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.
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

This is so cool lol :) hi my name is brenda and I have port wine stain all over my right arm, hand, shoulder and chest. 
I love my birthmark it is me, it made me strong and confident I cant tell you how much I have learned from this birthmark. I used to hate wearing short sleeves. I thought I was ugly because my crush told me that my birthmark made me ugly. I learned that god made me this way because I am different. Now I have a boyfriend  that loves everypart of me especially my port wine stain. Never forget that your unique birthmark makes you more beautiful.

This is so cool lol :) hi my name is brenda and I have port wine stain all over my right arm, hand, shoulder and chest. 

I love my birthmark it is me, it made me strong and confident I cant tell you how much I have learned from this birthmark. I used to hate wearing short sleeves. I thought I was ugly because my crush told me that my birthmark made me ugly. I learned that god made me this way because I am different. Now I have a boyfriend  that loves everypart of me especially my port wine stain. Never forget that your unique birthmark makes you more beautiful.

I&#8217;ve had most of these moles for as long as I can remember, and I&#8217;ve never met another person with as many as me. I grew up in Florida and I never saw sunscreen as a necessity. I spent long hours in the sun as well as tanning beds. I&#8217;ve had several moles removed which have left me with ugly scars. I constantly feel like people stare at me whenever I wear lower cut shirts. I was always tormented by boys growing up. I wish I could learn to love my spots.

I’ve had most of these moles for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never met another person with as many as me. I grew up in Florida and I never saw sunscreen as a necessity. I spent long hours in the sun as well as tanning beds. I’ve had several moles removed which have left me with ugly scars. I constantly feel like people stare at me whenever I wear lower cut shirts. I was always tormented by boys growing up. I wish I could learn to love my spots.

Eczema. Actually this is when my hands look GOOD.

Eczema. Actually this is when my hands look GOOD.

So, I’ve been researching and have seen claims that Hidradenitis Suppurativa is linked to gluten intolerance. Anyone here tried removing gluten from their diets to see if it helps? Apparently gluten is linked to a lot of skin diseases. Makes sense. I think I’m going to try it and see how it works out! 

These are my legs, and my favorite part about my body. Before last year, I was afraid of people seeing them. Having keratosis pilaris was a big insecurity in my life and I would constantly get comments on my skin, about how i needed lotion, questions on what it was, if it hurt, if i have it everywhere, if i didn&#8217;t care about it, if i did care about it, if its eczema, if it goes away, if i tried this homemade remedy, if i had a certain scrub and so forth. I avoided these questions by comments by covering myself up and kept my insecurities about my &#8220;weird&#8221; legs inside until I found out about the body-positivity movement. From the beginning of last year I started wearing skirts and shorts without tights for once in my life. I don&#8217;t actually think ive owned a pair of pants since then. People always ask me why I don&#8217;t wear pants and I always say its because I don&#8217;t get cold very easily and I don&#8217;t like the way pants look or feel on me. What I don&#8217;t tell them is how I used to hate my legs. How seeing them every day now, and letting other people see them everyday feels empowering. My legs are never smooth and &#8220;perfect&#8221;, they&#8217;re covered in bruises from concerts, cuts from adventures, scratches from nature, and most of all little red and black bumps from my keratosis pilaris and they will always be perfect to me.

These are my legs, and my favorite part about my body. Before last year, I was afraid of people seeing them. Having keratosis pilaris was a big insecurity in my life and I would constantly get comments on my skin, about how i needed lotion, questions on what it was, if it hurt, if i have it everywhere, if i didn’t care about it, if i did care about it, if its eczema, if it goes away, if i tried this homemade remedy, if i had a certain scrub and so forth. I avoided these questions by comments by covering myself up and kept my insecurities about my “weird” legs inside until I found out about the body-positivity movement. From the beginning of last year I started wearing skirts and shorts without tights for once in my life. I don’t actually think ive owned a pair of pants since then. People always ask me why I don’t wear pants and I always say its because I don’t get cold very easily and I don’t like the way pants look or feel on me. What I don’t tell them is how I used to hate my legs. How seeing them every day now, and letting other people see them everyday feels empowering. My legs are never smooth and “perfect”, they’re covered in bruises from concerts, cuts from adventures, scratches from nature, and most of all little red and black bumps from my keratosis pilaris and they will always be perfect to me.

Skin picking

Im so ashamed, my skin picking has become so horrible im embarassed to go out of my room to my family. sometimes i get in these moods where i will just sit in an area i can see my skin and pick for hours until im bleeding and scabbed. Im 15 and going to school with these marks and scabs is ruining my life.. i dont know why im sending you this but no one i know understands. 

Hi there 
I have localized scleroderma which essentially means I have some dark patches on my skin.  The photo doesn&#8217;t show it very well, but on my back it&#8217;s quite dark. When I was in first grade a dermatologist took a sample of my skin leaving a sensitive circle shaped scar.  I also have the patches on my knees and on my hips.  The doc said they&#8217;d be gone by the time I was 12 but I&#8217;m 15 now. They&#8217;ve faded a bit but at this point I don&#8217;t care.  It think they&#8217;re cool.

Hi there 

I have localized scleroderma which essentially means I have some dark patches on my skin.  The photo doesn’t show it very well, but on my back it’s quite dark. When I was in first grade a dermatologist took a sample of my skin leaving a sensitive circle shaped scar.  I also have the patches on my knees and on my hips.  The doc said they’d be gone by the time I was 12 but I’m 15 now. They’ve faded a bit but at this point I don’t care.  It think they’re cool.

I deal with obsessive picking of my scalp. I spend hours scratching and picking at my scalp and it hurts really bad. Brushing my hair hurts, washing my hair burns, and I hate for people to pat me on the head, a seemingly innocent gesture that causes me pain. There&#8217;s nothing wrong with my scalp- I just obsessively scratch and pick at it to make wounds and scabs. Possibly from anxiety? I have more bald and bloody spots besides these.
This pain has started impacting me a lot, but I&#8217;m determined to overcome it! I&#8217;m starting head-rehab (for what seems like the millionth time) again, and I hope to be a long way towards healing by Christmas. My friends have been extremely supportive, instead of grossed out or appalled, they&#8217;ve really helped me on my way toward quitting. Wish me luck!

I deal with obsessive picking of my scalp. I spend hours scratching and picking at my scalp and it hurts really bad. Brushing my hair hurts, washing my hair burns, and I hate for people to pat me on the head, a seemingly innocent gesture that causes me pain. There’s nothing wrong with my scalp- I just obsessively scratch and pick at it to make wounds and scabs. Possibly from anxiety? I have more bald and bloody spots besides these.

This pain has started impacting me a lot, but I’m determined to overcome it! I’m starting head-rehab (for what seems like the millionth time) again, and I hope to be a long way towards healing by Christmas. My friends have been extremely supportive, instead of grossed out or appalled, they’ve really helped me on my way toward quitting. Wish me luck!