There is not a single more satisfying moment than removing your makeup after a long day. The feeling of freshly washed skin is, without a doubt, one of the life’s many joys. However, for some this joy can come hand in hand with a distinct feeling of dread, as they uncover the imperfections and blemishes they have so carefully hidden from the world. Though a condition suffered by a sizable percentage of the public at some point throughout their lives, Acne is still an unwelcome visitor in our Instagram filtered world. Those who suffer from the psychologically draining condition can frequently lose a huge chunk of their self-worth due to a condition that is often out of their control. With the enjoyment of social events, special occasions and everyday life often paying the price, dealing with Acne at any age is often a long, drawn-out battle made distinctly harder by the casual skin shaming that often hits headlines.
Residing deep within several popular media sources, examples of casual skin shaming and blatant airbrushing can be found without much effort. Using the flaw suffered by so much of the population, some publications seem to take no prisoners when looking to fill their pages. As something that has arguably yet to gain the attention and prevention it deserves, skin shaming often leaves readers who suffer from Acne and other skin conditions reaching for the unobtainable. As the fight against body shaming continues to be at the forefront of several campaigns, it appears promoting skin positivity is also something that desperately needs some attention. The public skin -shaming of those in the limelight, can’t be disregarded as a huge contributor to the daily pressures we ourselves, put on our own delicate skin. As mere mortals with restricted access to those magical chemical peels, weekly facials, and the latest product to guarantee the glow; a sizeable portion of sufferers are constantly battling to fix their seemingly unacceptable flaws simply because society says they should. Such negative self-awareness can only be magnified and further embedded when the shaming of those who may, in fact, have access to such luxuries, get called out for their skin-deep flaws.
At a time where the celebration of individuality is at the core of several campaigns, surely it must be time to challenge the focus currently put on the aesthetic flaws of ourselves and our fellow females? Encouragingly, it seems the comparison culture may be slowly fading into the shadows of other, more productive trends such as the culture of ‘self-love’ and the ‘anti airbrush’ phenomenon embodied by many. Perhaps due to such movements, we can hope that skin-shaming – or shaming of any form, will cease to be a part of the Media world someday. Until then understanding and relentlessly reminding ourselves that flaws are indeed things suffered by all humans, can more often than not tread down any seeds of self-doubt we have planted, as a result of the ‘perfect life’ culture that still sadly encaptures many of us.
Perfection – a mystical creature that even the most famous struggle to capture.