Growing up with acne wasn’t easy. Everyone I knew had perfect, clear skin.
I remember, I wouldn’t let anyone see me without makeup. I went a year SLEEPING IN MAKEUP at my boyfriends house because I was too scared to let him see my skin .
After I was acne free, I was left with the scars and I wasn’t happy with how my skin looked. I felt ugly and alone. Most of the time, it felt like I was the only one going through this. I would look at other girls and be so jealous of how pretty they were. My skin made me hate the way I looked and feel like I was the ugliest girl in the world.
When people would compliment me, I would just think WHY??? But, I've grown and learned that I can’t live like that. This is me and my skin, FOREVER whether I like it or not!
"We have to realize there is all kinds of beauty. The girl you see on Instagram, the girl you see walking past you, and that girl you see when you look in the mirror? They're all pretty."
We are our own worst critic and enemy. Most of us look at our acne/scars as a flaw or something that isn't normal, but it is normal. Having acne doesn’t make you ugly or any less beautiful. Instead of focusing on what you hate the most about yourself, focus on the things you love about yourself!
For example: What do you think your best feature is? I love my eyes and eyelashes.
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
Last year, I was randomly looking through Instagram and found the hash tag #acnecommunity. I saw so many of girls talking through their personal skin journeys and posting bare-faced photos with such positive attitudes. I thought to myself,
"Why don't I talk through my journey and see where it leads me? If they can do it, then so can I!"
#acnecommunity is a more than a hashtag, it is a community of acne sufferers all coming together for skin positivity and to help each other.
Now, I post photos with no makeup on for the world to see. I've realized my scars are apart of me. I am not ashamed or embarrassed anymore.
I AM CONFIDENT AND I AM BEAUTIFUL.
Millions of people deal with acne. Knowing this doesn't make it any less easy, but you should know you are not alone. Always remember, we all have insecurities and there is no such thing as perfect. With or without makeup, with or without acne. We are all beautiful.