Although Instagram is often blamed for being harmful to young people's self-image, the platform can also serve as a place for empowerment. Increasingly, women have been sharing their body confidence photos, their real "no filter" selfies, and uplifting messages about inner beauty. We've seen a huge rise in the fitness community, sharing real progress photos that do away with the flattering poses and fake tans, and we've started to notice this move toward more true and real stories in the beauty community, too. Women have shared their rainbow stretch marks, turned their breakouts into love hearts, and are going bare faced in the name of authenticity and honesty.
One specific area that's growing in popularity on Instagram is true-to-life stories of living with specific skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema. Women have set up accounts that focus on skin progress, specifically documenting experiences with acne medication in order to help other people who may be following a similar journey. These Instagram accounts show others that not having perfect skin is totally normal. They prove that your skin doesn't have to rule your life, and there are plenty of others with the same condition.
Keep reading to see some of our favourite accounts that spotlight skin conditions and empower others.