In today's day and age, when all that people seem to be working for is aesthetic perfection, a new 'acne positive' movement is encouraging them to open up and accept their respective skin problems.
Acne positive movement comes shortly after others of the same kind, offering support to those who suffer from vitiligo, freckles and even stretch marks and asking them to accept their natural appearances. The main objective is to tell those who with acne that it's okay.
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According to The Guardian, the movement traces back to British blogger Em Ford, who posted a video on YouTube called You Look Disgusting, back in 2015. The video featured her with both a full face of makeup and completely bare skin, where her acne was visible. It garnered more than 10 million views in just a week, including hateful comments from users stating that she looks “ugly” and “gross.”
Dr Bav Shergill from the British Association of Dermatologists said that acne usually “affects people without much power in society, such as adolescents.” He revealed how photos of high-school students with skin problems were shown to a group as a part of a study. The results revealed that if there was any “disfigurement” on the face, the student was viewed as an “introverted nerd.”
Many people believe that acne only occurs in your teenage years only. However, in some rare cases, it can last well into adulthood as well. About 25% of all women over the age of 30 still have acne.
But it seems like Acne positivity is bringing in the winds of change, as more and more people are now embracing their “flawed” skins. Celebrities such as Lorde have followed suit, undisturbed by what fans might say. Even Justin Bieber once posted a photo on Instagram with a caption that read, “Pimples are in,” which was later deleted. And then, in 2017, Teen Vogue launched the 'Acne Awards.'
And that’s not all! In 2017, photographer and activist Peter DeVito was surprised when he found out that supermodel Cara Delevingne had reposted a picture of him. DeVito – who had never published a photo of himself without retouching it – once shared a picture in which he had the phrase “acne is normal,” written on his face. He had recently realised that it was “dumb to retouch an image only for people to forget about it minutes after.”
But with the growing acne positivity initiative, DeVito shared that he’s glad people are receiving it well. He commented, “It makes me happy when people accept themselves for the way they look and learn to stop comparing themselves to other people on social media all the time.”
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On the other hand, Ford will be launching another video titled You Look Disgusting 2.0 on her Youtube channel My Pale Skin, soon.
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