Instagram through the years has given us many trends — some were gross (bug make up), some were sexy AF (molten lips) and some were extremely out there (think unicorn hair). But now, much to our surprise, Instagram is slowly becoming a place for body positivity. As much as social media gets slammed for creating impossible beauty standards, this new trend on Insta is heartwarming.
There's a new self-love trend stirring on social media. Just as the ongoing body positivity movement has made it so stretch marks, thighs that touch, and all different body shapes are better represented and celebrated in fashion, entertainment, and beyond—the latest frontier for acceptance is a common affliction nearly everyone's dealt with: acne.
The feeds are now filling with raw photos of cystic pimples, whiteheads, redness, hyperpigmentation, and scars. This trend refreshes memories of 2015, when Em Ford of My pale Skin Blog unveiled just how much vitriol showcasing acne on social media brought with her viral video, "You Look Disgusting." The pseudo-makeup tutorial, which has since collected over 27 million views, exposed real, nasty comments she received once she started posting makeup-free photos.
Watch the heart breaking but fierce video below:
Cassandra Bankson, another blogger, back in 2015, stole hearts with her makeup tutorials, that to a large extent sensitized the internet about the issue.
Take a look at this latest beauty positive trend!
The recent acne bashing that Kendall Jenner faced sparked a few strong reactions and it wouldn't be far fetched to say that this is what started the trend.
Here's what her acne looked like on the red carpet:
Blogger kali Kushner posted this photo of her face with the caption, " [sic] Acne is only temporary ✨ An important reminder, as this is something I often forget. It does not define who you are unless you let it. "
London-based dermatologist Anjali Mahto took a close-up selfie of her acne. "I am not a perfect dermatologist with perfect skin—nor do I aspire to be," she wrote, detailing that she'd been dealing with the skin issue since 1992 and tried everything from nine rounds of roaccutane to the birth control pill.
She continued, "Sometimes it isn’t down to what we are eating or sleepless nights or heavy make-up or anything else we are doing wrong. It is just the luck of the DNA draw in terms of our unique combination of hormones and genetic."
Even models, whose paychecks depend on the unreal idea of perfection, have started being more outspoken about acne. Model Briana Lopez posted a widely-shared photo of her acne at its worst. "To be a model you basically need to be 'perfect,' she wrote, "I've struggled with [my skin] so much, and I feel like I need to stop pretending like I haven't. Especially in this industry—it can be very deceiving about body image and skin." She posted a photo of her face before and after treatment and gave us folks the strength to carry on.
Belle Lucia, whose feed looks like any other model's with its bikinis shots, #OOTDs, and travel images, uncharacteristically posted a side-by-side photo of her usual envy-inducing selfie with one that showed clusters of breakouts.
"No one is perfect," she declared. "I'm posting this to hopefully help those out there suffering with acne or anyone worrying about the way they look, because when I was young I wish someone would have told me that your looks don't define you and even the 'models' you see on advertisements aren't perfect."
Celebrities, too, have stepped up to be more open about their acne struggles. In December, Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose shared photos of acne on her Instagram stories as a power move against tabloids scrutinizing her skin at a movie premiere.
Meanwhile, in September, Rachel Bloom posted a selfie on the set of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend with her hormonal acne on full display.
Seeing zits have never been more delightful. Struggling with acne for years together, most of us are deeply familiar with all the self-hate and frustration that comes with it. Scrolling through closeups of people owning their breakouts makes us feel less alone. Here's hoping that pimples become so normal and uninteresting that headlines won't have to be written every time someone says so.
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