No Shaming Allowed—These Skin Positivity Influencers Show You How

No Shaming Allowed—These Skin Positivity Influencers Show You How

Having good skin is something that pretty much everyone on the planet strives for. I mean, why else would skincare companies exist? And to add fire to the fuel, the recent skincare trends that are incredibly popular in the U.S. are all about having that quintessential “glass” skin, “milk” skin, “mirror” skin, “dolphin” skin—but that’s not always attainable.

I admit that all of this marketing has gotten to me as well. As a beauty writer, I feel like I’m expected to have good skin at all times. So when I went through a bout of hormonal acne, I was ashamed and embarrassed. And to deal with that, I basically threw every single chemical exfoliant on my skin to help the breakout. Spoiler alert: That didn’t work. Instead, my already inflamed skin got even worse, which made me feel even worse about myself and voila—the perfect recipe for a good ol’ shame spiral.

But the thing is—people have acne. People have scars. People have textured skin. These skin conditions aren’t moral failings or some indication that you aren’t drinking enough water or using the “right” products or that you’re a bad person. It’s all completely normal, but scrolling through social media (especially Instagram), you’d think that everyone was born with perfect, flawless, airbrushed skin. *I* know that these influencers are using fancy ring lights, expensive cameras, and a not-so-healthy dose of Photoshop to create these photos, but a lot of people (mostly young, impressionable women) think that their skin should also look like this. But in the words of some of my favorite Love Island cast members, “It’s just not realistic luv.”

People have acne. People have scars. People have textured skin. These skin conditions aren’t moral failings or some indication that you aren’t drinking enough water.

Enter the skin positivity influencer: a beauty influencer that shows their acne, their scars, their textured skin, their hyperpigmentation—all things that make us completely normal humans. I’m obsessed with these accounts, tbh. In a world of Instagram perfection, these influencers help challenge the notion that your skin should look perfect and that you have to hide yourself and your skin. They promote that “healthy” skin still has flaws, and that’s okay.  It’s literally like a breath of fresh air.

So, without further ado, I’d love to share with you some skin positivity influencers to add to your feed.

 

Megan Wicks @Skinpositivitymovement

Not only is Megan living my dream life (traveling around in a van), she radiates positivity with her positive outlook on her skin and life.

 

Jessica @Balancingproject

Jessica has a wonderful balance of skincare products and lifestyle posts, mixed in with gorgeous selfies and positive words and affirmations.

 

@freethepimple_

https://www.instagram.com/freethepimple_/

Free the Pimple is an Instagram account dedicated to featuring regrams of influencers all over, sharing their acne stories and gorgeous selfies and makeup looks.

 

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Constanza Concha @Cottyconcha

Constanza (aka Cotty) is one of the first women with acne to be featured on the cover of a major magazine—the digital UK version of Glamour. As one of the leading influencers of the skin positivity movement, her Instagram feed is a celebration of self-love and acceptance.

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Kadeeja Sel Khan @Emeraldxbeauty

Kadeeja, an acne model, is dedicated to “Bringing Reality to Social Media.” She posts unedited photos of her skin, as well as makeup tutorials and positive affirmations to love your skin in whatever condition it is in.

 

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What do you think about skin positivity and the movement’s influencers leading the charge?

 

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