Dealing with acne isn't fun for anyone — not only can it physically hurt your face (damn you, cysts), but it can also take a major toll on your confidence and self-esteem. You may think heading to work with a couple of breakouts on your chin is hard, but imagine exposing your severe acne on camera to millions of followers who are critiquing, making fun of, or, if you're lucky, sympathising with your battle.
Acne can feel humiliating, but for popular beauty bloggers struggling with severe cystic inflammation, it can be even more difficult to expose the skin they're in underneath all the makeup. Thankfully, the "Acne Positivity" movement has taken centre stage on Instagram in recent months, with influencers forgoing Facetune and full-coverage makeup in hopes of normalising acne and encouraging everyone to #freethepimple. Not only are these influencers beloved for their bravery, but they also are highly respected in the community for making huge strides to destigmatise an incredibly common skin condition.
Influencers with acne have the ability to show us what it means to have acne and healthy self-esteem, so in honour of Self Care Month this September, we've rounded up inspiring quotes from nine acne influencers.