Acne can be a serious issue, especially if it greatly affects your confidence and mental health state. Unfortunately for so long, having pimples on your face was seen as something to be ashamed of. Now, it does seem like more and more people are accepting it as a natural thing that EVERYONE deals with, so why can't we just accept it and move on?

There are many stigmas surrounding imperfect skin. This photo series is proof that those stigmas are just flat-out ridiculous.

Racked photographed women with acne to shed light on skin issues we all deal with.

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The photo series features a variety of women with bright neon colors around or near their pimples.

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For the first time, it's like women are drawing attention to their own "imperfections" instead of others doing it for them.

Aside from showing off these gorgeous faces, the photos aim to open up a larger conversation about skin positivity.

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“'Body positivity' is such a popular concept that it’s considered a movement (a movement that has its own Wikipedia page, no less), but skin positivity is, well, not nothing, but certainly less of a thing. We wanted to explore why that is, look at how we’ve understood pimples through history, break down what the different types of acne really are and how they’re treated, find the people who are bonding through shared acne concerns online, and find out who is profiting off our insecurities about our skin. Plus, we wanted to take some cool, glamorous pictures of people where their zits aren’t covered up," the Acne Issue page reads.

We've seen a few celebrities unapologetically show off their acne, but seeing REAL women doing it is much different. 

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"For a lot of people, acne plays a role in their everyday lives — it’s also something we rarely see in the media, so everyone was in agreement that this kind of acne visibility felt essential.  We’re all dealing with our own insecurities in one way or another and showing these women foundation-free, completely in their element, doing their thing and looking amazing while doing it feels very empowering in a way...that I think, was the ultimate goal," the designer of the shoot, Lauren O'Connell, explained to Revelist.

What makes these photos even better is that they were totally impromptu.

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"Fun little fact, since these women graciously volunteered, we actually had no idea what state their skin was in prior to the morning of the shoot!" O'Connell said. That made it all the more "organic" to draw fun shapes and bright colors on the women's faces, while still keeping them the focal point.

Each woman flaunts her own ~pimple decor,~ which ultimately represents the diversity of everyone's skin.

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photo: Racked

"First and foremost it starts up these kinds of conversations and showcases this very common thing people deal with everyday.  Seeing glamorous photos of women with uncovered acne is such a refreshing reminder of a reality that isn’t quite represented enough in media today," O'Connell added.

Ultimately, the photo series is about confidence and knowing you're not the only one dealing with skin "imperfections."

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Let these photos (but really, these LADIES) serve as a clear reminder of that.

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