Social media—once a place to merely stay in touch with friends—has morphed into something much bigger than that, namely, a place where people can share their lifestyles, ideas and opinions to the masses. Unfortunately, nowadays many people use this platform to post ultra-filtered glimpses into their lives, setting unrealistic standards for their followers.
Luckily, countless bloggers have started a different kind of social media movement recently, one that promotes body positivity and being a bit more “real” on their social media accounts. As Teen Vogue points out, Carys Gray (@busybeefitness), a fitness blogger from the U.K., is one of the more notable bloggers to recently speak out about being more transparent with followers on her Instagram account.
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Gray recently posted an image showing off two side-by-side selfies—one with a face full of makeup and the other bare-faced. The second image clearly displays a skin condition on her face, which she openly talks about in the post:
“When my eczema isn’t under control, it’s very blotchy, sore and I can’t wear any makeup. Both me, both real and both totally acceptable.” Gray then captioned her post with an important message for her followers: “I’m still struggling to accept myself on the right, it’s a big insecurity of mine and that’s fine. I’m learning to accept myself knowing that everyone has their own struggles and insecurities and that’s what makes us unique and special.”
According to the National Eczema Association, the eczema that Gray suffers from affects more than 30 million Americans and there is no cure. While it typically presents itself as an itching, scaly rash, it’s not to be mistaken for psoriasis, which is generally thicker and more inflamed.
Overall, Gray sends a valuable message with her honest post. No matter what causes your insecurities, it’s important to understand that everyone feels those same moments of self-doubt at one point or another—yes, even those “perfect” Instagrammers.