The acne positivity movement

problematic skin without and with makeup

A lot of people suffer from acne. In fact, so many are suffering that there’s now a new movement — ‘The acne positivity movement.’ In a recently published Guardian article, we get a look at what this movement is about.

The Guardian: ‘Pimples are in’ – the rise of the acne positivity movement

The movement started back in 2015 when a British blogger, Em Ford, posted a YouTube video showing her skin before and after make up. The video got 10 million views within the first week. Many have joined Em in being open on social media about their acne ever since and the movement became a thing.

Dr. Bav Shergill of the British Association of Dermatologists says:

While many regard acne as a teenage affliction, it can evolve into adulthood. An estimated 25% of all women over 30 still have the condition. I see so many women – adult, professional, intelligent women – who have had their lives ruined by acne.

Regarding the positivity movement, it’s always a good thing when people feel better about their bodies – that is empowering in many ways. At the same time, I can’t help but wonder, has it always been like this? This movement may be an effect of social media and people being more aware of the issue, and finding better ways to live with it. But at the same time, do more people actually suffer from acne as a result of poor diets, dominated by sugar, refined carbs and processed foods?

Could some people get less acne, by making a few changes to their diet?

If you, or someone dear to you, are suffering from acne, check out our recently posted guide on acne by Franziska Spritzler, RD:

Can keto or low-carb diets cure acne?

And feel free to check out the stories below on how people suffering from acne sometimes find relief by eating a lower-carb diet.


“A combination of LCHF and paleo healed my skin”

“Within three months of starting a well-formulated ketogenic diet, all flares were gone!”


  • Keto and intermittent fasting: 'I am completely blown away by the changes'
  • "For the first time in 15 years I'm free of acne"
  • Acne (and IBS) vanished with a diet change
  • "Within three months of starting a well-formulated ketogenic diet, all flares were gone!"


Try it

Low carb for beginners

Keto for beginners

Low-carb basics

One comment

  1. Theroigne
    Not just low carb which helps acne. I would normally eat only organic or wild food, for a lower pesticide and additive load. During the pandemic it's been more difficult to source these and I had acne for first time in eight years.

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