Normalizar el acné: Instagram se convierte en el altavoz perfecto para reivindicar esta realidad de la piel

En el último tiempo, Instagram se ha convertido en un foro perfecto para la crítica no solo en cuanto a las decisiones que cada uno toma o el tipo de publicaciones que cada uno comparte, que también, sino sobre todo para la crítica fácil hacia el físico de los demás. Y da igual si eres famosa o influencer (que en este caso la situación ya alcanza otro nivel) o si eres una más de la red social. En mayor o menor medida, la crítica está servida.

Pero, afortunadamente, hay quien en la red social ha visto su lado positivo y aprovecha su poder de altavoz que llega a todas las partes del mundo para lanzar mensajes positivos y que hacen pensar sobre la realidad en la que vivimos. Y entre todos estos se encuentra la reivindicación de la belleza real y la naturalidad de los cuerpos reales. Y en este sentido, en este último tiempo, la reivindicación se ha hecho aún más concreta, dirigida directamente a normalizar las pieles con acné, especialmente la que padecen el quístico o severo.

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scarred and empowered ☁️ #normalizeacne

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Posting a picture with visible acne should not be a big deal. Showing up in the real world without covering up your skin condition should not be a big deal.⁣ ⁣ I remember the times when I would notice people staring at my skin. One time it was at the gym, I was walking on the treadmill. By this time my skin was at the hight of severity, there was no way to cover it up so I was forced to go without makeup.⁣ ⁣ I saw this teenager on the treadmill looking right at me. When you notice someone observing your skin condition a whirlwind of emotions fills your body. But for me shame has always been the most prominent one. You feel exposed, ashamed and most of the times I just want to remove myself from the situation. It takes a lot of mental energy to try to navigate what approach you should have to someone staring.⁣ ⁣ This one particular time I had it in me to look up and meet their eyes. As we looked at each other I think I saw some level of embarrassment in the person next to me and I decided to just smile gently and then returned to my browsing my playlist as I walked on.⁣ ⁣ I used to hold onto a lot of resentment towards people staring at my acne flares. As I’ve tapped into this further I’ve started to let go of that resentment. More so I try to remember that we live in an airbrushed reality. The ways that we’ve come to edit our lives and appearance has crept its way into our everyday lives in the most sly way. In the matter of a few seconds you can blur your skin texture and your acne flares can become less visible via a filter on Snapchat.⁣ ⁣ Even if it makes me uncomfortable, I can’t blame anyone for being caught off guard actually seeing a version of real skin in reality when so much of our reality online has been warped into a airbrushed version. I don’t blame individuals, I blame structures. ⁣ ⁣ So maybe it is a big statement to post a picture of your acne, it shouldn’t have to be, but it is. . #normalizeacne #acnepositivity #effyourbeautystandards

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Cada vez son más influencers las que como Sofia Grahn publican sus fotos sin maquillar o maquillando su piel de forma normal no excesiva como si debieran ocultar algo, sino llevando la piel como realmente les apetece lucirla, sin que el acné suponga una barrera, especialmente a la hora de experimentar con el maquillaje.

Pero también lo hacen artistas como Peter De Vito, que en sus exposiciones virtuales reivindica la belleza en la diferencia y en aceptar cada piel tal y como es, y además de diferentes colores de piel y tipos, reivindica la naturalidad de pieles con acné.

Y es que no se trata de una normalización en el sentido de que no haya que tratarlo o no se pueda poner un remedio para minimizar su impacto físico. De hecho, su reivindicación para la normailización de este tipo de piel también se basa en reconocer tratar el acné y el aceptar el temor de que este empeore. De hecho, Monique muestra su tratamiento y su evolución en su cuenta. Es decir, no estigmatizar la situación.

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I can’t believe I’m saying this. I’M FINALLY DONE WITH ROACCUTANE 😩 I am crying as I write this. I dreamt of this day for so long, and it’s finally here!! 😭 I’m struggling to find words to explain the emotions I’m feeling, because as I’ve reached the end, I’m finding myself thinking back to how tough this process has been. I honestly can’t believe I went through what I did. The pain, the discomfort, the anxiety, it’s all behind me now. One of the most asked questions I get is “Aren’t you afraid it comes back once you’re done with your treatment?”. Truth is, YES! 😓 I am so afraid. But I now have more knowledge about what triggered my acne in the first place, and I am taking every measure to ensure it doesn’t happen again. My treatment has a 70% success rate, so I’m crossing fingers I’m in that percent, and if I do need another course of Roaccutane, that’s okay too. Many people do go on it more than once. But I’ll worry about that if I ever get there 😅 Right now I need to focus on my health, and celebrating healing🦋 I am also most grateful for every person that has supported me and loved me throughout this journey. Family, friends, and all of you that have made Instagram a safe space for me to share my journey. This process would have been a lot harder without you💜 ~ #acnepositivity #acnecommunity #acnetreatment #accutanejourney #acne #acnescars #accutane #accutaneresults #cysticacne #acnescarstreatment #skinpositivity

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Pero esta revindicación de normalizar las pieles con acné va más allá. Se refiere a las consecuencias psicológicas que genera esta situación por estar las pieles con acné estigmatizadas en la sociedad en muchos sentidos. Quien tiene piel con acné severo puede llegar a tener problemas de autoestima que dificulten sus relaciones personales y consigo mismo y su comodidad.

