3 Skin-Positive Influencers You Need To Follow On Instagram

Eesha Kokane , 30 Mar 2020

Skin-Positive acne

As someone who has been dealing with acne for more than half of my life, I can safely say that is mentally exhausting. Even though it seems as if acne tends to affect only your physical appearance, the truth is it also affects your mental health. For years and years, I let myself value my worth on the basis of my physical appearance. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself that having acne doesn’t make me ugly! It wasn’t until I got on social media that I realised that others have a hard time dealing with acne too. Thanks to a brave set of skin-positive individuals who shared their acne stories that I realised that we should love ourselves not matter how our physical appearance looks like. So if you’re in some need of skin-positivity, here are some people you should be following on Instagram:

1. Em Ford

I first came to know about Em Ford when her YouTube video called “You Look Disgusting” went viral. I was in tears, yet felt empowered after watching that video. Em’s constant efforts to redefine beauty standards has made me love her skin-positive content.

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Imagine going to school for 10 years to become a plastic surgeon… and then having to steal peoples photographs to try and make ££££ by promoting an ‘acne cure’ with those stolen photographs….. @giacomourtis @drurtismedicalcosmetics you’re a DOCTOR for Christ’s sake 😳. Stop being a FRAUD, misleading your patients…. and stealing my images to promote your quackery. It’s disgusting, shameful and I’m pretty sure it goes against medical ethics too. Your patients deserve better, people with acne deserve better – and quite frankly, I deserve better too. I don’t know you, I’ve never met you, and I’ve never heard of you or your ‘acne system before… so please do explain how you justify this? In case you didn’t know… i’m an actual person, with actual feelings, and that’s my actual face. I’m not just some marketing image that you can google and steal without consequences. I’m a human being, and i’m tired of people like you using my face to tell others that we are disgusting, or we need to sign up to some bullshit program to be beautiful. Newsflash 💥 – WE DON’T ❗️. We just want to be accepted, the way we are, and for who we are. It’s really not difficult to be an honest, kind and respectful person… and as a DOCTOR – you should know better… Christ. As a someone with acne, on behalf of everyone with acne – I look forward to my lawyers & team sending you the bill for unauthorised use of my image. Ps. It costs nothing to be a good person, shame you didn’t realise that before. #redefinepretty #skinpositivity #acnepositivity

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Here’s the video that changed the way I’ll look at acne forever:

2. Sofia Grahn

When I came across Sofia’s Instagram handle I was awe-inspired. I had never seen such a beautiful Instagram feed ever! Sofia posts gorgeous makeup looks and visuals. Besides that, she also gives updates on her isotretinoin course and is completely transparent about her journey.

3. Freethepimple

This is one of my favourite Instagram accounts. From shoutouts to comforting quotes, following this Instagram handle is like a warm virtual hug. If you want skin-positive content, then you have to go and follow them!

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