Oh shame, what happened to your skin?

Having acne prone skin is a frustration. Anyone that has experienced this will no doubt agree. I can go through a year of even toned, glowing skin with maybe that odd breakout during my monthly and that’s it. But when it rains, it pours.

Whether it’s genetic, hormonal  or aggravated by cosmetics, it is equally annoying. Apart from the physical scars, acne can take its toll on your self esteem. As someone who’s been there, done that, got the t-shirt I appreciate support from people I know; my friends and family and that is it. Friends and family are more than welcome to ask me questions. The reason I bring this up is that I see a level of body shaming associated with having acne. Ya I said it. Body shaming is officially not reserved for weight, it has and perhaps always was associated with skin conditions.

We’re curious beings, its in our DNA and we want to ask questions. So this is a little guide on some do’s and don’ts when interacting in social circles, or if you see me in the street:

  • Your concern may come from a good place but feel free to keep it to yourself.
  • Do not come up to me and ask me what I am using on my face.
  • Do not come up to me and make suggestions about what you think I should use on my face.
  • More especially do not ask me what happened to my skin. I have mirrors.
  • Do act as thought I am a regular human and you’re able to see beyond my skin.

If you have expert advise, feel free to impart it when the person with acne asks you, otherwise bite your tongue.

Chat soon 🙂


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