Instead of dishing out advice on how to banish acne (Drink more water, eat less sugar, go vegan, only eat raw foods!), inspiring American teenager Hailey Wait is encouraging her 132,000 Instagram followers to cease letting their skin troubles define them.
And FYI, her Insta bio dubs her a ‘Professional Pizza Face’, so she’s clearly an all-round legend as well as a pioneer and inspiration to her peers.
Truth is, whichever way you slice it, most people will deal with some level of acne at some stage in their life. Sure, it might be a little more ‘socially acceptable’ when you’re a teenager and are also dealing with y’know, weird hair, weird eyebrows, weird moods etc., but the reality is that a lot of women in their 20s and 30s are battling the breakouts too.
Hailey’s message is abundantly clear: acne is never enjoyable, and cystic breakouts are especially painful. But they do not define you. You are worth much more than the quality of your skin.
hey can we all agree to just stop sending me acne advice? I know the intent is good a lot of times but if I didn’t ask, then I don’t need it. It’s just kind of insulting tbh. There’s more to me than my acne. I get thousands of messages a DAY about my acne, and I’m certain that most of you aren’t dermatologists. It’s not as simple as washing your face and drinking water. Thank you 🙂
Which, let’s face it, is quite a refreshing sentiment, and one that is catching on. At the Golden Globes in January, Kendall Jenner was called out for her acne, to which she responded “never let that shit stop you.” The supermodel has been open about her struggles with acne, speaking out about how much it affected her self confidence and perception of herself.
As Hailey writes in one of her Instagram posts, acne is usually a whole lot more complex than simply drinking more water and washing your face. Acne sufferers often work with professionals for years in order to try and tame their breakouts, frequently resorting to rounds and rounds of intense antibiotics that have potentially disastrous consequences (we’re lookin’ at you, Accutane.)
Excuse my cheesy twitter caption!! Acne is never something to be ashamed of but it’s not something I want to deal with forever, and tbh so far I’m really proud of how far my skin has come. Cystic acne is painful, physically, and even though I still get breakouts, most of the spots I have left are just scars. I’m okay with that. Honestly as soon as I cut foundation out of my makeup routine and stopped giving a damn what people thought of my appearance and once I started caring more about my overall happiness and wellbeing, it started to improve drastically. I’ll be sharing my skincare routine tomorrow, but I’ll be focusing on hormonal info and stuff like that as well ❤️ I love you all very much, and I’m proud of those of you who have followed in my footsteps and embraced ya face! Whether you have acne or not, ur damn fine ok and you deserve love!!! Both can be beautiful.
But thanks to inspirations like Hailey, the tides seem to be turning. Alongside other social accounts that are encouraging women to accept themselves just as they are, (thank you @anybodyco, @thenakeddiaries) — self acceptance seems to be firmly on the agenda for this year.
I just really want to thank you guys. Since being more open about my skin imperfections, SO MANY of you have opened up to me about your own struggles and I want to say that I’m truly moved, and incredibly thankful to be supported by so many genuine human beings. I’ve heard your stories and seen more and more of you embrace yourselves for who you are, and to me, that’s the most beautiful thing in the whole world. You aren’t flawless, and neither am I. None of us are, and you don’t need to be flawless to be loved and accepted as a human being. We all have imperfections and we are all capable of greater things beyond our appearances 💖 #thankyou #spottyandcute
So may 2018 be the year of embracing yourself, accepting yourself, and loving yourself wholeheartedly.