Acne is just one of life's little infuriating realities until it becomes severe or chronic. At that point, it becomes much more than a simple nuisance. It hurts (both physically and emotionally). What you must always remember, though, is that there are plenty of other people who are dealing with the same thing. Acne is common and widespread. There is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about.
Instagram is the perfect platform to prove this. Lately, we've seen a skin positivity trend, with people ditching enhancement filters and apps in favor of showing their real skin—acne, pores, hyperpigmentation, and all. We've also seen a surge in the popularity of "skincare threads," where people share before and after acne photos along with the specific products they use. We're so into it.
The latest so-called "thread" comes from an Instagram user called Carlos David, or @yadigcarlos. He has posted two before-and-after photos that show his dramatic acne transformation. He has also shared the products he attributes his newly cleared skin to, including an $8 drugstore moisturizer. Thanks to him, it's currently going viral.
As you can see, the photo is dramatic and clearly transformative. What started out as inflamed and blemished skin is now calmer and clearer. He has about 5500 followers, though these posts have received more than 23,000 likes (and counting).
He captioned this photo, "The second picture isn't even my skin at it's best, but I wanted to show one of my most genuine pictures. I hope this shows people who are struggling with acne/acne scars to realize that it does get better. Not only physically, but emotionally too." He then went on to share all of the products he currently uses to treat existing acne and keep future acne at bay.
In the morning he uses Cosrx's Low pH Good Morning Cleanser ($12), which he says maintains the skin's balance. It's a fan favorite and is often sold out—like it is at Ulta right now. (However, if you're dying to try it, you can sign up for restock email alerts.) At night, he opts for a targeted cleanser, Mario Badescu's Acne Facial Cleanser ($15). He follows that up with a toner and a vitamin C serum to do away with acne scars and hyperpigmentation. After using Mario Badescu's Whitening Mask ($24), he reaches for a drugstore moisturizer. Namely, E.l.f. Cosmetic's Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8). "I use the ELF moisturizer in the mornings to keep my face hydrated," he wrote. "It smells good and it's super lightweight, only $8." Um, count us in. We love the idea of an affordable and nongreasy moisturizer that hydrates without leaving a film behind or causing makeup to shift during the day. Plus, even though this brand is super inexpensive and accessible, many of its products are top quality. We, for example, love the Powder Blush Palette ($6). It includes four different flattering blush shades that we mix and match depending on our mood.
Instagram users were quick to catch on to his post. Many have taken to the comments sections to ask questions, share their recommendations, and discuss acne and skincare. Like we said, over 20,000 people have liked the posts, and the numbers are growing. Head over to his account to see his full routine and to stay updated on his skincare journey.
Opening Image: @elfcosmetics