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OH MY GOSH I CAN’T BELIEVE I AM WRITING THIS!⁣ ⁣ I took these images of my skin last night because I knew I had my appointment this morning at the hospital to hopefully go on accutane. I thought these might be the last pictures I take of my skin before I take the pills. ⁣ ⁣ I have waited for this morning’s appointment for 5 months and was referred by my GP a whole 12 months ago which is a whole year! As we are in a pandemic I had no idea whether I would actually be given them or have to wait even longer. ⁣ ⁣ Well, I can’t believe it but I HAVE THE PILLS! I have been given my first box of accutane which is actually called isotretinoin (accutane is the brand, like people say band aid instead of plaster) anyway I actually have them and will take my first pill tomorrow!!!!⁣ ⁣ I have suffered from acne since I was 13 but it got really bad when I was 16, that was 7 years ago! For 7 years it has been an insane up and down rollercoaster, emotionally, physically etc. I had lost so much because of my skin including my modelling career, however I have gained so much from gaining the courage to post images like this and creating #freethepimple ! I want to thank the acne community you are AMAZING!⁣ ⁣ I know I spread #freethepimple and want people to embrace their acne and not be afraid to show it, so many ask why am I going on accutane to clear it – I show my acne on here and in public I am ok with showing it, the reason to clear it is not because of the way it looks, it is the pain the pimples cause me even when I lie down on my pillow! Acne is so much more than red dots it PHYSICALLY HURTS! ⁣ ⁣ I will continue to spread the #freethepimple message and I too will still have my acne for months during this process and I will show my acne to the world. Even after the treatment there will be scarring. So there really is so much to acne. ⁣ ⁣ I am excited to share my journey with you all! I will be doing weekly IGTVs showing extremely honest footage for you and if you have any questions please let me know!⁣ ⁣ AHHH this is crazy!!! I will have my final glass of wine tonight in celebration and tomorrow marks a new chapter 😊😊😊😊

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”I wish people would just let me be, so that I didn’t have to exist” I wrote in my notes after sleeping for 3 hours in the middle of the day. My room was pitch black. That day I had decided to skip my exam at Uni and I had three missed calls on my phone. It was the beginning of november, I was in the first weeks of my acne treatment and my mental health was at an all time low.⁣ ⁣ I would sleep for hours on end. Life felt like a unbearable game of passing time, counting hours until the hours passed so that days could turn into weeks, so that weeks could turn into months, so that I could be free of my the severe acne that scarred me physically and mentally.⁣ ⁣ When asked what I would like people to know about the experience of dealing with acne I always say that it is so much more than just skin. It is so much more than a question of vanity. Acne is closely linked to depression, anxiety, social isolation, bullying and suicidal thoughts.⁣ ⁣ Acne sure made me stronger, as hardships does, but it also scarred me for life. It was a traumatic experience for me. Having severe acne put my life on hold. I sometimes wonder and think about the people that I could have met and the experiences that I may have had if I didn’t spend those years hiding, too frail to face the world outside of my apartment. I think about the could have beens knowing that they aren’t mine to dwell on anymore, that it was simply time spent counting hours.⁣ ⁣ Acne brought me a ton of goodness; A grand exploration of self worth beyond appearance and an awakening of my inner voice through this page. But it does not take away from the hurt that I went though because of my skin. It doesn’t take away from the hurt and the heartache brought to millions of people because of their mild, hormonal or severe acne. It saddens me to think about the potential of love, friendships and great voices that are never found because of acne.⁣ ⁣ It’s not just a skin condition, it is so much more. And to anyone struggling right now; you’re not just a skin condition, you are so much more❤️⁣ #acneawarenessmonth #acneawareness

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Por eso, estas influencers que también lo padecen han decidido mostrar tal y como es su realidad en Instagram, día tras día, dejando claro que no es una situación que tenga que gustarte, pero ayudando a los pobladores de los pasillos de la red social a vivir con ella y a sentirte bien en tu piel pesar de ella. Y es que como bien dice Jo, “no son defectos, son poros”.




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