There’s a new self-love trend stirring on social media. Instead of heavily edited, photoshopped faces gracing the feeds, the ongoing body positivity movement has made it so stretch marks, thighs that touch, and all different body shapes are better represented and celebrated in fashion, entertainment, and beyond. The latest frontier for acceptance is a common affliction nearly everyone’s dealt with: acne.
This used to be taboo.
More and more, we’re seeing rallying cries against acne-shaming encouraging people to embrace their skin, breakouts and all (that’s not to say do nothing about it—just that having pimples isn’t a reason to feel less confident or beautiful).
Celebrities, like the rest of us, suffer from occasional bouts of acne, and as it turns out, supermodel Kendall Jenner is no different. While walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes this past Sunday, Jenner debuted loose waves, a nude lip and some very visible acne flare-ups.
Jenner shrugged off scrutiny about her visible acne. ‘I truly believe that the only way to truly alleviate these worries, insecurities and fears, is to have more women like yourself, who live their life with a kickass IDGAF attitude about their acne and talk about how completely normal it is.’
We see how it’s no longer cool to hide your flaws and present to the world a face that is not a true representation of you. Instead, it’s empowering to own your issues and deal with them head on. Be it wearing your scars proudly or treating them with medicines (not hiding them behind a veil of makeup)
We speak to Dr Low Chai Ling about what she thinks of this #skinpositivity movement and what type of advice she can give to young women who are learning to embrace their naked skin, sans filter.
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Acne is a common affliction affecting young women. Treating acneic concerns involves tackling the problem at the root. Most of the time, acne goes hand in hand with oily skin.
Dr Low explains, oily skin is not all bad news. “Oil helps to moisturize the skin, making it less dry in the winter, and also protecting it from symptoms of aging.” But, those of us with oily skin probably think it’s more of a curse than a blessing. To keep excess shine at bay, try incorporating ingredients such as AHAs, BHAs, retinol and sulphur into your skin care routine for skin you’re proud to show off.
Try: SW1 Super Helper
For long term acne control without resorting to medication, consider the laser route. Studies have shown that Vbeam Perfecta has been useful in reducing ythe number of acne lesions as well as eliminating redness left by acne marks. Rdaofrequency devices such as Exilis has also seen encouraging results in acne and oil control; they do double duty in smoothening and firming skin as well, making it a popular choice for those suffering from adult acne due to their cosmetic improvement in skin tone and texture.
Try: Purity Program
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Besides the usual sun spots and age spots, a more troubling form of pigmentation affecting most Asian women is melasma, a hormonally mediated condition that results in an insidious, spreading form of facial pigmentation that is often difficult to treat, and even more difficult to conceal. Ingredients such as mequinol, tranexamic acid, vitamin C and retinol may prove to be of benefit when used in tandem with a superior sunscreen.
Try: SW1 Special Effects for its full spectrum of pigment fighting ingredients.
Dr Low says she currently loves Pico Pigment laser for the season. “The picosecond laser is superior in treating pigmentation, and the multiple modes allows me to perform a ‘laser facial’ to fade sunspots, tone the skin and minimize the appearance of pores—all with minimal discomfort or downtime. Over a series of five to six treatments, scheduled three to four weeks apart, you can actually stimulate production of elastin, which gives skin its bounciness.”
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