Good Person = Good Skin? The Morality Of Skin

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.

Why good skin doesn't make you a good person (and vice versa!) Skin positivity, body positivity, and why we need to be a little bit kinder. Skincare blogger and rosacea activity, Talonted Lex shares her thoughts on the bizarre belief that good deeds are rewarded with good skin. #talontedlex #goodskin #skinpositive #skinblogger #rosaceaadvice
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#UndesirablesOfInstagram UPDATE

About 6 weeks ago I started the #UndesirablesOfInstagram campaign after discovering that Instagram/Facebook described skin conditions as ‘undesirable’ in their guidelines.

We got Instagram to change their guidelines!! Our recent #undesirablesofinstagram campaign was seen by instagram/facebook and it worked! The skin positivity community is amazing. Read more about the campaign by clicking the image. #talontedlex #rosacea #skinpositivity
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‘Acne Lights’ Used To Target Teenagers

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…)

Is it unethical to use 'acne lights' to discourage teenagers from loitering? I'm sharing my thoughts on the blog. Councils and businesses in the UK are using these 'acne lights' to target young people with skin conditions. Is it a human rights issue? #talontedlex #skinpositivity
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#UndesirablesOfInstagram: Why Is Instagram Hiding Skin Conditions?

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.


Why is instagram blocking images of skin conditions? Trying to spread skin positivity online is hard enough, but it's being made harder by Instagram censoring images of skin conditions and visible differences. Read more about it by clicking the image. 
#talontedlex #rosacea #skinpositivity
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