a necessary conversation to have. And while I am happy with the way my skin looks today, I also should have been happy with it in April.
Thanks for reading!