I have been drafting a version of this blog post for a long time, but yesterday a post on Instagram sent me over the edge and showed me how much this conversation is needed. There is an insidious belief in our society that good skin somehow represents being a good person, or good choices in life. Obviously, anyone with a brain can see that this is nonsense, but I wanted to talk about the moral halo surrounding skin for those who may be perpetuating this myth without thinking.
My lovely friend Beccy sent me this article from Dazed because she knows me incredibly well and knew that I would be enraged by it. In case you missed the story when it was in the news, some businesses and councils in the UK are using pink lights that accentuate acne to discourage teenagers from ‘loitering’ in public spaces.
(The news story originally came from The Telegraph but that’s behind a paywall so…)
You may have seen that I recently started a blog series called ‘How Do I Look?‘ It’s a series focused on skin positivity, on sharing the experiences and stories of those with skin conditions and visible differences. But Instagram are making it increasingly difficult to share these experiences.
EDIT 24/10/19: Read to the end of this post for an update on this issue.