Today I’m going to talk about acne. But before I talk about my acne,
I think I need to take my make up off because I feel weird talking about acne and my experience with it but then not having my actual face being shown. So before hold on I wear so much foundation. It’s so interesting I actually
wear a full face of make up almost everywhere. And it’s literally because society views acne as a problem to be fixed. We are told – I feel like my face is so red right now! We are told that acne is a problem to be fixed. And that you are unlovable, you are unworthy, you are ugly if you have skin conditions. And there’s reasons for that. One is that there’s no representation of acne anywhere. I have yet to see a magazine or a runway show or a T.V. show or a billboard with someone who has acne.
With someone who has a skin issue. Wait really quickly. Whaaaaat?! This is intense. This is probably – if I like justified the money, it would probably be like ten dollars of makeup
right here on this. But anyways, there’s no representation of acne or skin issues anywhere. And so what that does
is that makes us feel completely alone. We literally feel if you have a skin issue you feel like there’s something wrong with you because everyone else in the world has clear skin. That’s not true! A national –
I forgot but I’ll put a note of where I got this information but I read that 80% of people will get acne in their lifetime. I will argue that that is way more. I almost want to say 99.99% of people will get some sort of acne or skin condition in their lifetime. And so we are not alone. Like you actually are the norm if you have acne but society tells you that you aren’t. There’s no representation of acne! The other part of it is that the
make-up industry, the beauty industry, the health industry, the wellness industry – all of these things profit off of our insecurities. So as long as they can keep us feeling insecure
about our skin, they’ll sell foundation. They’ll sell make up. They’ll sell acutane. They’ll sell acne products. They’ll sell, you know, face wash like anything to profit off of our insecurities
because an insecure person is someone you can make money off of. I’m not saying cool! Love your body!
Go outside make up free! because at the end of the day we still live
in a world that doesn’t accept acne. And says that acne is weird and wrong and you’re unlovable. But the point of this video is to let you know that you’re not alone. You are not weird. There is nothing wrong with you if you have skin issues, because skin issues are a feminist issue. So the main reason that skin issues are a feminist issue is because whether it is our weight, our skin, our body hair, it doesn’t matter. Us feeling like shit about our bodies comes from society policing women’s bodies. And the more that we focus on our external appearances the less energy we have to focus on our wage gap or literally any other issue! I notice that when I’m talking with someone and my skin is broken out I actually have a really hard time focusing on what that person is saying. And in my head I’m just like: Are they thinking about my skin? Are they looking at this? What do I look like? And I end up losing so much information from a conversation sometimes because I’m so focused on what I look like and what that person is thinking of me. I have avoided going out. I have avoided
going on dates. I have avoided seeing friends. I have avoided so much in my life because of my skin and my appearance. And I’m so tired of it. I don’t want to do that anymore.
I don’t want you to do that anymore. You are not alone with your skin issues or your acne or whatever it is that you’re going through and feeling insecure about your body. I promise if 90% – 80% of people in the world are going to get acne at some point in their lives, We are the norm!
We have to talk about it and lift that veil. Because remember an insecure person is someone that society can profit off of. I’m not saying you’re going to run outside and you are free and patriarchy is over and, you know, the make-up industry will crash. What I am saying though,
is just know that you are not alone and that those insecurities
were literally put there by society, by marketing, by advertising, by corporations, to profit off of your body to keep you insecure, and to make it so that you can’t focus on the real issues that are at hand. So this is my skin and it’s probably really red and here’s the make up I took off. I hope that I’ve inspired you just a little bit to even just talk about acne because acne is a feminist issue. You are not alone! Mwahh! I will see you later.