I find the distorted world of social media intriguing. Too often I see fun, smiling photos that are a facade to a darker reality. No one is happy, perfect, and fun all the time, but that’s the reality we choose for others to see. It’s uncommon for someone to share their struggles over social media but when they do, they opened to door of a mired of hateful and hurtful comments.
Em Ford is a Youtube beauty vlogger who shared photos of her face sans makeup. As you can imagine, the keyboard warriors posted demeaning comments, prompting her to share a video that shames her haters:
I wish I could share the above video on Facebook everyday without annoying everyone I know. This video mirrored my struggle with acne and the comments I’ve received for wearing “too much makeup.” Listen, your skin is the largest organ on your body and many factors can contribute to acne. Acne is a disease of the skin, not a skin type, that affects a wide range of people of various ages. In other words, teenagers aren’t the only ones who can suffer from acne. I was lucky as a teen but my face turned for the worst during my first semester of graduate school. My dermatologist referred to it as my “second puberty” and prescribed an antibiotic and a Retin A cream. After research and hours of makeup tutorials, I utilized an arsenal of amazing foundations and concealers from Dermablend and It Cosmetics in order to achieve the appearance of flawless skin. I learned that you have to do whatever makes you feel confident.
Why talk about acne?
After years of treatment and tears, my face has finally cleared. I no longer need foundation. I’ve spent the past few weeks with nothing but mascara, fleeked brows, blush, and lipstick. I’m unsure whether this is the medication, hormones, permanent, or temporary, but I wanted to encourage others to quit bashing each other — makeup or no makeup.