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The latest Instagram trend is embracing your acne

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Instagram is home to many body-posi campaigns – and the latest to go viral is celebrating acne. 

Amongst many other things, Instagram is sometimes criticised for the often completely unattainable body images it promotes. From filters to photo editing, a scroll through your feed can often leave you feeling more than a little bad about the way that you look.

But the site has also been home to a number of body positivity and self love campaigns – and the latest, #skinpositivity, is hoping to make us feel good about our ‘bad’ skin.

Pioneered by bloggers like Em Ford, the movement seeks to normalise acne – and celebrities including Kendall Jenner are getting on board with the message. Jenner was recently praised for appearing on the Golden Globes red carpet with visible acne and tweeted that you should “never let that shit stop you!”. 

“From one woman with acne to another, thanks for having the courage to stick your middle finger up at the petty minded idiots of the world,” Em Ford wrote in an open letter to the star. “Acne is a massive insecurity for people all over, and I truly believe that the only way to truly alleviate these worries, insecurities and fears, is to have more women like yourself, who live their life with a kickass IDGAF attitude about their acne and talk about how completely normal it is.”

“I strongly believe that the more we talk about these things, the less taboo these conversations will become… The less judgmental we become of others. And the less insecure we become about ourselves.”

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“Nothing is a ‘flaw’ unless you believe it to be that way,” writes blogger Kali. “What do I mean by this? Idealised standards of beauty are learned throughout society, not automatically assumed. You would never believe acne is ugly unless makeup and skincare companies told you that having perfect skin is the epitome of beauty.”

“Acne is only temporary. An important reminder, as this is something I often forget. It does not define who you are unless you let it.”

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Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.  

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