WHY ACNE IS VIEWED AS “BAD" AND “GROSS"
When I was growing up I always thought acne was just a teenager thing. To me it was this weird and bad thing that happened to you throughout puberty and then it would be over with. Turns out, that is not the case and adult acne is a thing. So why does no one talk about it? Why is it still such a hush-hush topic that no one likes to address? Why are the only people you see on TV or online that have acne the people getting bullied, the homeless person in the back or the villain? This is exactly why people feel ashamed of their acne and why it makes them feel like they are worth less than others, ugly or even gross.
We associate acne with this dirty thing because that is what we keep being told. If you have acne you must not wash your face right? You must only eat junk food and not take care of yourself. We (and by that I mean people who struggle with their skin) walk around with our head down, never leaving the house without makeup on and cancelling plans because we are afraid of being judged and people staring or commenting on our skin.
Acne is viewed as this bad and gross thing because it is what we are conditioned to believe through media and other people’s opinions. Meanwhile, the fact that it has so many different causes is, like I feel, being completely ignored. People think that acne comes ONLY from eating unhealthy, using the wrong products and, of course, not washing your face and sleeping in your makeup. They forget, or don’t even know about, the HUGE percentage of people who have acne due to medical conditions, genetics, hormones and all these other things they have NO CONTROL over.
"PEOPLE THINK THAT ACNE COMES ONLY FROM EATING UNHEALTHY, USING THE WRONG PRODUCTS AND, OF COURSE, NOT WASHING YOUR FACE"
Acne has this stigma around it that it is gross and dirty because no one talks about it, no one is being open, no one takes the first step to say “This is me and that is okay!“ and I think that needs to change. If we all came together and showed each other more love and compassion, if media, ads and the online space was more inclusive of people who look different in any way, there would be no shame or embarrassment about acne.