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It’s time we normalize these skin conditions

Yes, I have freckles and hyperpigmentation. What about it?

I used to get picked on for my freckles when I was a kid. I can still remember my grade school classmates asking me multiple times if I had my face checked because my skin didn’t look normal. They were uncomfy looking at me, to say the least. 

Looking back, I realize it wasn’t really that big of a deal. But to be fair, I was a sensitive child who got hurt so easily. The whole ordeal harmed my self-esteem for the longest time. I would cry and beg my mom to bring me to the doctor at one point—badly wanting to get rid of my freckles.

So suddenly seeing all these people use freckles as an aesthetic kind of bothered me at first. You can’t blame me. After all, I was teased to death for them. Well, at least freckles are seen as “cute” now and not a “flaw.” It just feels really weird seeing a lot of people use it to “enhance” their beauty these days.

Ephelides (a.k.a freckles) isn’t the only skin condition we should normalize though. Here are some of them:

Albinism

It is a hereditary condition where melanocytes (specialized cells in the skin) produce little to no melanin pigment, making the color of the skin a lot paler than most people. It also affects the color of the hair, brows, lashes and eyes.

Vitiligo

Vitiligo causes the skin to develop white patches all over due to lack of working melanocytes. It can either be hereditary or a rare side effect of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes.

Pigmented birthmarks

Birthmarks come in various shapes, colors and sizes. Some birthmarks are just colorations in the skin, while some are elevated. They can sometimes be hereditary, but they’re usually caused by a gene mutation occurring before birth. 

Acne

Some people are born with oily skin type. And they are more prone to acne as the oil may clog the pores often. Acne is also usually caused by stress, diet and hormonal changes.

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