Feeling Beautiful in the World of Selfies and Social Media

Joan Breiner

December 22nd, 2014


Since the dawn of the selfie era, society’s spotlight on looks and beauty is noticeably brighter. Today, if you click on the #selfie hashtag on Instagram, you’ll find around 710 million posts! The prevalence of selfie-style photos, combined with the dominance of social media, has made it nearly impossible for most people to go about their day without being acutely aware of their image.

Pressure to put your best face forward is astounding, especially if you struggle with acne and/or acne scars. In fact, according to an independent study, 81 percent of people with acne scars have untagged a photo of themselves on Facebook because they were displeased with their appearance.

In such an image-driven world, how do you feel beautiful and maintain a positive self-image when you have acne and acne scarring? To help answer this question, below I’ve outlined a variety of tips and tricks.

  • Stop Comparing. Comparing yourself to celebrities and models on social channels can hurt your self-esteem and increase negative feelings about your acne scars. Remember, with countless retouching apps and photo filters to choose from, we now have the ability to falsely imitate perfection. As “perfect” as someone’s skin may seem, no one is perfect. Celebrities such as Lorde, Cameron Diaz and Julianne Hough have suffered with acne but this is often not reflected in their retouched photos. Everyone is self-conscious about one thing or another, but when we use people in the media as idols of perfection, we sabotage our self-esteem. Watch this video to learn more. Be your body’s friend and supporter, not its enemy. Be brave, be strong!
    • Come clean. Posting a selfie on Facebook? Feel empowered to go makeup free; you may be surprised at how positively your peers react.
      There are a number of celebrities who have joined the #makeupfree social media movement, including Demi Lovato and Tyra Banks. Don’t wear makeup? Ditch the filter and feel confident in a #nofilter post. Check out this photo of Lorde that she posted, showing her nightly acne regimen.
    • Be aware of who you follow. Ask yourself this question: whose profile am I constantly checking on social media? If you answered with a model’s Instagram page or a Twitter handle that talks about ways to “look better,” you may want to reconsider who you follow on such sites.
    • Unplug! Log out of your social platforms and turn off your cell phone one hour before you go to bed. This can help you better relax and positively refocus before turning in for the night. Constantly browsing social sites and viewing images of your peers and/or celebrities can induce obsessive behavior, and even make it more difficult for you to sleep.

What are your tips or tricks for combatting social media pressures to be flawless? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the Community Message Boards!

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