YouTube star and beauty influencer Jackie Aina has responded to comments about her skin, and she does not want to be called “brave” simply for having acne scars and dark marks — two very common skin issues that so many others deal with.
Jackie took to Instagram on December 10 to share her feelings about things she frequently hears regarding her skin. “Listen up y’all and I mean this in the nicest way possible … hyperpigmentation, dark marks are a normal part of life and adulthood,” she wrote. “Yes I am aware my skin is not perfect right now. No, I do not need constant reminders of this.”
Recently, Jackie shared a skincare video to Instagram, showing off her bare skin before applying a handful of glow-getting products to give her skin a seriously gorgeous dewiness. A few imperfections can be seen, which is totally normal for anyone with, well, skin! A handful of commenters pointed it out, applauding her for being “real” and not Photoshopping the scarring and zits away. However, Jackie shared that such comments make her feel self-conscious, to the point where she’s reconsidering her content. “I’m at the point where I’m just not gonna post HD skincare content for awhile … I am not the ambassador for acne marks. I DO NOT want them there and I’m not more confident and care free [sic] than anybody else.”
Jackie would prefer that we all just enjoy the content and focus on application and products, not the fact that she may have a small zit one day. “I’m just doing my job, which happens to be on camera,” she wrote. “Every time someone sends me a ‘you’re so brave for showing your real skin’ message it actually makes me feel really self-conscious. I’m not brave, my skin goes through stuff just like everybody else’s does.”
In Jackie’s opinion, calling out skin imperfections just makes things worse, not better, and feeds in to a culture of perfection that isn’t realistic. “The more we point it out the less it normalizes it. I would much rather bond with my audience in ways that don’t come at the expense of pointing out that I’m ‘flawed’ constantly.”
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