Written by @theacneaesthetic
· By Jamika Martin
Acne Is Normal Pt 2: Becoming @theacneaesthetic
Accepting that you have acne is a tough point to get to because you’re often too busy caught up with trying to get rid of it ASAP! But, I had given up on that battle. Months were going by and I saw no changes. At that point, I decided to take an alternate route to happiness: to not care anymore. I hope I didn’t make that sound easy, because it was far from that.
"A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER, A VIRAL PICTURE OF ME WENT AROUND ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF MY ACNE AT ITS WORST. PEOPLE CAPTIONED IT, 'REPOST OR YOU'LL LOOK LIKE THIS!'"
Once I felt that I had gotten to a place of comfortability with my skin, I decided to make a YouTube video on How to Be Confident With Acne. The video reached over 150,000 views and started giving me an audience of people who could relate, find comfort, and feel confident through hearing my experiences. A couple of months later, a viral picture of me went around on social media of my acne at its worse. People captioned it, “repost or you’ll look like this!” and, as you could imagine, everyone had an opinion in the comment section.
Situations like this could really break a person and make them insecure. But that was far from how it made me feel. I was actually ECSTATIC! That was when i knew I could turn my struggle into success. I got straight to work, I knew that I created a fan base of people who supported me and my mission to help others. After that post, I had enough leverage to start an Instagram page dedicated to my Acne Journey. I used my 15 minutes of fame to gain some momentum. It's a small community right now, but I hope to turn that part of me into business venture and expand further out to collaborate with bigger brands on the image of acne and its participation in the movement of body acceptance and imperfections.
My page is called @theacneaesthetic (The Acne Aesthetic), it’s a journal of my day to day life with acne. Its a collection of emotional venting, advice sharing, comment section conversations and uplifting story times. I would love if you joined that community and helped me uplift and cheer on other people who feel that acne is holding them back and bringing them down. Representation of people that look like you or relate to you makes a difference in people’s lives.
I wish you luck and I hope that you learn to accept yourself at every stage of your acne journey or your life journey.
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