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People Told This Woman There Was Something ‘Wrong’ With Her Face—Here’s How She Clapped Back

Health logoHealth 7/18/2018 Blake Bakkila
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Em Ford is a London-based makeup and skin positivity influencer with thousands of followers on YouTube and Instagram. She also happens to have acne. But unlike a lot of us who experience breakouts and try to cover up or hide blemishes behind photo filters, Ford puts her skin out there—all in an effort to fight this social taboo.

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Earlier this year, Ford shared a makeup-free photo of herself on Instagram and revealed the uncomfortable questions people have asked her about her acne-prone skin. A lot of the comments from her trolls were condescending and critical.

“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... ???????????? #ifyouwouldntlikeitdontdoit —— #mypaleskinblog #skinpositivity

A post shared by Em Ford (@mypaleskinblog) on Jan 23, 2018 at 10:15am PST

“‘What happened to her skin?’ ‘what’s wrong with her face?’” she recalled seeing in her comments. “Well, I just cleansed, exfoliated, used a bucket load of serum and drenched my face in moisturizer. My skin is happy . . . right now.”

Ford’s clapback asserted that there's nothing 'wrong' with her skin or face, and she takes care of her skin health the same way many people do. Her acne is not a representation of what she fails to do in her skincare regimen; it’s a reflection of her approach to social media. It’s unfiltered, raw, and honest. And she’s not afraid to reveal her other imperfections.

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“And since you asked, I have one eyelid which is 3mm more hooded than the other,” she wrote in her reply to the trolls. “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…?”

Too many people fail to realize that there’s a real person behind each Instagram handle—a person who might shy away from posting photos or expressing themselves because of insecurities about their acne. With help from people like Ford, there's a platform to shut down negativity and start a conversation about acceptance.

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