Our Skin

A place for us to discuss the realities of skin and our bodies. To share our stories, ask for support, and increase visibility. You are worthy and deserving

Our Skin is a queer/fat/sex/body hair POSITIVE environment. all gender and sex identities welcome and encouraged.

Anonymous asked: This is a comment. but I have a port wine stain from the middle of my cheek to the back of my neck which slowly fades to my collarbone. I've never in my life met someone with the same skin problem as me. I came across this while doing a English project and I just want to say that this is unbelievably beautiful. This makes me feel so empowered and overwhelmed with emotions. Thank you for helping me remember that I'm not alone.

randomthoughtsfrommybrain asked: So I have all the skin probs I.e obsessive scalp picking, back acne, stretch marks, moles everywhere. I've only just started to get comfortable in my own skin. Now I want to start dating! Has anyone had trouble dating because of the skin probs? Thanx

loseyourmorales asked: I'd just like to say to all the girls that are scared about what their sexual partner will think of their "dark inner thighs" it's okay. I'm really pale and for as long as I can remember my upper inner thighs as well as my vagina have been a dark brown. For the longest time I never wanted to have sex and the day I did the boy didn't even care. Love your body, your only get one.

This is my keratosis pilaris… It’s something that I’ve struggled with my entire life, in addition to my weight (and stretch marks as a result of that.) I’ve had people gawk at me, especially growing up, asking me if it was a rash, if I was “gonna be ok,” if it was acne, and just really invasive questions. It’s all over my legs, back, arms, and butt, and because of this I’m -very- insecure about letting people touching me, as well as wearing revealing clothing. I always feel like I have to cover up or have something over me. This coupled with my weight hasn’t been the best for my self-esteem over the years, but seeing this blog and seeing other people’s KP has put me to tears, and I hope sharing mine will help someone as much as it’s helped me.

This is my keratosis pilaris… It’s something that I’ve struggled with my entire life, in addition to my weight (and stretch marks as a result of that.) I’ve had people gawk at me, especially growing up, asking me if it was a rash, if I was “gonna be ok,” if it was acne, and just really invasive questions. It’s all over my legs, back, arms, and butt, and because of this I’m -very- insecure about letting people touching me, as well as wearing revealing clothing. I always feel like I have to cover up or have something over me. This coupled with my weight hasn’t been the best for my self-esteem over the years, but seeing this blog and seeing other people’s KP has put me to tears, and I hope sharing mine will help someone as much as it’s helped me.

As I was searching the web, I came along this page. As I read some of the stories I made me want to share mines.m tiered of hiding in the dark I want to help myself and others going through the same things.  I’m 22 years old and have been suffering with what I beleive are boils.  I stayed noticing this big ugly bumps on my bum at the age of 14 . I didn’t pay any attention to them because I thought that it was just one bump abd that it would go away. What can it possible do to me? Well that one bump has speed into multiple bumps. I usually only get them on my bum but lately after haveing my second baby I have notice one or two on my vagina lips. Scary. Right!!!! I have only been with my partner and I have never had the guts to show him. Or do it with any lights. It sucks. I feel so ugly embarrass and sad. I wonder if there anything I can do to fix this. This boils arnt only ugly but painful.  Sometimes I wish that I could sit or even walk. I wonder how dose it feel to have a nice smooth bum. I have been trying to research if theirs any surgery that I can get to give me a normal bum. I can’t say how much I wish I was flat,  had strechmarks, a birthrate or anything but this. I hope I can find some support or understatement hear. 

As I was searching the web, I came along this page. As I read some of the stories I made me want to share mines.m tiered of hiding in the dark I want to help myself and others going through the same things.  I’m 22 years old and have been suffering with what I beleive are boils.  I stayed noticing this big ugly bumps on my bum at the age of 14 . I didn’t pay any attention to them because I thought that it was just one bump abd that it would go away. What can it possible do to me? Well that one bump has speed into multiple bumps. I usually only get them on my bum but lately after haveing my second baby I have notice one or two on my vagina lips. Scary. Right!!!! I have only been with my partner and I have never had the guts to show him. Or do it with any lights. It sucks. I feel so ugly embarrass and sad. I wonder if there anything I can do to fix this. This boils arnt only ugly but painful.  Sometimes I wish that I could sit or even walk. I wonder how dose it feel to have a nice smooth bum. I have been trying to research if theirs any surgery that I can get to give me a normal bum. I can’t say how much I wish I was flat,  had strechmarks, a birthrate or anything but this. I hope I can find some support or understatement hear. 

