Reminder: Acne is completely normal, and almost everyone gets it at least once in their lifetime. For a lot of people, it can be a major source of insecurity that they have to deal with for many years. Content creator Janina Vela recently opened up about her skin problems in her latest Instagram post.
In the caption, she wrote: "Just some honest texture. My skin has always been an insecurity for me."
Janina recalled one of the key moments that made her feel insecure about her acne. "I remember hearing an ad on the radio in my pre-teens, a boy calling someone 'crater girl.' This was a concept by the brand for [the] marketing of the product, but I have never forgotten the boy’s voice. I felt like he was talking to ME," she wrote.
She also went on to explain how growing up in the age of social media wasn't exactly the best experience for someone who was very acne-prone. "Being on-screen almost every day as a teenager wasn't easy for someone so acne-prone as I was. My skin has gotten better, but stress (and stress eating!) definitely brings bad days."
Janina ended her caption with some essential reminders: "So here's a little PSA for someone who might need to hear it: Pores are NORMAL. Whiteheads and blackheads are NORMAL. Discoloration is NORMAL. Acne is NORMAL."
Like what Janina said, your skin problems are normal, and they don't define who you are. It doesn't lessen your capabilities as a person. Also, don't feel pressured to fix them based on what you see on social media—whatever you want to do with your body is solely up to you!
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.