Whilst the stigma of acne and its effects on the skin are no longer perceived as negatively as they once were, society has still got a long way to go. Helping to move the cause forwards is photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor. In the spirit of embracing your natural beauty, Taylor is opening an exhibition at the Francesca Maffeo Gallery in London from the 5th - 13th September, showcasing the beauty of acne.
The exhibit, titled Epidermis, features 20 portraits of beautiful bare-faced women from the UK with all the common skin conditions we encounter in our day to day lives. The photographs are focused on breaking the stigma surrounding skin 'issues' and celebrating the power of diversity.
Speaking on her inspiration behind the series, Harris-Taylor said, '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'. We couldn't agree more.
Harris-Taylor was also somewhat inspired by her own experience of dealing with acne as a teenager (as most of us can relate to). 'Suffering from severe acne throughout my teens and 20's left me incredibly self-conscious and I longed for 'normal' skin'.
There has been a definite shift in showcasing different skin types and conditions within the media and society but there's still a lot that can be done to make skin imperfections the norm (which of course they already are in reality).
The UK-based photographer aims to communicate that the general public need to see these types of images to gain perspective on realistic skin expectations. '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, most of these women feel a pressure to hide behind a mask of makeup, covering up what actually makes them unique'.
Entry to the exhibition is free so if you find yourself in London, make a trip down to the Francesca Maffeo Gallery from the 5th September to see the bare-faced beauties.