We Don’t Enjoy Our Acne, But We Deserve To Be Treated As Humans

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“This one is for all those naysayers who tear down, ridicule, ostracize and attack people with acne.

No, we don’t think our acne is breathtakingly beautiful.

No, we don’t think our acne is a gift from God.

And, no, we don’t enjoy having acne.

But we as human beings deserve to feel beautiful regardless of the condition of our skin.

We as human beings deserve the same opportunities as those without acne.

We as human beings deserve to live happy, fulfilling lives.

‘They just want to be reminded that having acne is normal and beautiful.’

1. Acne is the most common skin disorder on the planet, affecting more than 90% of people at some point in their lifetime.

I’d say it’s pretty normal seeing people with acne.

2. I don’t particularly find acne beautiful, but I 100% see the beauty in each individual with acne.

And I wholeheartedly believe and encourage people with acne to find beauty within themselves cause they f—ing deserve to feel beautiful in a world that promotes toxic, unhealthy beauty standards which have kept them feeling miserable, undesirable, and unworthy for far too long.

‘The body is screaming it needs help!’

In my 35 years of life, I have never met a single person who was in ‘perfect’ health.

Is there even such a thing?

The moment we are born we begin to die.

Everyone can afford to improve their health in some way, and everyone is dealing with something we don’t know about.

For all you non-experts out there who continue to remind people with acne that their skin is telling them something is going on with their body: Yes, thank you, noted for the millionth time.

We are aware something is going on…

We’ve been working on our health for years and it’s JUST NOT THAT SIMPLE.

But while we continue to find a treatment that works, while we continue to work on our physical and mental health…

While we continue to fight for acne and scar representation (because representation matters to mental health – hello!), we will continue to bare our skin – acne, scars, and all – because it is our choice and our right to do so.

If you don’t like it, move along.”

woman with acne hiding behind a leaf smiling
Courtesy of Anna Tarazevich (pexels)

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