Today’s generation have been lucky enough to survive their teenage years with the help of the YouTube community. Are YouTubers teaching us to not only accept our imperfections, but to learn to love the skin we’ve been given?
There’s no doubt that YouTubers are taking over the world and it’s important for them to understand the positive impact they have on their followers IRL.
The relatable nature of our favourite internet stars means we’re finding it easier than ever to seek help with everything from mental health to body confidence.
It is easy to dismiss acne as just something that teenagers have to deal with but it can affect every single part of a person’s life. Acne is a common skin condition that will affect most people at some point and around eighty per cent of 11-30 year olds will suffer from it. Even though this percentage is high, we Unicorns are still aware of the stigma that comes with having problem skin and we’re here to share with you our six favourite vloggers that have changed the way we see acne.
We recently saw one of our fave beauty vloggers, Katie Snooks, take to Twitter to share one of the many negative effects of acne; low confidence.
Confidence again is at an all time low. I’m nearly 30 why have I still got bad skin!
— Katie Snooks (@KateSnooks) December 21, 2015
Katie’s struggle with problem skin has never been a secret from her subscribers and the aftermath of these tweets saw her followers replying not only to show heartfelt support, but to relate to her struggles.
We know YouTube is full to bursting with acne make up tutorials and skin care routines that are all accessible with the click of a button; but this kind of raw content seems like a world away from the airbrushed magazine covers we’re used to.
Due to the lack of positive media coverage surrounding the skin condition, these types of videos are some of the most watched on the internet with Cassandra Bankson’s ‘Acne Foundation Routine’ seeing over 27 million views and 56 thousand comments.
Melanie has suffered with acne for over a decade and has tried to help her subscribers with acne make up tutorials, skin care routines and tips on how to keep it at bay with diet and lifestyle advice.
Melanie has described suffering with acne as a “traumatic experience in this day and age” and has always reassured her audience that they’re not alone.
Em Ford/My Pale Skin
In July 2015 the internet went crazy when beauty vlogger Em Ford, aka My Pale Skin, posted an eye opening video titled ‘You Look Disgusting’. The three minute film documented some of the 100,000 comments made on her no make-up selfies over three months and the response on her social media was shocking: “I can’t even look at her”, “WTF is wrong with her face?” and “revolting” are just a few of the comments she’s faced.
The video went viral and has now received over 18 million views.
Em wrote in the description:
“Over the past few months, I’ve received thousands of messages from people all over the world who suffer or have suffered from acne, an insecurity or self-confidence issues.
I wanted to create a film that showed how social media can set unrealistic expectations on both women and men.”
With such negative perceptions of people who suffer with acne, it’s no wonder that the skin condition is a trigger for mental health issues. Kalel Kitten opened up about her experience in an emotional vid that has now been deleted from her channel. She discussed the depression that she faced in result of her acne and how she wants to share her experience to help others.
Brian Turner aka HumerusFitness
It’s not just girls who suffer from the bad rap of acne. Bodybuilder and YouTuber Brian Turner has shown us how acne can be just as difficult for guys and his emotional video ‘The First Time Acne Made Me Cry’ shows us all of the feels. Not only does he approach the emotional aspect of problem skin he also makes upbeat lifestyle content to hopefully help others see past their acne and accept themselves.
All of these YouTubers have bared all to reach out to their subscribers but it’s not just these few that are helping us be more confident in our own skin. Even the well-known vloggers we watch on a daily basis aren’t ‘perfect; Zoella, Lily Melrose and Samantha Maria have all talked about their spot prone skin and how you shouldn’t let it define you.
If you do struggle problem skin we’d love to know which YouTubers have helped you so feel free to let us know in the comments!