Woman Shows Why Acne 'Doesn't Make You Ugly' In A Powerful Twitter Post

"A heart full of hate does."

After sharing photos of herself with acne, artist and photographer Hailey Wait received "so many" responses from those learning to embrace themselves for who they are. 

On December 10, Wait posted two photos of herself on Twitter with the caption: "Reminder that acne doesn't make you ugly ... a heart full of hate does." 

The tweet has since been liked nearly 3 thousand times, with people thanking her for her post in their own tweets. For some people dealing with acne, Wait's words clearly hit home: 

Wait then followed up the tweet with an important note on Instagram:

"I just really want to thank you guys. Since being more open about my skin imperfections, SO MANY of you have opened up to me about your own struggles and I want to say that I'm truly moved, and incredibly thankful to be supported by so many genuine human beings. I've heard your stories and seen more and more of you embrace yourselves for who you are, and to me, that's the most beautiful thing in the whole world. You aren't flawless, and neither am I. None of us are, and you don't need to be flawless to be loved and accepted as a human being. We all have imperfections and we are all capable of greater things beyond our appearances."

This post has been liked over 58 thousand times.

"I have acne and I am very insecure and when I see you it makes me feel more confident," one person responded. 

We love seeing people remind others that having acne is natural and it is OK. Earlier this year, for example, Teen Vogue introduced their 2017 Acne Awards: 

"There's nothing wrong with you for having acne," the publication reminded the world. "It's normal, so stop feeling weird about it. Eighty percent of people will suffer from acne at some point, and while it isn't exactly a party, talking about it with others, getting honest about what works ... will end up making you feel more comfortable in your own skin. And isn't that the whole point?"

People such as Wait, and those participants in Teen Vogue's series, help show us why it's important to have realistic representations of beauty — not just airbrushed perfection.  They show that it is OK to accept ourselves as we are. Hopefully, this will encourage those across various industries to also present themselves in their truest form. 

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

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