If you look in the mirror and feel bad about yourself for your acne, or conversely, if you're done feeling bad about yourself because of your acne, Alizeh Shah has a thought for you.
Taking to Instagram, the Ehd-e-Wafa star spoke out about her insecurity inducing struggle with acne.
"Here I am putting my biggest insecurity on display," Shah began, confessing, "Yes I've been struggling with acne for quite a long time."
"A lot of us have this idea that 'clear skin' should be the goal," she noted, though then confessing one does not need perfect skin to be happy.
'The current state of your skin does not measure your worth or your beauty!" she said.
She followed this up with a video zooming into her face, flaunting her acne marks, just the way she should.
Acne is a common ailment, a skin condition, that affects 9.4% of the global population, making it the eighth most prevalent condition in the world. Acne usually begins affecting people as they approach puberty, though it affects several adolescents and young adults as well. Approximately 85% of the people between ages 12 and 24 experience at least some acne.
However, studies say that acne might continue affecting people into their 30s and their 40s, with the trend of acne among adults increasing. A study found that 10 to 12% of adult women suffer from acne. The same study also notes that the impacts of acne in the lives of adult women is often greater than that on the lives of younger ones.
A study published in the Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, studied the relation between acne and depression. Their results showed that 38% (19 out of 50) of the people with acne they studied suffer from depression, with a female predominance. Between patients of acne and seborrhea, the same study found that people suffering acne problems reported greater social anxiety, 34% as compared to 10%.
As acne becomes more prominent, so should the support people suffering from it get. We're glad Shah decided to speak on this matter, as several young people put themselves down everyday when they see inflammations and sores on their faces. Even more struggle with the marks it leaves behind. We, at Images, view them more as battle scars, for the fight your skin must embark on everyday against the sun, dirt, hormones and what not.
Echoing Shah's words, we'd like to conclude the way she did, by saying, "Embrace the glorious mess that you are!"