Everyone has bad days. But usually online, we only see people’s good ones.
However, we all know that’s not reality — and that’s precisely the inspiring message from Carys Gray, a fitness blogger who’s being praised after sharing an honest makeup-free photo of herself during an eczema flareup.
Gray, who has more than 148,000 followers on the social media platform, shows two photos of herself in the viral image: one with her eczema under control and makeup on her face, and another with her eczema flared up and her face makeup-free.
“Social media/Instagram will show the good days,” Gray wrote in part in the now viral post, which had garnered over 80,000 likes as of Tueday afternoon. “But here's a reminder that next time you see something on social media that you think is 'goals' that it's not the full story, it's not how that person will look or be alllllll the time!”
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and itchiness, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can occur at any age, and it does not have a cure.
In the caption of the post, Gray goes on to encourage her followers to have body confidence despite their imperfections.
“I'm still struggling to accept myself on the right, it's a big insecurity of mine and that's fine,” she wrote. “I'm learning to accept myself knowing that everyone has their own struggles and insecurities and that's what makes us unique and special.”