 This is really scary for me to do. For the past 7 years, I’ve struggled with dermatillomania on my arms, chest, breasts, and especially my back. Not only that, but I have crippling anxiety and I pick without even knowing sometimes. I feel like any little blemish needs to be removed, and I have to bleed to know everything is out. My mom says my scars make me look like a leper, and that I’m not allowed to wear anything that reveals my back.
 This past month, I’ve worked really hard to try and stop myself. I’ve set goals to keep myself going. This was a picture from the beginning of May, and soon I’ll post another on how it looks. I want to be able to wear my strapless dress this summer<3
 I love you all<33 Thank you for taking the time for reading, or even glancing at my picture. Any support would be wonderful, because sometimes I feel alone in this battle.

 This is really scary for me to do. For the past 7 years, I’ve struggled with dermatillomania on my arms, chest, breasts, and especially my back. Not only that, but I have crippling anxiety and I pick without even knowing sometimes. I feel like any little blemish needs to be removed, and I have to bleed to know everything is out. My mom says my scars make me look like a leper, and that I’m not allowed to wear anything that reveals my back.

 This past month, I’ve worked really hard to try and stop myself. I’ve set goals to keep myself going. This was a picture from the beginning of May, and soon I’ll post another on how it looks. I want to be able to wear my strapless dress this summer<3

 I love you all<33 Thank you for taking the time for reading, or even glancing at my picture. Any support would be wonderful, because sometimes I feel alone in this battle.

Anonymous asked: I love this blog. It shows people that they aren't freaks, it's okay to be different, and that beauty comes in all kinds of forms. This blog has shown me a lot. I used to be very insecure about my own imperfections, until I came across this. It shows you that we are all perfectly imperfect, and we should not hide our imperfections, but embrace them, because they are a part of us that we can not change. They make us who we are.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I have spent the past hour looking through everyone’s submissions and with each post, I find myself feeling proud of everybody on the road to self-love. I’m 20 and it has taken me years to come to terms with my flaws, and my skin has been a major one that I have yet to fully accept. The pressure to be “beautiful” is terrible, but the pressure to be “normal” feels like it could break me. Sometimes, it’s hard to feel “normal” with a skin condition.

But maybe one day, I won’t be afraid of my flaws, and I’ll be okay with what I have. Maybe, I might even come to love all of it. 

Thank you for this blog, and thank you to everyone that has submitted.

These are the scars on my thigh that have been left behind by years of self harming.

These are the scars on my thigh that have been left behind by years of self harming.

Anonymous asked: Hi! First of all, I want to tell you something. Thank you. Whoever you are. This blog helps me a LOT, now I know that there's people like me in the world, people with my same problems. And I owe everything to you, the owner of this beautiful place. I wanted to send a pic of me a couple times...but I'm afraid. I'm not even half of beautiful as the poeple here. And everyone here are women I think. I'm a guy (I know I shouldn't care, buy, you know...). But anyway, Thank you so much for this!

I’m tangledupinlace (Jessica Luxery) and I might be looking for other mods so this space can get the attention it requires! But also this is a space for EVERYONE (with the assumption they are respectful to themselves and those posted on the blog) and I think my intention with creating this blog was less about making things beautiful and more about the raw real ways our skin exists and affects us and how we’re learning to love it. You don’t have to love something to make it beautiful and being beautiful doesn’t always guarantee love or celebration. 

For me, on a personal level, it was about how I felt like my body was alien because I wasn’t ever seeing skin like mine, I had to be ashamed and private about it and that only bred more discomfort. I wanted a place to shrug that off and find community. 

Our Skin turned 3 a little bit ago and I still get really wicked messages and emails about this space and that spells success for me <3 I hope you post eventually, it does require a lot of bravery but it can release you of some shame and I can always make your posts anonymous if that suits you best!

Lots of love to you all xoxoxo