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Exploring Skin Positivity

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June 27, 2021

By now, you have undoubtedly heard about body positivity and everything that comes with it, including fake body positivity and toxic body positivity. There is a new kid on the block, though, and it is a movement we hope sticks around for a while. 

We all have different types and textures of skin, and we will all go through phases where our skin is clean and clear and stages where we break out badly. For some people, this is a once in a while kind of experience, and for others, breakouts seem to be a weekly appearance. 

Through all of this, our skin remains our skin, and the movement that celebrates it is skin positivity. 

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What Is Skin Positivity? 

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By now, you will know that body positivity means celebrating every body and normalizing different body types and shapes. This is because every body does the same thing as the next and is a vessel for our souls, so each body should be treated with the same respect. 

The body positivity movement has been around for a long time and has been celebrated globally by people with a million different body types. The movement allowed people who did not look like celebrities or who hadn’t hit their ideal weight to celebrate the bodies that they were in regardless of what they looked like. 

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The skin positivity movement is much the same as the body positivity movement, but it has been focused on one specific part of the body; the skin. This can mean anything from acne to other skin ailments like psoriasis. 

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What Does It Entail? 

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Much like body positivity, skin positivity entails celebrating every type of skin that you can possibly think of. This means that people with acne should not be shy about it and that those with eczema shouldn’t be afraid to show off their arms and legs to the world. 

The movement aims to show that every type of skin is a normal type of skin and that not everybody will have smooth and silky skin like the skin that we see so often in the media. But, it also aims to show that that is okay and that every type of skin is beautiful. 

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Skin positivity has also led to skin neutrality, a movement in which people believe that skin is nothing to be celebrated or criticized because it is something that we all have. Skin problems are something that every person will face in their lifetime. 

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Where Did It Come From? 

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At the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Kendall Jenner was on the red carpet, looking absolutely stunning as always and strutting her stuff, but as soon as the photos came out, the criticisms started pouring in. 

Jenner had visible acne scarring on her face in the photos from the awards, and people immediately began criticizing the model for it. However, she and many other celebs took to social media to defend skin of all types, and thus, the skin positivity movement was born.

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