Accepting your skin for how it is can be hard; there's no denying it. And when you throw Instagram and the pursuit of perfection into the mix, it can make this acceptance even harder.
But there's a growing movement committed to spreading positivity and acceptance when it comes to skin. There are currently over 65,000 posts on Instagram under the hashtag #SkinPositivity, and that number is only increasing.
Skin positivity encourages people to proudly show off their blemishes and scars, and embrace their struggles with rosacea and eczema, with the aim to normalise conditions and break stigma around them.
While in recent years, the beauty industry has seen huge strides away from the unachievable over airbrushing and Facetuning in favour of showing the beauty of real skin, there's still a way to go when it comes to normalising certain skin conditions in real life and online.
Instagram has become a hotspot for dedicated accounts of people sharing their story and experiences living with skin conditions like, rosacea, acne, eczema, vitiligo, psoriasis, and much more. The accounts focus not on skin progress per say (although many people do share resources and advice on what remedies worked for them), but on acceptance and helping those with a similar journey. While documenting successes with treatments are being shared, the focus is less on achieving perfection (which, when it comes to skin, doesn't exist) and more on soothing discomfort and finding what works for each individual.
We rounded up some of the skin positivity accounts out there that are helping to spotlight and normalise skin conditions and empower others to do the same through their shared experiences.