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Karen Belz
May 10, 2018 12:35 pm

As much as we try to embrace our bodies, dealing with cystic acne isn’t easy (and is often, quite literally, painful). Which is why we love that YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen got real about her own struggle with the condition. Ingrid, who started her channel back in 2009 as a way to spread confidence and improve her public speaking skills, posted the photo on Instagram, admitting it was the first time she’s ever truly embraced herself makeup-free amid a cystic acne breakout.

“Personally, I have grown to dislike the terms ‘good’ and ‘bad’ skin because they come with dangerous consequences,” she wrote. “If you have ‘good’ skin you feel the pressure to maintain this perceived level of perfection and any blemish, wrinkle or scar is felt as a personal failure.”

She continued,

She also posted a photo of herself during a breakout, which she shared with her over one million followers.

We think Ingrid looks absolutely beautiful.

Ingrid also noted that when we hyper-focus on out skin, we can forget how amazing and complicated our bodies are as a whole.

Her words are powerful and a solid reminder to be less hard on ourselves. Thanks for inspiring us once again, Ingrid!

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