Scroll through the skincare section of most beauty websites, and you'll find dozens of products and articles advertising ways to "get rid of" your "horrible" and "unwanted" acne. From the verbiage used, you'd think pimples were the Bubonic plague.
But the reality is that even though acne can be painful and not necessarily ideal, it isn't something to be ashamed of. Acne doesn't mean you're unhygienic, unattractive, or doing something wrong. In fact, in a way, those bumps can be beautiful. Because they're real (and up to 55% of adults under 40 have them).
Recently, hashtags like #acnepositivity and #skinpositivity have started trending on Instagram—proof that those with acne are sick of hiding and stressing out. Click in for 10 inspiring acne-positivity images.