With skincare products plastered across our Instagram feeds, and questionable acne home remedies being administered to us by our mothers and aunties, it seems that clear, glowing skin has become the new status symbol, implying those of us without a flawless complexion just aren’t trying hard enough. There seems to be very little room for conversation about skin that falls outside the Instagram-perfect, porcelain-smooth standards.
Breaking the stigma around skin conditions is photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor. In project ‘Epidermis’, she visually documents makeup-free women from across the country with conditions like cystic acne, psoriasis, and rosacea, in an effort to highlight and celebrate the diversity of our skin.
"I wanted to create a series of work that empowers and allows women to love the skin they’re in, regardless of what condition they have," Sophie says. "Suffering from severe acne throughout my teens and 20s left me incredibly self-conscious and I longed for 'normal' skin. Normality is defined by the images we see all around us. We are led to believe all women have perfect flawless skin – they don’t."
"Whether not shown or simply disguised, many women suffer from conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema, and most of these women feel a pressure to hide behind a mask of makeup, covering up what actually makes them unique," Sophie says. "Here, these beautiful women proudly bare their skin.” We're taking notes.
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