This Is The Most Common Skin Condition In The US — So Why Do We Feel So Bad About It?

Love the skin you're in.

Most of us have probably experienced it at one point or another. We feel embarrassed by it, try to cover it up, and avoid talking about it. But every year, it affects up to 50 million Americans of any gender, and at any stage of life, including puberty and adulthood. 

It can happen as a result of a variety of factors, such as stress, medications, and menstruation (to name a few), and it can occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and upper arms. 

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That's right — we're talking about acne.

Even though it's so common, there are still a lot of misconceptions about it. For example, people often think greasy food and sweating from exercise are guaranteed to make you break out, which just isn't always the case

But what is true is that men, women, children, and adults are all prone to acne, and we're often made to feel ashamed for something most everyone experiences at some point in their lives. 

In an effort to take away some of the embarrassment that comes along with acne, people such as fitness blogger Beck Lomas, are working to redirect the narrative.

"Your beautiful and unique and amazing as you are, and being confident and happy and that will shine through and make you even more beautiful!" Lomas wrote on Instagram. "These are my imperfections, they make me sad sometimes but they're not who I am, and they aren't going to kill my confidence, so don't let your imperfections kill your confidence!"

Now Teen Vogue's working to flip the script too, introducing their 2017 Acne Awards. Why? "Because acne, frankly, is an obsession," they explain, adding that while it's normal to want to try to clear it up with the best products, it's also totally normal to have it:

"There's nothing wrong with you for having acne. It's normal, so stop feeling weird about it. Eighty percent of people will suffer from acne at some point, and while it isn't exactly a party, talking about it with others, getting honest about what works ... will end up making you feel more comfortable in your own skin. And isn't that the whole point?"

That said, it's time people stop worrying so much about their acne — and stop bullying others for theirs. In a new video (see below), girls with acne talk about all the shit they're sick of hearing:

"This guy comes up to me and is like, 'you are so perfect, except for that.' And points to my pimple," one participant says. "And I'm like dude, don't touch my face."

"If I ask if you can see a pimple, don't lie and say that you can't see it ... just help a girl out," another says.

So let's quit making each other feel bad for something that's so normal, and start embracing ourselves for who we truly are. Check out more from the Teen Vogue video here:

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