I'd like to start today's post by shamelessly plugging my (FINALLY) uploaded article for Adios Barbie entitled Are Disney Stars Getting Thinner? I've been working on this thing for many months, so please check it out, comment, share, whatever your heart desires:)
Back to business.
It has been over a year now since I wrote this rambly, ridiculously dramatic blogpost about my volcanic allergic reaction to Clindamycin. It was an amazing learning experience, and I've grown a lot since that day. I am about 50000% more comfortable with my bare skin, and most of my problems are related to scarring, which is honestly easier to wake up to in the morning.
I have already written about being confident with your natural face (today is apparently advertise-your-ass-off Friday), but I want to go more in detail about what it means to struggle with acne, dark spots, scarring, discolouration, insert miscellaneous face demon here...
1. Join the club
It's cute how some of us, myself included, think we are fighting this war alone.
Few quick facts for you to chew on:
- Of the 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) that suffer from acne, 25% will have permanent scars ranging from severe to light
- 20% of all adults have active acne
- 20 million Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars.
- Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40 million to 50 million Americans.
2. Pesky Flawless People
Okay, fine. You aren't alone, there are many more "disfigured freaks" (this is actually a descriptor I used when writing in my 8th grade diary. 14 year olds will be 14 year olds).
But it's those annoying milky skinned, flawless complexioned angels of Heaven who ruin it for the rest of us. Right?
Sure, those people may have perfect skin, it is what it is. But my lord I don't think I have repeated this enough: we all have our insecurities.
Because I promise you, somewhere on those supposedly modelesque creatures' bodies, they have their own metaphorical volcanic breakout. Stretch marks, lack of thigh gap (I can't even...), frizzy hair, the list just won't stop.
3. Living Your Life
As annoying as I am right now, I highly suggest you read my DOP article linked above.
Because here's the deal; you should never let something so LITERALLY SMALL get in the way of your life.
If you don't care, or pretend not to, then trust me no one else should.
And if heaven forbid some dips**t has the nerve to make a comment, shoot me a quick email with his/her address and I'll have my body positive army take care of it.
JK, I wish.
I'll just rip off their eyebrows:)