Did you know that if you have 2-3 spots, a Dr might diagnose you with acne? Wow, that’s got to be most of us, right? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it affects up to 50 million annually, and people of all ages, race and gender. Alexia Inge, co-founder of Cult Beauty says, “acne questions are on the rise and it makes up about 35% of all skincare queries on the site.” No surprise. After recently having a breakout episode myself I thought I’d do a little research…
Realising acne is a normal occurrence may not be the easiest thing to live with, but it’s not something to be embarrassed by either. Photographer, Peter DeVito, has created a series of Instagram posts to show acne is normal, saying, “I’ve struggled with acne for a while, but recently, it has been getting progressively worse. I’m working on some photos that portray acne in a more positive light, that aim, at the very least to show that having acne is normal.” His 40k Instagram followers seem to agree, with some of his slogan portrait shots, (images of models with acne, un-retouched), stating; “perfect doesn’t exist” “retouch” and the one Cara Delevingne reposted: “sick and tired of the photoshopping”, are amassing over 15k likes.
Plus hashtags like #skinpositivity and #acneisnormal are popping up all over our feeds. People exposing their skin struggles for what they are is empowering, and it fits snugly with the #metoo and inclusivity movement happening.
Whatever the state of your skin, you have to think over 80% of all people have encountered an acne breakout at some point in their lives – meaning you are not alone: acne-is-normal! And the remedy? Nearly every derm’ I’ve ever interviewed all agree – opt for something that contains the ingredient benzoyl peroxide is definately a good zit-zapping place to start. (I whole heartedly agree). My skin has calmed and the spots are starting to disappear.
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