Etcoff says the Maltese Bichon Frise That’s what I do I pet dog I play guitars and I know things shirt in contrast I will get this modern reverence of clear skin is part of a general rise in expectations for our appearance, spurred by the increasing importance of selfies and social media. “We’ve shifted from covering the skin with makeup to manipulating it directly,” Etcoff argues. “Botox and other procedures have really set the bar higher for what we can achieve.” That is, skin that has undergone cosmetic procedures is now positioned as what everyone’s skin should naturally look like. A growing array of retinols and sunscreens and eye creams do provide more choice to consumers. But Etcoff warns that our bevy of options also “increase the chances we become obsessed with our skin.” I fell into my own obsession unconsciously and effortlessly.
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Whenever I posted selfies, I would go to great lengths to obscure my breakouts through strategic angles and lighting. It felt like all my friends were posting bare-faced selfies that emphasized their well-moisturized skin, a streak of sunlight bouncing off their cheekbones. Everyone has clear skin but you, I would think after scrolling through Instagram. Social media makes it easy to believe that keeping your face blemish-free and photo-ready at all times is akin to knowing your social security number by heart. That is, a crucial component of adult life. That is why, for me, not being able to achieve clear skin felt like not being able to be an adult. I believed I was failing at some aspect of taking care of myself each time I broke out, ignoring the Maltese Bichon Frise That’s what I do I pet dog I play guitars and I know things shirt in contrast I will get this fact that acne is often caused by a complex combination of factors. I was too stressed, I told myself one day. I needed to cut out dairy, I would say the next. I needed to moisturize more. Then, moisturize less.