Instagram has good and bad sides just like the rest of the internet. While it can be an empowering place to share memories, memes, and positivity, it can also be a place of unwarranted negativity. But we don't have to tell you that. Just look to Instagram's recent announcement, in which it launched new tools and programs to stop internet trolls from exerting their unwanted influence on the social media site. (They've even launched a filter that blocks certain offensive comments and new controls that allow you to choose who can comment on your images).
One blogger in particular, Em Ford of @mypaleskinblog, knows this all too well. Her Instagram feed is full of makeup tutorials, skincare tips, and selfies (it's actually really cool, we suggest taking a scroll). In many of these selfies, she's fresh-faced and makeup-free. That's nice, considering she struggles with acne and most people try to hide that side of themselves from social media. Because of this, her account is a relatable and honest resource for people who struggle with acne and low confidence.
But alas, that doesn't stop internet trolls. She's been a victim of some mean-spirited and judgmental comments, but she just gave the best response.
Ford posted this photo, captioning it "'What happened to her skin?' 'what’s wrong with her face?' Well, I just cleansed, exfoliated, used a bucket load of serum and drenched my face in moisturiser. My skin is happy AF right now. And since you asked, I have one eyelid which is 3mm more hooded than the other. A 1.2cm scar on my forehead. My left brow has a slight bald patch, the sides of my nose make it difficult to find sunglasses sometimes and my lips have a sharp Cupid’s bow. What’s wrong with yours...?
Cos if you would like me to return the favour and slide over to your profile, as you did to mine in an attempt to publicly shame by scrutinising my face you’ve only got to ask..." She finished the post with #ifyouwouldntlikeitdontdoit.
It's kind of sad people need to be reminded to treat others as they would like to be treated (it is the golden rule, after all), but alas, here we are. We commend Ford for speaking up and out, and we think she should keep doing what she's doing. So many people struggle with acne, and as Ford proves, it doesn't affect your beauty in any way, shape, or form. So there.