The desire of every dermatologist is for people to have beautiful skin and healthy skin care. The kind that glows with health, doesn’t have cancerous spots, acne or dry patches, doesn’t have disfiguring scars and gets compliments from everyone. But, alas, it often doesn’t work like that. Everyone has imperfections, even the stars who have personal makeup artists and luminescent skin from Photoshop.
Here in the real world, we have to look at our imperfections in the mirror and go out feeling like everyone is staring and judging... because we judge ourselves. According to Social Issues Research Center:
You can buy the most expensive skin care products available, follow Dr. Bailey’s advice to the letter and still miss the best skin care out there: self-confidence. In 2004, Dove commissioned a study called The Real Truth About Beauty: A Global Report, where they surveyed women worldwide on the subject of beauty. Dr. Nancy Etcoff, in the introduction to the study, wrote, “In 1913, Webster’s dictionary defined beauty as ‘properties pleasing the eye, the ear, the intellect, the aesthetic faculty or the moral sense.’ But in 2004, the default definition of beauty has shriveled pitifully.” In other words, because we don’t match the image we see on TV, in magazines and other forms of media, we put ourselves down. Here's another startling statistic from Dove: 6 in 10 girls stop doing what they love because they feel bad about their looks. This means that, chances are, if we don't like how we look, we hold ourselves back. Whether you have acne, Rosacea or perfect skin, no one should feel less than beautiful because you don't look a certain way. In the Dove study the authors conclude that we need to broaden our definition of beauty. “For the idea of beauty to become truly democratic and inclusive, then beauty itself must be revitalized to reflect women in their beauty as they really are rather than as portrayed in the current fictions that dominate our visual culture.” (emphasis added) Although the study was conducted over 10 years ago, the overall message is still relevant. In The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited, Dove discovered that 54% of women said that they were their own worst critic. Sound familiar? With the pressures media and society impose on women, it's definitely challenging to stay positive about your outward appearance. We all need to remember that we are more than what can be seen on TV, in selfies and in the mirror. Self-confidence starts within and is then exhibited outwardly. If you're healthy, you're beautiful. If you're happy, you're beautiful. And the list goes on and on.
"Up to 8 out of 10 women will be dissatisfied with their reflection, and more than half may see a distorted image."